I began CrossFitting in 2010 after I graduated High School. I found a home at CrossFit Iron Will in Springfield, MA headed by Heath Speckman. I compete regularly in CrossFit competitions as well as Olympic Weightlifting meets representing the CrossFit Iron Will family. Aside from being an athlete, I began coaching CrossFit after becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in 2011. In May 2013 I received my Sports Performance Weightlifting Certification from USA Weightlifting. I am now the head coach and President of the Iron Will Weightlifting Club.
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer- June 2011
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach- May 2013
I began CrossFit in 2010 because a friend of mine made a bet with me that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Turns out, I won that bet!
I instantly fell in love with everything CrossFit had to offer. The constant variability of the workouts paired with the intensity was enough to make me both crave and dread walking through the doors each day. I was amazed at the progress and results that I saw after just a short time. Although the workouts were what initially got me hooked, the community was what kept me wanting to constantly learn more and improve my lifestyle and knowledge of physical fitness and wellness.
I became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer in July 2011 and shortly after, earned my CrossFit Kids certification in October as a quest to educate children about the importance of fitness and nutrition. As a Special Education teacher, I initially wanted to become a trainer in order to help children with and without disabilities execute functional movements while having fun and getting fit. As I began coaching, I wanted to expand my focus to adults as well.
Shortly after, I began assisting and coaching the Foundations classes for the new members. Introducing people to the sport of CrossFit has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever been blessed with. It’s amazing to see all levels of athletes walk through the doors as strangers to Crossfit and then watch as they all progress into stronger, healthier people.
We are all a diverse crowd. We come from different families, different careers, different backgrounds, etc. But we all have one thing in common. We all know that defeated feeling as we look at the barbell and doubt our ability to complete that last rep, until the person next to us cheers us on and gives us the strength to finish. We begin as strangers and become a community and that is exactly what makes me love being a coach at CrossFit Iron Will.
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer- July 2011
- CrossFit Kids Trainer- October 2011
- American Heart Association CPR & AED certified