You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Share with us your hair care and skincare routine.
First of all, thank you so much! I was blessed with a nice headful of hair. I hated having so much when I was younger but appreciate it now that I am older. My hair is naturally wavy but I often straighten it to keep it more manageable especially for when I am working out. I only wash my hair twice a week. The shampoo and conditioner that I currently use are by Hair Food. It is made with Avocado and Argan Oil. Then I put on Aveda Universal Styling Creme which is made to improve moisture and shine in coarse hair. Depending on the day, I will style it from there!
As far as my skin goes, I wash it with Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser twice a day. In the morning, I apply Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel and at night I will apply Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Pressed Serum. I then spray on Garnier Soothing Facial Mist. I also make sure to apply sunscreen to my face in the mid-morning before I go outside. Currently have Sun Bum Face 50. I live in Las Vegas so the sun is intense. I want to make sure to protect my face whenever I can!
You go to different countries and cities and competed in CrossFit Games including Dubai, France, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, California, and Wisconsin. You also traveled for your professional career and as a personal fitness trainer. For a professional athlete and trainer to adjust to new countries with their own cultures, it must be difficult, in the new foreign land, what advice can you give to fellow CrossFit athletes and fitness trainers in a similar situation?
I feel so lucky that I have been able to travel all around and see different countries and cultures. Obviously there were places I was a little hesitant to go because I did not speak the primary language or they had cultures that I was unfamiliar with. However, I still would have taken every single trip that I did again because I have had so many amazing experiences. In order to grow, we have to go outside of our comfort zone sometimes.
Plus I believe life is about opportunities and you always learn so much from traveling. I will admit that I was fortunate in that no matter where I traveled; there was someone who would help me out with anything I needed. That is one thing I really appreciated about the CrossFit community. I always felt like I had a home away from home. So what I am trying to say is, even if you are hesitant on traveling to a foreign land, you should do it especially if it is related to something you are passionate about. I know you won’t regret it!
In the years 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020 you won the Fittest American Woman title, you have been in the Top 10 Fittest in the World 5 Years in a row and currently hold the 3rd Fittest Woman on Earth title. Elaborate more about these exceptional achievements and how they are a motivator in your CrossFit athletic career?
I always get excited when I can read about my accomplishments. To be honest, I am still in awe of what I have been able to achieve. After becoming the Fittest American Woman in 2016, it motivated me to continue to train hard the following year and see if I could repeat it. I was the second Fittest American Woman in 2017.
This fired me up to work as hard as I could in the off season. My goal was to come back to the CrossFit Games and become the Fittest Woman in America once again in 2018, which I was able to do! Then I won that title once again the following 2 years so 4 years total! It was a lot of work but totally worth it! I always think that when you start seeing results, it motivates you to keep pushing and giving your best no matter what it is!
You hold the New York State bench press record at 240lb. You have been two times Crossfit Invitational Team Member for the USA and won “Most Improved” at the CrossFit Games in 2016. Tell us a memorable moment in the CrossFit Games competitions you took part in and how these win in your career has been a turning point to reach greater heights in your CrossFit Games career?
I remember accomplishing all of these amazing escalades like it was yesterday. Winning Murph, Mary, and Atlanta at the CrossFit Games are all things that stick out in my career as well. It is so tough to win an event at the CrossFit Games due to the incredibly talented athletes you compete against so every win is a huge accomplishment. The feeling these moments give you cannot be put into words but they definitely help fuel the fire to keep you going and wanting more!
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