CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
USAW Sports Performance Coach
CrossFit Adaptive Training Certification
First Aid, CPR, AED Certified
Growing up I was a competitive gymnast turned cheerleader. I was a member of the cheer programs at Barton College and UCONN where I was able to apply the foundations I learned through gymnastics to cheerleading at a collegiate level. The cheering was fun for me because it involved both lifting and all the dynamic moves of gymnastics I loved. The strict tactics used in the competitive world of cheer and gymnastics led me to develop a struggle with my body image. I tried all sorts of fitness training methods to keep my weight down, but it wasn’t until 2007 when I was introduced to a CrossFit workout that I found a program that worked and that gave me the results I had always wished for (and then some!). The constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement of this style of training was just what I needed. This type of fitness, the movements you use in real life, incorporated so much of what I loved to do. With my foundation in gymnastics, many of the movements were easy for me to figure out. The community aspect that goes hand in hand with this style of fitness was something I never experienced before. I was welcomed by fellow members when I walked into a class and I had coaches and instructors that knew things about me. Those are unique qualities that no Body Pump or Kickboxing class could offer. This gave me a whole new outlook on fitness and accountability and it changed the way I attacked my workouts, the food I ate and redefined the way I saw my body.
I am motivated by helping people discover new potential in themselves. I’m a teacher at heart (I taught Spanish for 20 years prior to opening Forma). Coaching is my passion. I love seeing people take risks and reach goals they never even knew were possible. I enjoy working with people who think they are “too old” to start something new, but even more so, I find happiness in helping them realize that “too old” is just a mindset. I like to work with all kinds of people, especially people who have never really been involved in athletics before. When I coach new athletes on the value of becoming consistent, they are rewarded with the strength they didn’t think they were capable of.