I found QCCF in August of 2010 when I was looking for a way to ramp up my conditioning. Before I joined the gym I was working out at a local Y and doing the same old tired routine of body part splits and treadmill “cardio” most folks are resigned to. I had initially reached out to Kyle Dietz, who was doing MMA at the time, and he suggested I come try “cross fit.”
I have been a runner virtually my whole life. I began running road races around the age of 6 and completed my first Bix7 road race when I was 12. I continued with weekend road races until I was in high school, when I joined the cross country and track teams. I ran as an alternate at the Iowa State Cross Country meet my Jr. and Sr. years. I also was an avid basketball player in high school, earning a spot as one of the starting five on the Bettendorf girls 1994 (yes, I’m dating myself here) Championship State Basketball Team. Softball was another love of mine. I began pitching at a young age and carried out that activity through high school.
My weight has always been an issue for me growing up even though I played sports in high school and continued to work out through my college years and after. I can remember when I was at my heaviest weight. In February of 2010, I weighed 222lbs and that was the most I have ever weighed in my life and I had to do something about it. I was working out with a trainer at that time and I knew it was all about my nutrition. So I joined Weight Watchers, quit my trainer and started working out on my own.
When I first started CrossFit kids in 2011, I was in fifth grade and I wasn’t in great shape. I came to Quad City CrossFit and started coming twice every week. Eventually I began to see that I was losing weight and improving my overall health – I am thankful for that! CrossFit has also helped me become more agile and much stronger so I am able to do a lot of things most people my age can’t.