Sunday, April 8, 2012


I remember in high school it was not very cool to be a female jock.  I struggled with wanting to be apart of the popular crowd, but identifying with the athletes.  For the males the popular crowd and the jocks were one in the same, but this was completely different for the females and decreased the amount of females to participate in sports.  My senior year I was one of two seniors on the track team mostly because it was not popular to spend time competing in sports.  I have always been very competitive and passionate about sports, so it was no surprise that in high school that I wanted to pursue college athletics. I knew I had to get stronger and faster in order for me to be competitive at the college level.  For this reason I decided to train at Chico State with a group of high school athletes in a program called SportFit.  SportFit was my first experience with Olympic lifting and really helped me transition from high school athlete to college athlete.    

I was incredibly excited to be able to come back to Chico and work with the athletes at SportFit.   I was even more excited to see more than a handful of female athletes in the gym working hard to get stronger and more explosive.  This is such a positive change from when I participated in SportFit and was the only female athlete.  I learned an incredible amount from Steve Henderson and his crew at SportFit and I was able to put my college degree and my National Strength and Conditioning Certification to use.  I hope when I am back in Chico again I can continue to work with the athletes at Sportfit.  I enjoyed working with all the athletes but I was mostly pleased to see the increase of interest from female athletes.