First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit? 

A southern gal, Tennessee born and raised. Oldest of three – I have a younger brother and sister. Mom to 5 fur babies that own my heart. Vol fan. Marketing Manager. CrossFit enthusiast. Champagne taste on a beer budget. Sports fanatic (partial to soccer/football). I love music and wine (separate, and in tandem). The beach and the mountains make my heart smile. I love doing yard work. Three P’s that make my belly happy: Pizza, pickles and peanut butter. I am very competitive, and extremely shy. 

How and why did you get involved in CrossFit? 

I have been a competitive athlete my entire life and love pushing myself to the next level. When first  introduced to CrossFit, I was training for a half marathon, playing in a local soccer league, and had a regular routine at the gym. I knew very little about CrossFit when I decided to give it a try. My first experience wasn’t the best. I decided to give it a second chance when I heard  about CrossFit Surmount – and the rest is history. I found the workouts to be challenging, dynamic, and very distinct. What I didn’t know is that I would find so much more – family, friends, and a community. I have the honor of working out alongside some amazing, wonderful, strong, supportive, and beautiful people. Not to mention the most adorable mascot, Luke. An all-around win!

What was the first workout that you completed? What do you remember most about the workout? 

I can barely remember what I did on an hour ago, so I don’t recall my first workout. However, I do recall how I felt when I finished the workout, and thinking to myself, wow, that kicked my a$$…I can’t wait to go back for more! 

What are your current and future training goals?  

My near term goals: Stringing butterfly pull-ups together. Getting a muscle up.  

Future goals: Building (barbell) strength and improving my form with these lifts. Being able to complete all workouts Rx (including the benchmark/hero WODs). Continue to compete.

What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?

I am going to pretend the word activity is plural in this question – Handstand push-ups, ring dips, pull-ups and burpees. Yes, burpees. Pretty much anything bodyweight or conditioning-related.

What is your least favorite activity or lift? 

Anything shoulder to overhead because of a nagging shoulder injury. Most specifically, snatch. My form sucks, and my shoulder hurts.  

What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?  

Deadlift – my goal was 3x bodyweight and I finally achieved it. Of the lifts, this is the one area that I am the strongest, so naturally, it tends to be my favorite. It makes me feel “strong for my size.” ☺

What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why? 

This will probably come as no surprise, but conditioning.  Why? It’s an area of strength and where I excel naturally.  

Do you eat Paleo/Zone? 

Totally.  Paleo bread, Paleo pizza, Paleo onion rings, Paleo French fries, Paleo wine…

I am a bit of a newbie to the Paleo world, but I do incorporate it as often as I can (~50% of the time). For someone who doesn’t necessarily love to cook, sticking to this can be challenging. That said, I do notice a difference in my overall well-being, strength, and workout performance when I eat clean. I just can’t seem to resist pizza, beer, or a good glass of wine.  

What are 3 fun facts about yourself? 

  1. I was a Budweiser girl in college (UT).
  2. My father was a bodybuilder and lightweight boxer.
  3. My grandfather worked on the Manhattan project, which is how my hometown of Oak Ridge (Secret City) originated. Google it!