You’ve seen her on Friday nights hitting the WODs, watched her put up some good numbers at Olympic Lifting on Saturday mornings and most recently she competed in BEAT The Streets with Chad Pelton! But have you been able to attend a class with Mimi when she pinch hits for one of the coaches? No, not to worry because she will be joining the staff in 2019 and we have Coach Kina to thank for introducing us to this awesome and courageous young lady!
When did you start CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in 2012. I played Division I college softball and was fortunate enough to have a female strength coach who was a former CrossFit games athlete. Although I did not realize this at the time she introduced us to the core movements of CrossFit and influenced my desire to train explosive lifts. I remember loving overhead squats right away! After college, I lifted on my own but was not seeing much progress. My sister began doing CrossFit, and convinced me to give it a try. I immediately fell in love with the team atmosphere, the community and the competitive aspect of CrossFit.
What motivated you to become a CrossFit coach? I attended the L1 certification initially to learn more about the methodologies of CrossFit. At the time I was a college softball coach and wanted to apply the principles of CrossFit to strength and conditioning with my own team. I saw the benefits of CrossFit as a strength and conditioning program and knew it would elevate the overall fitness of my players. After becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, I then began coaching at a local affiliate in addition to working with student-athletes as well as the staff and community at Oberlin College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Since then I have been able to work with Shane and Laura Sweatt who teach the CrossFit Powerlifting Certification and the Conjugate Method, as well as Drew Dillon and Mark Canella of USA Weightlifting. CrossFit has connected me to some incredible minds and I feel very blessed to have been influenced by so many great coaches. This past summer I attended the CrossFit Level 2 Certification, which was yet another incredible experience. I enjoy coaching CrossFit in large part because of the impact it has had on my own life and the desire to pass that along to others.
Where are you from? What brings you to Boston? I am originally from Hamilton, OH, but have traveled to Cleveland, Ohio and Greencastle, Indiana working at different colleges before heading out to Boston where I now work at Healthworks and Tufts University.
What other interests do you have? I have competed in several Strong(wo)man competitions during my time in Cleveland and Indiana and enjoy picking up stones, flipping tires, pushing sleds, heavy carries and even pulling trucks down the street. Additionally, you can find me at Olympic lifting class on Saturdays – it’s my favorite day of the week! Outside of training, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Where else do you work? What do you love about your job? I work as a trainer and small group training program manager at Healthworks in Cambridge, as well as an assistant softball coach at Tufts University. What is there not to love about my job(s)?! I love coaching and interacting with people, and having the ability to coach both softball and strength training is really the best of both worlds for me. I am fortunate to have passions and hobbies that have become my day to day work.
I am excited to be a part of this wonderful community and staff!