Growing up as a tomboy in a small town, I preferred football or kickball to tea parties and dolls. However, throughout high school I focused on academics and music. After graduating from Union University with a degree Elementary Education, I married my hero and workout partner, Chad. God richly blessed us with Madison and Brock to complete Team Rowland, and they are my heart. Together, we live by faith with a passion for serving people and a love of sport and fitness.
When my children were small, working out became my â€œaloneâ€ time when life got hectic. I loved how it gave me time to myself and relieved stress, but I spent years trying to find a workout routine that kept my interest or helped me gain the strength I desired. I was committed and had the discipline but it sure lacked in fun. A few years ago several friends kept recommending I try CrossFit. I could tell it was transforming them, but my insecurities kept me from trying it. “I’m not a runner” “I won’t fit in” “What if I can’t do it?” “I don’t like classes!” “My workout is my personal time and I don’t think I can share that!” My now much older children became my inspiration. At each of their sporting events, I cheered for them to run faster, push past their fears, play with confidence, and yet I couldn’t remember the last time I had worked outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to lead by example.
With that in mind, I pushed my fears aside and started at CrossFit SolaFide in 2011. I was immediately hooked. SolaFide’s program and community have pushed me, encouraged me, and helped me achieve things I never thought I would be doing in this phase of my life. The combination of gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weightlifting increases performance in all physical domains and builds confidence. I also began to gain the strength I desired. However, I must admit, it was the community I had once feared that kept me coming back. The instruction, encouragement, and accountability pushed me past anything I had tried to achieve on my own. And it was FUN! My entire family now trains at CrossFit SolaFide. There is nothing better than discussing our WODs over our “clean but not quite Paleo meal.”
As I strive now to give back through coaching, my best advice is: Listen. Be teachable. Be patient. Celebrate your gains and those of other athletes. Do the work and you will amaze yourself.
“Do not be afraid, just believe.” Luke 8:50