- Certified Crossfit Trainer L1 (2013)
- Certified Crossfit Trainer L2 (2017)
- USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (2014)
- Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing Instructor/Coach (2007-2013)
After a sudden “life interrupted” event, I found myself seeking solace in all the wrong places. Once I was truly ready to change the destructive path I was on, I decided to throw myself into a pastime that would get me fit & healthy instead.
In 2002 I stumbled across Muay Thai which consisted of learning how to punch, kick, and elbow full force to the face and body. It was fierce and intense. It scared me, but I kept returning for more. Over the next many years, and much perseverance, I went on to become an Ameature Fighter, Instructor, Pro Fighter, and Fight Coach.
As fulfilling as my Muay Thai journey was, it took it’s toll. After two fellow fighters literally lost their lives in the ring, I knew it was time to move on. In 2010 I began dabbling into CF, learning the fundamentals on my own and incorporating it into programming for my Muay Thai, kickboxing, and boot camp athletes. In 2011 I found myself at this CrossFit gym, meeting a vibrant and dynamic Coach named Jeff Rice. He told me I had nice shoes and went onto explain very happily a WOD named “Karen”. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY WHAT?! It scared me, but I kept returning for more.
As a result, a whole new chapter in my fitness journey was born, and a new identity as a CrossFit Athlete. In many ways it was a smooth evolution. Every WOD offered the opportunity to battle for a stronger, faster, and better version of me. To rejoice in my progressions however small or big and humbly grow from my many weakness and failures. But most of all, CF gave me a stunning community of support and camaraderie I never expected. As cliche’ as it sounds, they will believe in you, even when you don’t believe in yourself. This family will lift you up, and wants you to learn, succeed, and flourish just as much as you want it for yourself. I’ve made the best of friends here. Friends I know I will have for life.
I’m honored to be a part of this ever evolving and growing group of invaluable Coaches and Athletes. My goal is to help guide and develop your strengths and skills and be a positive presence for you in this box. I hope to inspire and motivate you to be the fittest and happiest you’ve ever been in your lives.