We nominated Michelle for a number of reasons! Even through her pregnancy, she has put in a ton of focused effort into getting stronger and has been so consistent with attending classes even as her belly grows! We appreciate her quiet but fierce determination!
Tell us a little about yourself: My family and I moved to Sioux Falls in 2018, after living in Saint Paul for 10 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, but retired early and now work as an analyst for Wells Fargo in their Executive Office. My family includes my husband, Logan, my 4 year old son, Maxwell, and baby #2 coming in January!
How did you get introduced to Crossfit? My sister, Stephanie Ollerich, introduced me to crossfit when we moved to Sioux Falls. I continued coming because I enjoyed the workouts and the community of like-minded people.
What are some of the biggest improvements you’ve made since starting and what are some of your goals? I had never practiced olympic weightlifting, or gymnastics, before joining crossfit. I have enjoyed the weightlifting programming the most, and have been focusing on my clean, which has become my favorite lift. I really want to be able to do a muscle up, which I was practicing before getting pregnant. My goals for 2021 include: 200 lb deadlift, 125 lb clean, handstand walking, and 1 muscle up.
Congrats on baby #2! How have you continued to stay motivated through this pregnancy? Thankfully, I have had a pretty easy pregnancy. I really didn’t have to modify too much the first six months, but once I hit the third trimester in November, I have been modifying EVERYTHING. The hardest thing has been switching my mindset from “go hard” to, “just move”. Once I get going in a workout, it is very hard for me to make sure I don’t over-do it.
What’s one area in your life that you are focusing on improving right now, and how? Our family has been following Dave Ramsey’s financial planning since April, 2020, with the goal of being debt free by the end of the year. While we had a few setbacks, we are so close!! And we plan on being 100% debt free by April 2021!
What character trait do you like most about yourself and why? This is more of a humble brag, but I strive to be the best role model for my son, and soon to be baby #2. Becoming a mom wasn’t something I had always wanted, but now that it happened, I have done everything possible to be the best. It is crazy how smart and intuitive kids are, and my main focus is leading by example. It doesn’t do any good to tell my son, “Don’t watch TV”, “Get outside”, “Be active”, “Eat Healthy”, if I turn around and don’t do those things. I am very conscious of making the same choices I want my son to make, and being transparent and vulnerable when mistakes are made.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to read minds, as long as I could turn it on/off. It would be very entertaining, but also would be helpful when negotiating for things you want.
And finally, What do you love most about Phos? My initial thought jumps to the community, and the other members who suffer through all the workouts right next to you. However, just like with any other business, there wouldn’t be a community of members if it wasn’t for the incredible talent at the top. What I truly love most about Phos is that each coach is 100% focused and dedicated to helping their members, everyday. Each and every coach is passionate about Crossfit and helping others succeed. So, even though I absolutely love the Phos community members, there is no way I would have stayed if the coaches were not genuinely interested in sharing their passion for Crossfit.