What’s your favroite CrossFit movement or workout?: hmm probably box jumps and wallballs
What is your favorite out-of-the-gym activity?: playing soccer, snowboarding, going to nice restaurants
What’s it like being a woman and coaching men?: I’ve never thought much about it. I don’t ascribe to typical gender stereotypes. I know I have a lot to offer as a coach so to me it doesn’t matter if my athlete is a male or female. What matters is that they are coachable and motivated to learn.
Do you feel pressure to be able to master every CrossFit movement because you’re a coach? Pressure to look fit and eat right more because you’re a coach?: I wouldn’t say I feel pressure. I would say that I like to lead by example. I opened a gym to help people live healthier, I value health and fitness, and I feel obligated to live a life that aligns with my values. In terms of mastery of movements, I don’t feel pressure but I LOVE to learn and I love to be challenged so I am internally motivated to learn new things and push myself.
Do you have siblings?:Yes one older brother. He’s 9 years older than me and I am my mom’s favorite child 🙂
Which Bellum member is your favorite?: Does Remi count?
Do the coaches ever feel bad about what they put us through? Or do they see an up-coming workout and laugh about how much we will hate it?: I think we sometimes like to see people suffer a little but we usually do the workouts too so we it’s collective suffering that we enjoy 🙂
Where would you travel if you had no budget?: hmmm…probably australia
Ski or swim?: Ski…for those of you who know me well, I am not much of a swimmer. I have to hold my nose and I can barely stay afloat. We all have strengths and weaknesses.
Steak or seafood?: ohhh…probably seafood but I love steak as well.
What is your favorite sport after CrossFit?: Soccer
What is your spirit animal?: A Puma…only a few of you will get his reference
What’s your favorite part about coaching?: Knowing that people are more capable than they believe they are. When you can get someone to do something they didn’t believe they could that’s a powerful feeling.
What was the happiest/proudest moment of your own personal CrossFit (or weight lifting) career?: Has to be 2010 Regionals when myself and my team qualified for the 2010 CrossFit games. It was truly a team effort and I would’ve gone to places that I’ve never gone to before to sacrifice for my teammates. It’s an experience I could never replicate.
What was the most disappointing/frustrating moment?: Probably my second shoulder surgery in 2012. I had come off my best year in individual competition placing 76 in the NorthEast region and I had to get my shoulder repaired yet again which impacted my training for the entire following year.
Do you ever need a break from CrossFit and/or everything CrossFit related?: No, never…I love CrossFit. I love it because it’s unforgiving at times and exposes your weaknesses as an athlete and human being. CrossFit is 50% mental and if your head isn’t right one may experience a feeling of needing a break. It’s a sport that can make you feel very accomplished or very exposed and vulnerable. If you cannot handle vulnerability you will likely not last. I embrace those opportunities for growth. The world is unforgiving so building resilience is a key to survival in my opinion. Also just from a pure training perspective I believe CrossFit is the best strength & conditioning program that exists. It’s fun and you can always grow. There is no ceiling for growth within the sport.
What is your biggest personal CrossFit accomplishment?: Competing in the 2010 CrossFit Games. I was a lot more fit back then 🙂
Why CrossFit? What brought you to this and why coaching it?: I was introduced and my passion expanded to wanting to introduce it to others.
What would your superhero name be?: No Chill Annie…lol I think that is my superhero name. Give me the green light and I will go!
If you could go back to when you started CrossFit with what you know now, what is one piece of advice you’d give yourself?: Crawl before you walk. Build a solid base of strength and technique and then add intensity.
You only get ONE indulgence for the rest of your life. What is it?: Ice cream..no brainer.