I was introduced to functional fitness in the fall of 2007 while still in college. As a collegiate discus and hammer thrower, I was hesitant to abandon my current training methods mid season. However, upon entering graduate school I started doing the CrossFit methodology regularly and quickly became a believer in its effectiveness.
Also while in grad school I was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach for Illinois State University and worked with all of the sports there. This allowed me to figure out how to incorporate classical strength and conditioning methods with CrossFit in order to develop safe and effective techniques to help anyone attain their health and fitness goals. My passion as a coach is to not only provide workouts for people but to teach them why they are doing what I am asking of them. I have found that the people who have made lasting changes to their fitness have taken it upon themselves to get educated about fitness and don’t just blindly follow a workout on a piece of paper or whiteboard.
B.A. Exercise Science
M.S. Exercise Physiology
NSCA: Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
USA Weightlifting: Sports Performance Coach
As a high school athlete, I was blessed to have had a very forward thinking coach, Jerry Dean, who introduced me to weight training some 30 years ago. He not only taught us the value of strength training as athletes but as a way to maintain health and fitness throughout life.
Josh then introduced me to CrossFit in 2008. His interest and enthusiasm in the philosophy and proven effectiveness of CrossFit led me to research and begin training using the CrossFit methods. In the spring of 2010, I tore an ACL and I credit the CrossFit methodology for the quick recovery that I have made. I have been involved in basketball for the past 35 years as a player and coach. As an assistant basketball coach at Beloit College, I began applying the techniques and concepts promoted through CrossFit and have found great benefit to our athletes in terms of strength and agility. The great thing about CrossFit and how we implement it at Sanctify Fitness is that it can benefit high-level athletes or it can help those of us who simply want to improve our general fitness.
I have a great passion to coach and I have found that the techniques that we emphasize here at Sanctify Fitness can help people achieve their strength and fitness goals in a safe effective way. You will work hard while having fun with a community of great people.
Functional Movement Systems: FMS1
I was first introduced to CrossFit in the summer of 2008, while I was finishing up my last deployment in the U.S. Navy. A buddy introduced me to a workout called "Murph". It consists of a 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another mile run. This workout devastated me but for some reason left me wanting more! I quickly incorporated the CrossFit.com workouts into my daily routine and quickly started seeing results in my overall fitness.
Soon after departing the Navy, I started competing heavily in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I continued using CrossFit training as well which contributed to me earning 1 bronze, 4 silver, and 2 gold medals over my career in competitions around the Midwest. In early 2011, I decided to join a local affiliate. It was at this point that I discovered Sanctify Fitness soon after it opened its doors and became a regular member. I found myself in awe of the coaching and experience of Josh and Paul and soaked up all the knowledge that I could. In fact, CrossFit has become such a large part of my life that I am currently working toward obtaining my bachelor's degree in exercise and movement science from UW-Madison. After 2 years as a client at Sanctify, I was brought on as part of the coaching staff.
To me, Sanctify Fitness is more than just a gym. It is something that I have brought into my everyday life. I have incorporated CrossFit principles with clients of all ages and abilities. CrossFit is an all-inclusive program and can be customized to your specific fitness goals, regardless of ability or skill level. Give Sanctify Fitness a shot and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
OPEX CCP: Level 1 Assessment
OPEX CCP: Level 1 Program Design
I have been competitive and athletic all my life. Throughout high school, college, and beyond, I played multiple sports, with a focus on volleyball, and ran long distance. As a long-distance runner, I completed three marathons, one 16K, three half marathons, two 50K’s, and two 20K’s. Completing these distances provided both the challenge of training and a feeling of accomplishing such an incredible task.
Then, my husband introduced me to weightlifting, and I began following a more structured strength and conditioning program. With this, I realized how strong I could be, and as I observed others moving in the classroom and out in the real-world, I discovered how much human movement fascinates me. Considering my passion for helping people and interest in movement, coaching seemed like the most logical and engaging career path!
Sanctify is a welcoming, positive community, and I am so excited to be part of the team in a new capacity! I am looking forward to serving each of you – my goal is to help you achieve your goal(s), no matter how difficult the journey. You will be in stellar company at Sanctify. Everyone is committed to a life of health, fitness, and FUN!
Candidate for Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), Class of 2020
NSCA: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Functional Movement Systems: FMS-1
My competitive sports career started at the age of 12, when my parents opened an indoor soccer field in Whitewater, WI. Throughout high school, I played competitive soccer for the Wisconsin State Olympic Team, and I finished my soccer career after 4 years at UW-Platteville. After college, I pursued several other sports including triathlons, marathons, and boxing.
Luckily, I met up with Josh in graduate school and he got me to Sanctify Fitness. I was immediately hooked and Josh spent the next few months teaching me the CrossFit ropes. With Josh’s help, I was finally able to lift pain-free and found strength I didn’t know I had. The competitively friendly atmosphere and close knit community made me feel right at home and I still look forward to every 5:00 AM workout with the usual suspects.
I developed my passion for coaching after receiving my CF-L1 in 2014. Living in San Diego at the time, I had the opportunity to work with several regional athletes, a group of fantastic coaches, and a fun-loving community. When I returned to Madison, I immediately went back to Sanctify and now love it even more than when I left. As a coach, I strive to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun workout, while emphasizing the core principles that have made Sanctify Fitness so successful. Sanctify Fitness has helped me undo years of injuries and pain, while introducing me to a fun-loving community that encourages and challenges each other everyday… and it would help you as well.
B.S. Computer Science
In the fall of 2013, I moved to Madison with my husband Taylor, and we knew Sanctify Fitness was the gym for us. We did not know anyone in the Madison area, but the members of Sanctify quickly became our family.
Sanctify Fitness and CrossFit have brought real positive changes to my fitness and my life. I love our community and want to help our members realize those same positive changes. After completing a coaching internship at Sanctify in the spring, I began coaching in August of 2015. I am passionate about helping others improve their fitness as well as their overall health and wellness. We have built a supportive and encouraging community at Sanctify Fitness where you will feel welcome and fit right in.
B.A. International Studies