TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
I’m an impact producer, which means I help filmmakers, podcasters, and other media creators launch projects in a way that helps them reach the audiences who need them most in order to create the change they hope to make in the world. I love what I do. When I’m not working, I’m cooking, reading, or looking in the mirror at my gym bruises.
WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO TRAINING AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?
Childhood asthma sidelined me from a lot of activity when I was a kid, and I’ve spent my adulthood figuring out how to keep my body moving. After walking past Hardware lots and lots of times and seeing indicators on the Instagram account pointing to an inclusive and welcoming environment, I decided to give it a try. What’s kept me coming back? The community and the coaching. I might drag my feet on the way to class (every single time), but I never regret walking in the door.
WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS? HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO REACHING THEM?
My main goal right now is to just show up and embrace the sweat, sore muscles, and everything else that comes with the workouts, especially when the activities are way outside of my comfort zone. Lately I’ve been making it to class three times a week, and that’s a big win for me.
WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED AT HARDWARE THAT MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?
It’s been exciting to work on box jumps. When I first started at Hardware, I had to relearn how to do any sort of jumping; I started just by jumping to a line on the ground. Slowly I’ve worked up to jumping on higher stacks of plates, and you can be sure that I celebrated the first time I jumped up on one of the low boxes. It’s still super intimidating for me, and I’m inspired every time I see y’all flying on box jump days.
It turns out I love sit-ups, wall walks, kettlebell swings, and jumping rope. Also, I hate burpees but love devil’s presses. Still figuring that one out.
LEAST FAVORITE WOD/MOVEMENT?
Running. I’m sure it’s a character flaw. I can live with that.
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT HARDWARE?
Trust the coaches. Believe them when they tell you that every move is scalable. And don’t worry about competing or keeping up with everyone else. Your workout and progress belongs to you.