I’ve been active my whole life. I played soccer and tennis as a kid and continued with tennis through college. But I didn’t stumble into the fitness world until about 8 years ago when my friend introduced me to Stroller Fitness (which changed my life as a new mom!). I loved it.
I got my personal training certification and ran my own business for a few years in Indiana. I then moved back to Minnesota and took some time to focus on my own fitness. I took a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class for two years and did Crossfit for 6 months.
But then Kacy Catanzaro completed a finals course on American Ninja Warrior. Her run was a sensation, breaking all kinds of records for women. I had never even heard of American Ninja Warrior, but when I saw Kacy flying through the course, I knew I needed to try it.
I was lucky enough to find a gym about an hour away with obstacles, and after my first trip (okay, maybe even before I went lol) I was totally hooked. I started doing fingertip pull-ups on a ledge everyday to build my strength.
I applied for Season 7 but wasn’t selected, so I tested the course in Kansas City. It was amazing. I was invited back to test for the finals in Vegas.
I decided to dedicate the next year of my life to my training. I wanted to be the first mom to complete the warped wall. And a close friend told me to start an Instagram account documenting my training.
I started traveling to competitions across the country. At one of those competitions, I was introduced to Brian Arnold who recognized me from my Instagram videos. He watched me compete and two weeks later called me to ask if I wanted to join his team for a new show called Team Ninja Warrior.
I was completely ecstatic.
Then we went on to WIN THE SHOW and I got my chance, earlier than expected, to become the first mom up the warped wall. I did it!!
Winning that show and completing my goal was an unbelievable experience. I’ll carry those memories with me forever.
After the show, I continued training and preparing for Season 8 of American Ninja Warrior. But a few weeks before I was scheduled to compete, I got very, very sick. More about that later…