Give us a little background about yourself:
Born and raised in Greenville, TX. Joined the U.S. Army in 2003 at aged 17 as a Paralegal. Had a break in service from 2008-2012 and earned a degree in Communications/Psychology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY, then rejoined the US Army as a Signal Commissioned Officer. Only background in sports is that I played Basketball and ran track Junior High through High School. I have a 7 y/o daughter (Sariah Mykala) and husband who I active duty in the US Air Force (Damaris Ellis).
How did you hear about CCF?
I heard about Carolina CF because I was looking for a gym to do the SAGL Testers and my friend Jessica Newton (Who took first in Famously Hot Showdown 2014) suggested I try CCF. The first day I worked out there and Paul was there to assist me. He asked me do you like Competing, and the rest was history.
What's one thing most people don’t know about you?
Still to this day I am the first person in my family on my Mother's side to complete a 4-Year Degree, I am a Dreamer, and at 17 y/o I was asked what my greatest fear was and I stated "It is not reaching my full potential.", which is still my greatest fear.
What music can we find currently playing in your car?
Right now anything from Hozier to Newsboys to Drake with a little bit of Old School Hip Hip (90's and 2000's) to New School R&B such as Miguel. Depends on my Mood. I actually do have a mix on my phone called "Mind Gym" that I listen to in order to prepare for intense training or a competition.
What current things are you working toward when it comes to your health, training, career or personal life?
Well, in regards to Health and Training I just want to focus on being the healthiest me I can be without the stress of counting calories and measuring food (which I don't do anymore) and with training I want to work on my core and the mechanics of my movements. I want every rep in training to be as perfectly executed as possible and to look easy no matter how hard. In my career I am up for a Promotion to CPT and I will find out in April whether I make that; I've done all I can up until his point, now I pray. As for my personal life my goal is always to live for Christ daily, be positive, always continue to learn by being teachable, and to inspire others.
Tell us about your most memorable workout from CCF
Most memorable workout at CCF would have to be from yesterday's training. For two reasons: 1. I have been trying to Clean 200lbs for months, if not a year, but was always stuck at 190lbs, then yesterday while surrounded by My Coach Paul and other like-minded athletes, I was able to do a Clean Complex (Full Clean, Hang Sq. Clean + Jerk) at 200lbs my first attempt. Then, we went right into an 18:00 AMRAP of 200 DUs, 150 WBs, 50 Burpees, and MUs with the remaining time; it was a real smoker [?] So, it felt great that I PR'd but I knew there was more work to be done. The second reason it's my most memorable because I'm an Athlete that believes that you are only as good as the day's performance, so I don't hang on to past failures/mistakes and I only use past victories as visualizations for the future.
Greatest accomplishment -
My Greatest accomplishment would be the mental gains I have made while training at CCF.
What would you tell someone who is interested in Training with CCF?
CCF is more than a gym it is a family. I have learned more in training there for 5 months that I have my entire time doing CF. All of the coaches truly care and will always do what is necessary to help you. Plus it is not just a place for CF Competitors but for everyone from those that want to just stay healthy, work past an injury, train for a job, or just train to be Awesome at life! Lastly, I have never met another person like Paul Beckwith. He is knowledgeable, remains a student, and has a passion for helping others and seeing them succeed. He taught me to smile through the tough times (literally) and continue to train and reach new heights in the good times. Me and my daughter truly feel like CCF is an extension of our own family.