As the school year is wrapping up, Sara is kicking off the summer with a healthier outlook on life. At the beginning of this year, Sara made the decision to make her health a priority and committed to dialing into a balanced diet and consistent exercise…and it shows. Her transformation is nothing short of inspiring.
WHAT INITIALLY GOT YOU INTO CROSSFIT AND WHAT KEEPS YOU COMING BACK?
I had always been fit and worked out but after mommyhood I stopped making myself a priority, it made me feel selfish. I lost that passion for working out. A friend of mine told me about CrossFit and how he thought it would be a great fit for me so I did my research, found CFHE and never turned back! I love the intensity of the workouts!! I love the coaches and our community. Working through the challenges and realizing that I am stronger than I could have ever imaged keeps me coming back for more week after week!
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF THE GYM?
I'm kind of a mixed bag. I'm a wife, mother, principal and total neuroscience nerd! I am a big fan of community, which is why our gym is such a great fit for me! I'm the principal of the Montessori Academy of North Hoffman. I was a former student of our school, a teacher for 18 plus years and now a parent of our school. I have even brought some of our middle and high school students to the gym, I certainly gained some props from the kids for that! I love cooking, adventure activities, traveling and reading non-fiction. I also love animals and nature! I am a huge social justice advocate and would love to see more unity in humanity (one can dream right?) I enjoy helping others and love seeing people set goals and crush them (as an educator, athlete and wife/mom). I'm also a pretty happy go lucky personality. While I can be intense, it is usually with a smile on my face.
WHAT’S AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OR GOAL YOU’VE REACHED DUE TO CROSSFIT THAT’S MADE YOU THE MOST PROUD?
I've been proud of my overall growth in the gym. I love the burn again. I love setting new goals and reaching levels of fitness I never thought possible. During Murph this year, I finally strung some kipping pull ups together. I can't believe how long it took me, but am really proud that it finally happened.
IF THERE WAS ONE CROSSFIT MOVEMENT YOU’D LIKE TO PERFECT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
There are so many that I still cannot do and look forward to being able to do: butterfly pull ups, muscle ups and snatching more than 80 lbs
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT CROSSFIT?
The hardest part is prioritizing yourself and your fitness. There is always work, parenting, cleaning/cooking that will get in the way. Like they say before each flight: "put your own oxygen mask on before helping others," In order to be your best self care is necessary. Everyone at the gym is so supportive---it doesn't matter how old, over/under weight, fitness level, CrossFit has something for everyone. While you are discovering your strength, you will make some of the best friends along the way. Everyone wants you to do your best and will encourage you and give you great advice along the way. You will not regret your decision to try it out, unless you choose a box other than CFHE :)