Meet Your Coaches
Who are these awesome people?
Everyday you sign into class and spend 60 well-fought minutes with some pretty terrific people. Ever wonder who they really are? Where are they from? And how did they get to be so awesome?
I thought it’d be cool to tell you a little bit about the coaches that you sweat with every day. They truly care about you and about the skills that they teach you each day. They push you, they praise you and they make you better than yesterday. Enjoy getting to know them better… I’d like to introduce, Coach Lori.
CFH: How long have you been with CrossFit Hixson? I have been with CFH since it was just a twinkle in Amber’s eye. I remember one day, sitting at Starbucks with her and she told me that she was going to quit her job(s) and open a CrossFit Gym. She showed me her CrossFit notebook and how she was studying to take her Level 1. Now mind you, we had only been Crossfitting together for about a month. I thought she was (a little) crazy, but I knew that once she set her mind to something, all I could do was help, support and encourage her. And look where she is now :-)!!
CFH: What did you do before CrossFit Hixson? Where did you work? What did you do for exercise? How did you find out about CrossFit Hixson etc?
In High School, College and even after I played soccer. I also ran, but I have never been one of those people who REALLY enjoyed running. I ran because it was good exercise and I trained for a few half marathons, but I suffered through several over-use injuries training for long distances. That’s how I ended up at the SportsBarn: My doctor told me to take a break from running, so I needed SOMETHING to do and I was allowed to use a bike and elliptical during my re-hab. Amber and I met when my youngest (Ryan) and her middle (Haley) started Kindergarten together – about six years ago (Fall 2009). The two of us started out running together with some other women. We also played on a women’s soccer team together. During the winter of 2011/2012, the weather was crummy and we tried a few workouts on the SportsBarn floor. I am not quite sure when Amber told me they were “CrossFit” workouts. I just know she searched her phone every day (a/k/a “mainsite”) and found something
she liked and we did it. She challenged me to give it 8 weeks and see if I didn’t like it better than my (then) current program of running mixed with powerflex classes. I guess you can figure out what I thought about her “CrossFit Challenge”
CFH: What is your favorite exercise? Hmm. This is hard and I don’t know that I have one favorite. I like Handstand push-ups, a SMALL amount of running, sit-ups and squatting.
CFH: How ofter do you workout? In a perfect world, I would work out 5-6 times a week and I feel better when I can. However, working a few part-time jobs and having 4 active children make this difficult. I love it, though, an if I didn’t, it would be hard to “make myself” come. Instead, I hate it when my other obligations get in the way – my CrossFit Family is amazing!
CFH: Is there something or someone that has inspired your fitness journey? I love watching the CrossFit Games and seeing people of all shapes/sizes/ages compete and truly be strong. A CrossFit athlete is a well-rounded ATHLETE, not just a good runner, swimmer, biker, etc. Our sport also challenges us to work to improve our weaknesses, and I have a bunch! We also have several inspiring athletes at CrossFit Hixson and coaching them and working out alongside them pushes me to be better! I am thrilled that my girls enjoy it as well and love that we can talk about our workouts and they know all the movements and how hard something can be. They (along with my non-crossfitting boys) push me to work hard so that I can keep up with them in their activities. I can kick around a soccer ball, play basketball, pitch to Ryan and swing a golf club, among many other things.
CFH: Are you married? Kids? Animals? Yes, married to Michael for 21 years with 4 children: Brendan (18) is a Freshman at Alabama, Meagan (16) is a junior at Notre Dame High School, Sarah (13) is an 8th grader at St. Jude and Ryan (11) is a 6th grader, also at St. Jude. My girls also participate in CrossFit. It has made them faster, fitter, stronger and more competitive which has transferred well into their sports. I can’t tell you how many times people have told me how strong Meagan and Sarah look…. One parent said that Meagan’s kicks (in soccer) look so effortless and that they are strong. I just smile and say, “It’s CrossFit.” It gives them confidence and makes me so proud. I also have 2 dogs: Kona and Indy.
CFH: Why do you think CrossFit is better than any other program of the same kind of format? I like that it is constantly varied. I got so burnt out in my Group Fitness classes, because I felt like we always did the same thing. I also got bored running. I like that I never know what we are going to do each day and whatever it is, it will make me stronger and challenge me. It is also a great experience to coach adults and teens and see that look of pride when they do something they thought impossible: make it through a WOD, PR a lift, get that first pull-up or handstand, you name it! I get such joy from seeing the satisfaction (and sometimes the look of surprise) on their faces.
CFH: What is your favorite food? Again – pick just one? I guess Pizza… I love lots of foods though!
CFH: What is your hobby outside of exercise? I don’t have time for any other hobbies. I love watching my kids play sports and I love that they are active. If I had time, I would play golf more, but it just takes so long and you really need to practice – who has time for that?
CFH: What else do you want to tell me? I love CrossFit Hixson. It is amazing to watch all of our athletes work hard and improve each and every time they come in. Jason and Amber have done an amazing job building the community here and it is fun for me to me just a tiny part of it.