THE NIKA TEAM
CrossFit OG (Original Gangster)
Runs on Caffeine & Smiles
Head Coach & Co-Owner
After discovering CrossFit in 2005 from a fellow Firefighter I was hooked! I knew that the functional/high intensity training was going to work hand in hand with my job as a Fire Lieutenant and Paramedic. In August of 2006 I received my CrossFit Level 1 from Coach Greg Glassman himself.
I then traveled with the CrossFit Headquarters Staff for the next year certifying others in order to obtain my Level 2 certification. One of my favorite memories of traveling with the HQ staff was going to dinner with Coach Glassman and the original “Nasty Girls”, having a fun conversation and a good time! In 2006 I opened my "garage" gym and loved it. It was amazing to see others succeed and begin to enjoy the CrossFit lifestyle like I did.
After having my third child and working full time at the fire department I decided that it was time for me to focus solely on my three small children. Now that my children are older and I met my business partner Ashley Andrews I decided it was the right time to open CrossFit NIKA. I am excited to offer 10 years of coaching abilities to the DeLand and look forward to watching you become fit.
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, since 2006
- CrossFit Level 2 Coach, since 2007
- Fire Lieutenant
- Emergency Medical Services Degree
- 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Individual Regional Competitor
- 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Regional Team Competitor
Head Coach & Co-Owner
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. Its an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. Its a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”- Muhammad Ali
I love to see our Athletes do something they thought was once impossible. A pull-up, a muscle up, a two time body weight deadlift. Whatever your impossible is. I believe through CrossFit all the “things” we once thought were impossible became a dream and then a reality. I love to see kids running, squatting and developing the fundamentals of CrossFit. All while growing a life long love of fitness through CrossFit Kids. I love to see people working hard no matter what their age or fitness level. I promise to cheer you on, sweat with you and coach you to the best of my abilities each and every day.
CrossFit NIKA was once a impossible for me and now it is a reality. In my 7 years of doing CrossFit I have learned so much about how sometimes its more about me believing in myself and letting the people who care about me support me while I finish those last few rounds or pick up that bar one more time. CrossFit NIKA and its community is now a reality! It is a place that you can feel safe, welcome and know that you have an amazing community of people standing beside you.
- Certified Level 1 CrossFit Coach
- Certified Level 1 CrossFit KIDS