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At this point I had an opportunity to kickstart my career by getting certified through 24hour Fitness in Sacramento, so I commuted 5-6 days per week down the hill and learned the corporate side of the business. During this time I also got NASM and NCSF certified and was a top grossing trainer. After a year it was time for me to move on and start my own business. I got plugged into the small local gym that I had been working at in the evening before heading down the hill. I capitalized on a huge mail promotion that the gym was running and offered each new person 2 free sessions. Within 2 months I was booked with 22 paying clients and I just loved my work.
Over the following 12 years I tried every fitness trend and experimented with a variety of training methods which included kickboxing, bootcamps, racquetball…you name it! My love and passion for total body training continued to grow and evolve over the next several years which led me to starting an online instructional video business and returning to school. This phase taught me a lot but it didn’t fill the void.
At this point I had accumulated enough experience to know I didn’t want to go into medicine or physical therapy but I also wasn’t eager to go back to doing personal training all day. While personal training is lucrative, it was not a good long term business model for me. I was looking to develop more of a team atmosphere as opposed to individual relationships that were mostly limited to people with more money and tend to be more short term.
I had been observing the CrossFit business for about 5 years and there were several elements that attracted me to it. The methodology was a no brainer for me since the primary movement patterns being adopted were based around squats and deadlifts which progress towards the Olympic lifts being the clean, clean and jerk, and snatch. These progressions combined with other metabolic conditioning exercises like rowing, running, jumping and basic gymnastics repeated for shorter periods at high intensity made absolute sense to me.
There was a lot that I needed to learn but I could very clearly see building a team around this style of training because I knew it was the most effective type of activity a person could do to build strength, flexibility and to increase aerobic capacity while constantly varying the workouts to create a stimulus that requires the body to constantly adapt. Plus it never gets boring which is a big factor in staying motivated. I started by trying to build a business that happened to be really hip and sexy looking. Instead I discovered what I am made of. For every success I experienced, there was an equal amount of adversity while building this team. I have learned that success is only as big as your will and your will is only as big as it is tested. I am motivated by my failures as well as my successes. Our slogan “rise again” means follow your heart even when you can’t feel your heart beat. Your heart is your most intrinsic sense and it will never forsake you. We are only misled when we stop believing what our heart is saying. When you feel like your faith has reached its limit let it all go, start back at the beginning and rise again. My efforts to help others have helped me define who I am and my purpose. Grass Valley CrossFit has become my heart and my home especially since I get to share so much of it with my wife and kids who all love it and do it with me. I love this place!
In my free time I enjoy my three cats and pit bull. With my awesome husband, Steve, we are yearly Burners )’(, canoers, 4Wheelers, road trippers, concert goes and connoisseurs of a good tequila.
I am a proud child of the 80’s thanks to my awesome parents, Ralph and Laura, whom have supported my dreams in this life.
Fitness has always been incredibly important to me and I have helped to spread the word to my family and friends. Grass Valley Crossfit has been my home away from home and my second family. With working a full time job and coaching, you guys refill my cup! Every time! Always! I thank every one of you!
I look forward to meeting your new face!