Coach Molly is a competitive athlete who runs marathons, competes in mountain biking and cross country skiing races, and dominates CrossFit workouts. You might know her from working out with her at the gym, or chasing her on the BTWB leaderboard.
Molly also coaches CrossFit classes and heads up our Boot Camp program. We are fortunate to have her on our team!
What is your athletic background?
I’ve been CrossFitting for almost 2 years (time flies when you are having fun), but prior to that, I was solely an endurance junky. Running, biking, and cross country skiing are still some of my favorite hobbies outside of the gym. I did some road bike racing in college, but after a few nasty cases of road rash, I now pretty much only race on my mountain bike. If you’ve ever worked out with me, you know I’m extremely competitive, so I love to sign up for events that push me both physically and mentally.
What motivates you to coach boot campers and CrossFitters?
My undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science and I’m currently in physical therapy school, so I know how important it is to get moving. I truly believe that exercise is the best medicine, and I love to share my passion for fitness with others. The number one thing that keeps me showing up though are the people. My current boot-campers are so inspiring; the effort and drive they bring to class motivates me to bring my A game to every workout!
What is the primary goal of boot camp?
To become more awesome! But in all seriousness, we really focus on developing sound foundational movements like the squat, push-up, and kettlebell swing in bootcamp. Add in lots of different body weight exercises, and from there, the workout options are endless.
What advice would you give to someone nervous about transitioning from boot camp to CrossFit?
The hardest thing to do is show up, and since they’ve already done that (and experienced the obligatory 2-3 weeks of soreness that goes with it), transitioning to CrossFit will be a breeze. We use a lot of the same workout formats in bootcamp as they do in regular CrossFit classes, but people can expect more complex movement patterns, like olympic lifts, to be introduced. In my opinion, the best part about transitioning into CrossFit is that you get to expand your workout social scene and become a member of the awesome TwinTown family!
What is your favorite WOD and why?
Jackie (1000 m row, 50 barbell thrusters, and 30 pull-ups) because a 35 pound barbell never felt so heavy, and it almost made me cry the last time I did it.