1. How did you get into Crossfit and hear about the Academy of Lions?

I started doing Crossfit because I was living in Muskoka and planning to move to NYC.  I had heard that Crossfit was a good way to meet people while also staying in shape, so I started before I went to NYC, and then joined the Black Box when I got there.  I continued doing Crossfit in Muskoka after I moved home and the owner of my box suggested the Academy of Lions when I moved to Toronto.  I came down to check it out about a month before I moved and thought it was great, and based on that I decided to get an apartment in the area.

2. What was your main sport growing up?

I played Soccer until the end of High School.  A very large percentage of my time when I was younger was spent on the Soccer field.  

3. You have a passion for boardsports. What sort of “boarding” are you into and do you feel that your training at Academy has had a positive impact on these activities?

I enjoy Snowboarding, Wakeboarding and Wakesurfing, but Wakeboarding is my favorite.  I have definitely found that Crossfit has impacted my Wakeboarding.  My arms, grip strength and legs are much stronger, which means I can hold onto the rope for longer without becoming fatigued, and jump higher when coming across the wake.  I also don’t get as sore after boarding as I used to!

4. What was one your biggest accomplishments at the Academy of Lions?

I’d say my biggest accomplishment was doing 16.5 (and beating my score from 14.5).  14.5 was a big struggle for me.  It took me about twice as long as everyone else, and I thought I would never be able to finish.  The cheering of my fellow Lions (and Freya telling me I wasn’t allowed to quit, but I could “cry and drink afterwards”) was what got me through it, and it was something I never wanted to do again.  When 16.5 was announced, I was on an airplane and had bought WiFi to watch the announcement, but the WiFi doesn’t allow you to stream video.  All the sudden I had all these people tagging me in messages on Facebook and I knew immediately what the workout was.  I was terrified to do it again, but I did it and ended up beating my score by about 15 minutes.  And then I burst into tears!

5. As you have a full time job working in the beer industry that requires you to eat & drink at restaurants and be constantly on the go , how do you accommodate this lifestyle into a more strict nutritional program.

Working as the Field Promotions Manager for Muskoka Brewery means lots of traveling and beer is around frequently.  In terms of nutrition, I have to make sure I’m making good choices because I eat in restaurants quite often.  When I’m on the road I try to pack a cooler and some snacks, but I’ve also come to terms with the fact that my diet isn’t going to be perfect all the time.  I also try to eat pretty low carb to make room for drinking beer!

6. How was your first time competing outside the Academy at the Wasga Beach Wod?

It was so much fun!  Our team’s goal was just to have fun and not get injured, which we accomplished.  It’s always a great day spending time with the Lions!  Being on the beach is an added bonus!

7. What impact has the Academy of Lions community had on you?

Joining the Academy of Lions was a great way to meet friends after moving to Toronto.  I’ve always been an outgoing person, so joining the SoComm (social committee) was something I quickly gravitated to.  A good percentage of the people I spend my time with go to the Academy, and its great to be surrounded by so many positive and supportive people.

8. What was one of you biggest obstacles that you overcame with your training?

I’ve always had very tight ankles which has made squatting quite difficult for me.  I’ve spent a lot of time over the past couple years trying to become more comfortable in the squat position.  For the most part, I’m not scared of squatting anymore, which is a huge win.  I’ve also been working hard on my pull-ups and have seen a huge improvement over the past year!

9. Could you tell us something that we might not know about you?

I’m a die hard Taylor Swift fan - I’ve seen her in concert 4 times.  

10. Any goals you have set for the future or is there any sort or physical activity you want to give a try?

I’m really trying to work on my capacity.  Any workout that involves endurance is where I really struggle, so I've been doing a lot of rowing to try to become more comfortable with longer workouts.  I’d also like to try kite boarding!