As the owner and Head Coach at CrossFit Route 7 and Ballston CrossFit - I am truly living my dream of owning businesses I am so passionate about! In February 2012 I opened Ballston CrossFit and we now have close to 300 members. When I got the opportunity to open CrossFit Route 7 in January of 2015, I was extremely excited to be able to share a healthy lifestyle with more people! I have always strived to live a healthy and fun-filled life (pura vida!) - live life to its fullest every day!
As a competitive national-level tennis player, including a member of James Madison University's (JMU) Division 1 Varsity Tennis, I learned how to train hard and get results. After graduating from JMU, I continued to pursue athletic achievements and adventure sports (one of my favorite races was the XTERRA National Championships in Lake Tahoe, NV against some of the country’s top off-road triathletes). Thankfully, in late 2009, I found CrossFit and it has totally transformed my approach to fitness, in an incredibly positive way! As I approach my upper 30's, the incredible results from CrossFit continue to allow me to improve my overall fitness (I love getting stronger and faster every day)!!
When I'm not at CrossFit Route 7 or Ballston CrossFit, you can find me mountain biking, playing floor hockey, boosting air on the kiteboard or wakeboard, hanging out with friends, or backpacking around the world! Be sure to ask about great places to go on your next international adventure!
I love my job and feel very lucky to love what I do - teaching my friends how to live a fit and healthy lifestyle!
I hold the following certifications:
After being introduced to CrossFit in 2010, I discovered the many holes in my fitness that I couldn't hide from. Already possessing a background in weightlifting, wrestling and gymnastics, I had an idea of what my limits were and if I could I surpass them. Over my years as a CrossFit athlete, I have been constantly testing myself in local competitions and have had the pleasure of competing in the Mid-Atlantic Regional's in the Team Division. I started coaching CrossFit in 2012 and I love to serve my community of athletes by passing on the things that I have learned to those with the desire to improve their lifestyle and physically challenge themselves through fitness. I currently hold the following certifications:
Athletics has been my entire world for as long as I can remember. I played soccer at an elite level early on along with many other sports including baseball, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, and figure skating. I had the great fortune of being able to play D1 soccer in college and one year professionally with the NWSL upon graduating.
My passion for playing and coaching began with soccer, and has since evolved to be focused on Crossfit and Yoga. I first tried Crossfit a year and a half ago. It brought out many of the familiar qualities that had been nurtured within me as a long time competitive athlete. A little before this time I also began to dive into Yoga which brought a greater sense of balance and overall well being to my life. I have a deep desire to continue growing within these disciplines and continue training every day, and to share what I learn with others!
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family/friends, being outdoors and listening to podcasts! I am beyond excited to join the Ballston/CFR7 community!:
I have been training hard my entire adult life. I found fitness in the military and strive to keep that fitness mentality alive in myself everyday. I have been helping people get strong since 2011, as a command fitness leader. Since then I have been training everyone I work with using the same principles I learned during my service. Coaching people to be better is my passion. I take pride in my athletes achieving their goals and spreading the idea that hard work is worth something. Since dedicating my own training to CrossFit I have become healthier than I ever was before. I’ve sustained numerous injuries in the past but CrossFit has led me to training more effectively than I had ever known possible. My athletic growth is no longer hindered by past injuries and chronic ailments, like it was in the past. Now I just mobilize and move on.
Currently my main focus outside of coaching and training for recreational competitions is massage therapy. I’m constantly seeking knowledge and experience that will help me better myself and subsequently, everyone I work with.
I currently hold the following certifications:
After being introduced to CrossFit in the summer of 2013, I have to say I instantly fell in love. I had absolutely zero background in sports, and can’t say that I have ever been what you could consider an athlete. My background prior to CrossFit was generally in running and your basic gym group classes, but something was missing when I wanted to push myself further. Working in Tyson’s Corner at the time, many of my coworkers were trying out this whole CrossFit thing around the corner, and I decided to give it a try and haven’t stopped.
If you think you’ve had a real workout before, this provides the opportunity to show you what a workout can truly be! Between working with barbells, moving your body through gymnastics movements, and pushing yourself to the limits of your intensity, it’s easy to see where the holes in your fitness really are. The constant variation keeps me coming back for more. From coming in with basically no experience in any of these types of movements, it’s amazing to see the progress in how far you can go and the capabilities of your body and strength.
I encourage anyone with even the slightest interest to stop in and see us! Yes it’s a workout, but the community aspect is unlike anything else I have experienced. CrossFit is accessible to absolutely anyone and everyone, so if you have any doubts just ask, and you’ll be amazed with what you’ll be able to accomplish.