I am the perfect example of somebody who walked into a CrossFit gym and was completely intimidated. I was not a high school athlete. I danced growing up, mostly ballet. From there I found yoga, spin class and whatever else the local gym had to offer that promised great results. I enjoyed lifting weights here or there, but was never able to get any real results. Then I had two kids, and just getting to the gym was difficult. I turned the home workout programs like P90X, Insanity and 21 day fix. They were a great start, and definitely built up my cardio endurance, but the strength portion was majorly lacking for me. I wanted to be able to do things like pull-ups and lift heavy weight. I wanted to be strong. One day I had a friend come over and do insanity with me. After the work out she said, “hey this is pretty similar to CrossFit you should try it. I think you would like it.” And that was the beginning for me.I still remember sitting in a dark room nursing my son to sleep, searching on my phone for CrossFit in the Fremont area, and finding out I lived just minutes from some of the best Cross Fitters in the world. I was almost sick with nerves and excitement. At the time, with two small kids, a husband working 60 hours a week, and living in the ridiculously expensive bay area, it seemed almost impossible to fit cross fit into our budget and schedule. After discussing it, my husband and I decided that it really just came down to a choice. We had to choose to make it a priority. My husband started first and a few months later I followed. I was scared to death my first day joining a full class. I was sure I was going to drop the 45 pounds of weight I was trying to press, on my head. It was so hard. But I loved every minute of it. Every day when I went to the gym I would watch other women around me doing amazing things, and I just wanted to be able to do what they could do. I just couldn’t get enough, and eventually started staying after class to try and reach personal goals. My fitness switched from something I did because I wanted to look a certain way, to being all about reaching personal goals, and looking good was just a nice side effect. One year into CrossFit, I signed up for my first competition, the PTown Beat Down, a competition for beginner CrossFitters, and won. My first CrossFit Games Open, I wasn’t able to do any of the workouts Rx. Last year, I finished in the 82nd percentile for Rx women under under 35, and earned the Good For You CrossFit award for “Most Improved.” I went from doing every workout scaled, to being able to beat my husband in Rx workouts at the gym. (GO USA!) I went from barely deadlifting 100 lbs, to a 1 rep max of 250 lbs. My back squat went from 95 lbs, to 215 lbs, and my strict press went from 60 lbs to 95 lbs. I don’t list these accomplishments to impress anyone, but to show if I could do it, you can too. This is why I decided to become a CrossFit coach. CrossFit has changed my life. As a mom, it’s so easy to get lost in the daily grind of caring for your family. CrossFit has given me my own identity. A place where I can prove I can do hard things. That satisfaction has made me a better mom and wife. My goal is to find the people who walk into the gym feeling overwhelmed, and like the total underdog, who are willing to work hard, and help them to reach their fullest potential.