Olivia has been at the gym as long as it has been open. She even used to workout in our garage before we opened. She was only 11 when Recursive opened it’s doors, but we had been a CrossFit family for years before that. As you will read, she doesn’t even remember a time that CrossFit wasn’t part of her life. She literally grew up in the gym – spending many long evenings and weekends there. We would eat there, do homework there, and even sleep there a bit before the long day was over and we would all head home.

Years at Recursive: FOREVER!

Years Coaching: Almost a year now
Certifications: CF-L1, CPR/First Aid/AED
Color: Purple
TV Show: The Office is my go to
Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean or Dead Poet Society
Food: Cheesecake (does dessert count?!)
Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Book: This might by my hardest favorite to choose. I love them all. Either A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Mass, or in a completely different genre, A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeski.
CrossFit Movement: Deadlifts and dumbbell ground to overhead
Song to Workout to: “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC and “The Walker” by Fitz and The Tantrums

If you work outside of the gym, what do you do? 
I am a full time student at Georgetown University; I also work part time at Starbucks when I’m not working at the gym.

Did you participate in high school or college sports (or after college)?
In high school, I was a four year member of the Poms (dance) team. Against my better judgement, I also did hurdles for track, although if anyone knows me, they know how much I hate running.

When and Why did you start CrossFitting?
I don’t remember a time when CrossFit wasn’t in my life. Even before my parents opened Recursive, I went with them to events at CrossFit Connex and Ativus. When they opened Recursive, we were there all day every day at the gym. It only seemed logical to join classes to pass the time. I think I first finished Foundations when I was 11 years old.

Why did you choose Recursive?
I don’t know that you can say I choose Recursive. The gym was kind of thrust at me. But, I will say it was my choice to actually start doing it, instead of just watching. I was at the gym anyways, why not start, stay healthy, workout with a great community? The gym has always been my home, just in different ways throughout the years.

Why did you decide to become a CrossFit Coach at Recursive? 
I always knew I would one day be a Coach. I loved CrossFitting and I wanted to help my parents out at the gym, so getting my CF-L1 for my seventeenth birthday gift was the only logical conclusion.

What is your favorite Recursive memory?
This one is tough! I don’t remember ever not being at the gym. But, I do have fond memories of doing Murph with my family a day or two ahead of time so that we can all help Coach Murph on Memorial Day.

What is one of your proudest Recursive Coaching moments?
I’m going to call Jordan out for this one, sorry. Helping her master her double unders over the past half year has truly been gratifying! It’s the perfect example of how even though you can’t see the day to day progress you’re making, it’s there, and when you look back you have tangible proof of how far you’ve come.

How has Recursive changed your life?
Recursive has changed my life in every single way: my lifestyle, habits, hobbies and interests. Recursive has also given me amazing opportunity to meet so many people over the years that I normally would never have met.

What is something else fun you’d like to share about yourself?
My go to fun fact is usually that my parents own a gym, but I don’t think that works for this one. So, I will tell you that I have been to Taiwan and I speak/write pretty decent Chinese.

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