The One X Ten Interview:
1. Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I grew up in Virginia but Raleigh, NC is my home now.
2. How did you get started in your sport and when did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally?
I discovered CrossFit when I was in Iraq working as a civilian contractor. I fell in love with it immediately and just wanted to train. Eventually, years later, my friend signed me up for a competition. Although I was good in the gym, I had never competed before and was freaked out and didn't think I would enjoy it. I did. I loved it so much and immediately wanted to compete as much as possible.
3. What is the biggest setback you’ve suffered as an athlete?
I have had some body issues from overuse. Not an actual injury but wear and tear from being in a pro sport. Your body gets beaten up every day and on a long enough timeline you have to repair some of the damage. Not being ablate train and play at 100% was emotionally and mentally tough. You have to know that going at a lighter effort is the best for the long run.
4. Best piece of advice from women starting out in your sport?
HAVE FUN!! Don't compare yourself to others, especially in competition. The more you enjoy what you do, the better you will become at it. Relax, have a good time, and stick to the program, trust the process. Many people want to see change NOW and that isnt possible or always safe. Know that if you stay on track, good things will come.
5. What’s the biggest misconception people have about being a female athlete?
Lol, that you loose your boobs and look like a man! Yes, I know I have small breasts, but working out didn't make them small. I have always been petite! Training in sports doesn't make women look like men, it makes women look strong and powerful!
6. Whom in your sport do you admire the most and why?
I admire Greg Glassman the most because he has created a revolution that has affected so many people's lives for the better and never ever wavered on what he believed in. To this day he maintains his philosophies and doesn't allow the "whir" of the fitness world to affect his views.
7. What’s in your gym/workout bag?
Protein powder, shaker, peanut butter, hydration tablets, and some bcaa's. For my equipment my RPM jump rope, yoga towel, lifting shoes, exo sleeve knee sleeves, sweat cosmetics wipes, a change of workout clothes, phone charger (duh), and little phone stand.
Two eggs, fruit, peanut butter every day!
9. Favorite workout or workout tip?
Use good mechanics. Take the time to know what you are supposed to be doing and dont rush the clock compromising form for a faster workout. You will be able to go faster with good technique but its important for the workout and safety of your body that you learn the movements properly.
10. We define “The Wonder” as the state of reaching the truly extraordinary—the achievements that most people, including you at one point, could not fathom. What is your Wonder and what has it taken—or what will it take—to reach it?
I want to leave a legacy behind that is bigger than myself. I want to create such a deep and powerful impact on not just the health and wellness industry, but help bring health and wellness to the masses. I am continually discovering more and more what it takes but the foundation is relentlessness and collaborations with other like minded people and companies.