Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Getting to Know Your Trainers...

As trainers it is our job to get to know our members and help them get comfortable in our CrossFit family, but in doing this they sometimes don't get to talk much about themselves. So I put them on the spot and asked them to provide you with biographies about their past, present, and future dreams:).

Both these young ladies are caring, intelligent, & driven and I am thrilled to have them as part of our BCF team and family. Beyond that I am excited because of what they can offer to our members. Ally is incredibly detailed oriented, has a great understanding of body mechanics, and is incredibly passionate about helping others. She expects things done right and isnt afraid to let you know when you aren't cutting it. Bri is very passionate about CrossFit and health & fitness in general. She has a great understanding of the Olympic Lifts and has spent significant time with some very reputable coaches developing these movements. They both have great things to offer, but the most important thing for me is that they both care about our members, their health, and are constantly looking for ways to improve as trainers. Please take a second and get to know them a little better by reading their Bios!

Meet Ally

All throughout high school I played soccer and ran for the track team. I didn’t aspire to be anything when I got older; all I wanted to do was play soccer. Even towards the end of my senior year at Banks High School, I didn’t have any goals. I knew I needed to go to college, but I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. What I did know, however, was that I wanted to stay involved in sports (soccer, in particular) and help others.

I got accepted as a student to George Fox University, where I planned to play on the girls’ soccer team. I spent the last couple months of my senior year conditioning, playing soccer, and trying to prepare myself for the year ahead of me.

Just after I graduated from Banks High School, I discovered CrossFit and quickly fell in love with it. However, I knew I wouldn’t be able to stick with it for too long since my first year of college was about to start.

Summer ended and I moved to Newberg to start my freshman year at George Fox University, still unsure of what I wanted to major in. I knew I wanted to have a career that allowed me to help others and to stay involved with competition and sports, but I didn’t have any ideas what major would allow me to do that. I decided to focus on my school work, which meant no soccer for my first year.

After a lot of asking and praying, I heard about the Athletic Training program offered at Fox, and immediately made an appointment with my advisor to switch my major.

Once enrolled in my new major, I took a lot of classes that taught me how to medically care for and treat injured athletes. I learned how everything worked in very detailed ways, as well as the ins-and-outs of the human body. Not only this, but I was taught how to service and sustain the lives of human beings given the situation.

In the Spring of 2013, I was accepted into the Student Athletic Training Program at Fox, however after some careful consideration I decided to attend PCC in the fall and finish all of my general classes. Once I had completed those, I was planning to return to George Fox to focus on my major, however as many people know our plans don't always work out…

This summer, I was presented with the opportunity to become a trainer at Banks Country Fitness CrossFit. I realized this job could open doors for my future goals of becoming an Athletic Trainer and not only this, but it would allow me to help others and stay involved in some form of competition (which is what I have always wanted). It’s such a cliché line, but I truly love to help others. That’s the main reason I am striving to become an AT, so After a lot of thought and prayer, I decided to join the BCF team.

I now work at the Banks CrossFit gym where I can put my skills to the test. I absolutely love my job! I get to help others and watch them achieve their goals on a daily basis, which makes all the hard work worth it.

I don’t know exactly what the next year or so will look like, but I do know that I’m going to enjoy every minute of it as I work towards my degree in Athletic Training. "Ally Partain"

Meet Bri

My name is Bri Springer, I am 20 years old and a junior at Pacific University. I am originally from Redmond Oregon, I love my home but I am happy to be living in Forest Grove now. I am majoring in Political Science, but also studying Exercise Science topics as I aspire to become a Physical Therapist. My hobbies include: CrossFit (of course), wakeboarding, snowboarding, snowmobiling, mountain biking, hunting, and being outdoors. I also enjoy leadership, at Pacific I am the President of the National Residence Hall Honorary, and I have been involved in various other groups. I have lead multiple bible studies and I am active in my community. I am a Ford Family Foundation Scholar and embrace their core value of giving back to the community your surrounded by.

Last winter I did a study abroad course in Kenya, it changed my life and I cannot wait to go back to Africa. Being in Kenya made me realize just how important people around us are and how blessed I am to live in America. Ultimately, I am passionate about three things: Jesus, my family, and health and fitness. These three things define who I am and how I live my life. I strive to focus on God’s plan for my life and bringing him glory in everything I do. My family stands behind me in all the decisions I make, and I love them like crazy, especially my 18-year-old brother and best friend Mitch. 

Health and fitness is essential to my physical and mental quality of life and something I choose to put on top of my priorities. CrossFit and the Zone diet are what I believe to be best ways to obtain a healthy lifestyle. As a senior in high school I was offered a job at a local gym and then quickly found my way into CrossFit, this summer I decided it was finally time to further my knowledge of the sport and get my Level One certification. I have CrossFitted off and on for the past three years. I am very excited to have found a home gym here at Banks Country Fitness! I love the atmosphere of the gym, everyone is so energetic and fun to be around; I cannot wait to get to know all of you better. This summer I helped a friend of mine train to go play college softball, and realized how much I love helping others achieve fitness goals and that it is where God wants to use me. As your trainer I want to help you achieve your full potential and live a healthy lifestyle. Everyone is capable of achieving greatness, it’s the work you put into it that will get you there, and my goal is to help you achieve all of your fitness goals. "Bri Springer"


Thank You Ladies For All Of Your Hard Work!!


  

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