Growing up in North Battleford I was surrounded by several good athletes who mostly trained and played competitive hockey. After struggling with the sport I chose to quit and try something else. I found a passion for long-distance running early in High School; I would spend several hours developing running programs that I would test and apply to competitions. I found a lot of success in running that built my confidence and kept me inspired to stay fit and healthy.
Through running I developed an interest in nutrition and becoming a Dietitian. The inner geek in me absolutely loves to learn about the human body, metabolism, and nutrients in our food. The inner foodie in me really helps to show others that you can eat very good tasting food, while still eating healthy.
I first became interested in Olympic lifting after seeing the University of Saskatchewan track team doing the lifts. After a long six weeks of trying it on my own, I went to a local CrossFit affiliate to get some coaching. Soon after getting coached I was hooked on working out with others. There is something amazing about showing up to a facility that programs your workouts for the week, and coaches you through amazing warm-ups, mobility routines, strength programs, and a high intensity workout all for just one hour of your life.
As a health professional working primarily with people who have a variety of chronic conditions, I am excited by the opportunity to work with people in the gym to prevent them from getting sick. I see many people on a daily basis and I know if they would have been immersed in a culture of doing workouts that are challenging, great coaching, and sound nutrition advice, they would not be in the situation they are currently. Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and stroke, Overweight and Obesity are some of the leading chronic conditions we see today. Genetics is a factor, but I want to do whatever I can to help people make lifestyle choices to prevent these conditions from furthering in our community- and I’m going to make it fun.
Although I am not as an experienced Crossfit instructor as I am a Muay Thai one, I have taught all ages, all sizes, and know that everyone’s fitness journey is a little different. As cheesy as it sounds, the enjoyable part for me is that I get to be a part of that journey: whether it be hitting a new personal record, learning a new movement, or just simply working out so you can keep up with your kids, I look forward to being a part of your fitness journey. See you at the gym!
CF – L1
CF – Weightlifting I
– CrossFit Level 1
My Journey with crossfit started about 4 years ago but I really only got into crossfit about a year ago. Growing up in the town of Biggar I was always involved in sports including volleyball, badminton and curling. Curling has been huge part of my life starting at a young age. In 2003 we made it to Canada Winter Games in New Brunswick and in 2005 we went to Jr Nationals so leading up to these we trained with a personal trainer and sports phycologists. This introduced me to going to the gym and improving my game both physically and mentally which has become a very important part of the game. I continued to workout through out high school and have continued it on to the present.
After high school I moved to Saskatoon to pursue a passion of mine since I was a kid and went to cosmetology school. I have owned my own salon in North Battleford for the last 7 years. It has given me the freedom to curl competitively and continue on with the active healthy life style of going to the gym and now crossfit.
I was first introduced to crossfit when my cousin Lindsey opened up a crossfit gym in Unity. I would drive an hour once or twice a week to get in a workout because I loved it so much. There is something about a crossfit gym that is so different from other gyms. The group workouts, community, atmosphere and that little bit of competitiveness that is brings is just like no other.
Crossfit has improved my curling game more then I actually ever thought possible both mentally and physically. Physically I am stronger which is great for sweeping and throwing but because I am a skip I do a lot of standing which is fatiguing on the body in a different way then the front end who sweeps a lot. So being in better shape keeps my body from fatiguing as quickly which allows my brain to keep sharp. Skipping is mentally draining because you are always thinking about what shot the other team is playing, what your next move is going to be and mapping the ice. So being more physically fit allows me to do my job much better. Mentally I am stronger and more confident on and off the ice. Doing a tough WOD and digging deep to finish it has taught me many things about pushing through the tough times and knowing you can get through it just keep going and DON’T quit.
Along with curling and owning a salon I have a love of traveling. One of the great things about crossfit is that they are all over the world. Anytime I am away from home I am googling crossfit gyms in the area I will be and will stop in for a workout. The communities are always so welcoming and love to have people drop in from other parts of the world. It is so much fun to see other gyms, meet great like minded people and get a workout in while on vacation.
In August after I got home from traveling Southeast Asia for 4 months I started crossfitting 4-6 days a week in North Battleford. I then decided I wanted to take my level 1 crossfit for my own training and to start coaching and share this passion I have. In November I went to Las Vegas and got my level 1. Once curling season was over in march I started coaching in North Battleford and Unity a few days a week.
Crossfit has changed my life for the better in so many ways. I am now stronger, leaner and fitter at the age of 30 then I have ever been in my life. It has given me another passion that I am excited and eager to share with people but has also improved my own life that will continue to improve as I age. I have competed in 1 competition but want to do many more as it gives me something to set goals for and work harder to be a better athlete and better version on myself. I feel so lucky to be apart of something that is so much more then just working out. It’s about the community and being around people who are trying to better themselves both physically, mentally and for their own health to continue into the future.
Equipment we use
- Bumper plates
- Squat Rack
- Air Assault Bike
- C2 Rowers
- Medicine Balls
- Multi-Size Boxes
- Gymnastic rings
- Pull Up Bars
- And more!