Q: What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? 

A: Sick of living a sedentary life and all the forced isolation was really getting me down.

Q: What was your first impression? How has that changed? 

A: The rig was very intimidating at first sight and I doubted my ability to do any of it–but staff and members were so welcoming, encouraging, and never once made me feel like an idiot or like I didn’t belong. So, now I love the rig–and am close to being able to climb the rope and get my toes to the bar.

Q: What was your first “bright spot”? 

A: I had an old knee injury that got in the way early on in training. It made me feel defeated before I even really got started with CrossFit training…and I just thought, man I’m never going to be able to do what everyone else is doing in here. Then one day I realized Devan was right about my knee–Crossfit actually helped me strengthen and return to function as much or more than actual PT. Bright Spot:. Realizing I don’t need the brace as much as I thought and I’m able to jump and run without surgery. Woot!

Q: What’s your favorite CrossFit CTRL memory?” 

A: Seeing and being stoked for people getting their first rope climbs–and then realizing that I am close…as soon as I get past that fear of not being able to get back down. 😂

Q: What do you love most about CrossFit CTRL? What keeps you coming back each month? 

A: I love the people who work out here. They’ve managed to restore my faith in humanity, lol. But I also love the style of workouts we do. It’s always different and never boring; and despite not eating as cleanly as I could, I have seen some amazing changes with my body inside and out.

Q: Who inspires you? 

A: Freakin’ Deb Clay. She’s the one who told me about CTRL and got me to try it. She’s one of the most hardworking, motivating, and all-around good people I’ve met. She has like 3 jobs and still makes it to the gym with a smile on her face…nuff said.

Q: What is your current occupation? What are some hobbies, clubs, groups or activities you participate in?

A: I am a registered nurse at the ARC of Harrison County. We help people with developmental disabilities live more independent lives (such rewarding work!) Hobbies, etc: Other than CrossFit, I’ve been quite busy fixing up and relocating to a new house. When that’s all sorted out, I look forward to attending more live concerts. So miss that…. I used to make wine, so I am still very much into it. Also, I love spending time with my fur babies. 

Q: What would you say to someone you love to encourage them to try CrossFit CTRL? 
A: It will help you in so many ways–both mental and physical. Don’t be intimidated because everything can be scaled to whatever level you’re at. It’s for everyone–old, fat, young, skinny, male, female, etc–and it will definitely help you live a better life. The coaches are great and always mindful of keeping you safe and teaching you proper form. Five stars!