- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- CrossFit Level 2 Certification
- CrossFit Judge course 2013, 2014 & 2015
- CPR / First Aid
- 321go Project seminar
Education: University of Connecticut, B.S. Business Administration
Background: I have been an athlete for most of my life. I played Soccer & softball through High School. During my first varsity soccer game I suffered a serious injury. I was kicked in the back and fractured L5 & S1 vertebrae. I thought I wouldn’t be able to play sports or workout ever again. I was out of school for 1/2 my freshman year but returned to play Varsity softball later that year. My back injury healed incorrectly and I had surgery my freshman year in college. I was told to stay “in shape” the rest of my life or I would be at risk for further surgeries. I proceeded to try and do everything I could to keep fit. I went to the gym and did lots and lots of cardio. After college, I was going to the gym on and off. I was definitely not consistent. I was frustrated because I didn’t have the guidance to go hit the weights with all the guys at the gym, so I shied away from lifting. I was always struggling with my weight. I got into running in my late 30’s and ran 4-7 miles every day. I did lots of 5k’s and adventure type races, but I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I also had not a clue what mobility was and how important it is in an program!
I was intrigued to try CrossFit in September of 2012. I thought I was somewhat fit and in great cardiovascular shape, boy was I wrong! It’s been a great journey, mentally and physically. I started at CrossFit Halo I was around 176 pounds and most of that wasn’t muscle! I was totally hooked after the first day, obsessed as my family & friends might say!
In just a couple months I was seeing the results form the hard work I was putting in at the box. I was ready to start getting a handle on my nutrition, which helped me get closer to the goals & results I was looking for.
In the summer of 2012, Coach K asked if I was interested in becoming a coach. I agreed and have gone through the Halo Coaches training program & shadowing before I went to get my L1.
I am always researching CrossFit movement standards, new mobility techniques and anything other info I can get to help the members at Halo & myself stay in the best level of fitness possible.
In 2014, Coach K the former owner, asked if I was interested in becoming the owner and taking over the box. After several long discussions with my husband and family, I dove head first into becoming a full time CrossFit Coach!!
Outside of CrossFit – I still love to run and do events like the Warrior Dash, 5K’s, biking, swimming and rollerblading. I also dedicate my time to my two kids, husband, and several dogs. With all the sports the kids are into, there is very little “FREE TIME”!
I enjoy every minute at the box, whether it’s lifting or participating in a WOD. I especially coaching the amazing athletes we have at Halo, their fitness success stories make what I do so meaningful!!
- CrossFit Level 1 Certification
- CrossFit Level 2 Certification
- CrossFit Judges Course 2013, 2014 & 2015
- CPR/First Aid Certifications
Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. B.A. Sociology
Institute of Healing Arts and Sciences, Bloomfield, CT. Energy Medicine Practitioner
Hartford Family Institute, West Hartford, CT. 4 years of study in Body Centered Psychotherapy and Subtle Energy Healing
I have been an athlete for most of my life. I participated in Soccer, Swimming and Softball through high school, and was voted Captain for each. I was acknowledged as an All-American in Swimming. I continued to swim and play soccer in college. After I graduated, I joined a women’s soccer league and played up until I had my first child. Sports have always been my passion. Being part of a team created a sense of belonging to something greater, it gave me community. I was missing that passion in my life and that is when I found Crossfit Halo. Crossfit has given me a place where I can feed that passion in me and coaching gives me a place to support others in finding and feeding their own passion. I love being a part of the Crossfit Halo community, as a member and a coach. The best part of being part of the Crossfit Halo community is witnessing members work hard and achieve things they once thought were impossible. My intention as a coach is to support each and every member in becoming who they wish to be!
Education: Northeastern University, Boston, MA Doctor in Pharmacy
Background: For the majority of my life I lived a sedentary and anything but athletic lifestyle. My nutrition was far from optimal and every year I added a few pounds and generally felt worse. In 2007 I decided to make a change and signed up at a local gym. I did the typical gym routine, isometric movements on the machines followed by long sessions of light cardio. Eventually I started doing group classes such as cycling but never really noticed any changes to my body or how I felt. I met a wonderful woman, who is now my wife, and one day we went to a bridal show where there was a Beachbody booth promoting their exercise programs. It was then that both us decided we didn’t like the way we looked or felt and it was time to make some drastic changes. I immediately purchased Insanity and finished the program in 60 days. I then moved on to higher and higher intensity home fitness programs and in about a year had lost 30 pounds, gained muscle mass, and was feeling amazing. However, I began to plateau again and the fitness I was seeking just was not happening. Around the same time I discovered something that not only changed my life but would also change the way I thought about challenges and how to overcome them, Spartan Race. I did my first Spartan Sprint in June of 2013 in Tuxedo, NY. It was a brutal 4 mile uphill grind that I thought about quitting so many times. In the end I finished the race. I signed up for more eventually completing the Spartan Beast in Glen Rose, TX which was a 14 mile course during freezing temperatures. I learned that my fitness was barely enough to get me through these races and that I had to take it up a notch. My wife told me about CrossFit and that there was a box only a mile from our house. I decided to check it out.
October 2013 I took my first CrossFit class and was instantly hooked. I had never experienced anything so hard but so rewarding at the same time. Each class was something new and the friends I made, who I now consider my family, I knew that CrossFit was the end game of my fitness journey. I have been doing CrossFit now for two and half years. It is still a challenge but I love every second I am at CrossFit Halo. The best part of day is spending time with my friends here working hard and becoming more fit every day. I continue to do Spartan Races every year and currently have six Trifectas in 3 years with four more planned for 2016. In February of 2016, I took the next step and got my L1 Certificate and now coach at CrossFit Halo. Becoming a CrossFit coach has enriched my life so much. The sedentary lifestyle is no more and I now consider myself an athlete.
Education: University of Connecticut, B.A. History
Background: I grew up outside. I did a lot of hiking and fishing while growing up and still do. I shied away from organized sports and the gym for the majority of my life, I didn’t have a chance to participate in them when I was young and they intimidated me as I got older. I ended up becoming a runner (5k twice a week) after college, always outside and always by myself, and I participated in a race only once. In my 20s, between running and giving up my gallon a day soda habit, I was able to stay “in shape” – I was tall and skinny. The years went by and aspects of my fitness started to bother me, and I knew I wasn’t as strong anymore as I was when I was 18 anymore. I also started playing on a beer league hockey team and thought as a runner, I should have good cardio and strong legs for skating. Nope, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The last straw for me was when it started to get harder and harder to keep weight off.
My wife had been doing CrossFit for almost 2 years and constantly told me this was made for me, that I would love the stuff they do. I saw how much time she committed to it and I was hesitant but I eventually decided I had to do something. In early 2015, I on-ramped at CrossFit Halo and started going as much as possible. I am a technically minded person and the body mechanics of the movements engaged me right away. On top of that the workouts constantly varied, every one was a new challenge. I reluctantly had to tell my wife she was right, I did love CrossFit, she doesn’t hold it against me too often 😉
I love learning new skills and building new things, constant self improvement was a part of my ethos before I found CrossFit, but it opened a whole new theater of action for me. I took an Olympic weightlifting class, participated in fitness competitions, and started running some Spartan races, all of it eventually leading me to coaching. I took my CrossFit Level 1 in September of 2016 and started coaching at Halo shortly after that. Coaching is about constantly learning and applying that knowledge to the clients to make them better and help them achieve goals. It’s very rewarding to see my Halo friends get better, get fitter and know I had a part in helping them do that so I strive for that everyday.