Michelle grew up in the hills of Tennessee where she was a competitive gymnast and coach. She moved to California where she found a love for volleyball and coached her high school team to a league championship.
She moved to Utah in 2010 and she has been a part of the Crossfit community since the fall of 2013 when she walked into her first class and fell in love. “I finally found a place where being a strong woman was celebrated and knew that I would keep coming back,” she said.
Three months after she started, she was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer and began a year-long battle with the disease. Throughout that year, she continued working out and credits Crossfit and the fantastic members and coaches at GSL for helping keep her spirits and her health strong during the chemo and surgeries. After recovering, she discovered the weightlifting program at GSL and started training for her first comp. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed again with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer but, once again, used the gym as a way to stay strong and get through the treatments.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was within me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
And don’t let Michelle’s bubbly, happy- to- be-around personality fool you. She’s a bad ass. She currently holds several Utah lifting records.
- CrossFit Level 1