Which show did you get your procard?

I won my pro card at Jr. Nationals this past June in Chicago, IL.

How did you get into competing?

My journey began in 2011 when I started competing in the figure division. I made my way to the National stage a few times but I always felt like there was something missing. I remember getting off stage after every show and thinking to myself…. “what’s next?”

Give an overview of your fitness journey to winning your Pro Card.

In 2014 I decided to try something new. I had a background in gymnastics so I began looking into the fitness division. I found Eileen Wells on Facebook and noticed she had a free fitness class on Sunday’s at a Parkour Gym. I thought….. well maybe I would just go once or twice and see if I could still do a back handspring. Eileen began working with me on mandatory fitness skills and convinced me to switch to Fitness. My first fitness competition was the Warrior Classic in 2014 and I earned my pro card in 2016. I finally found what I was looking for!

What do you attribute to your success?

I have many: First, my husband and kids. They have always supported me 100%. I love competing, but at the end of the day, I’m still a wife, mom and a teacher. That to me……IS SUCCESS!

I’ve been fortunate to have great coaches along the way. Andie Vandenhul worked with me during my first few years competing in the figure division. She taught me to understand my body and nutritional needs. I always thought I pushed myself until I met her. I recently stepped out of my comfort zone and began working with Dan Wells. I knew he could take me to the next level. He understands the demands of the fitness division. We still have quite a few things to work on and I am looking forward to next season!

Balance is key for me. I work a full-time job, I’m a wife, mother and fitness competitor. I am pulled in many directions and it’s a challenge at times, but I have learned to be proactive and not spread myself too thin. My moto is “Family First”. I’m a cheer mom and a wrestling mom so being there for my kids games/ practices and school work takes priority. Are there times when I have to sacrifice the gym?? Absolutely! But I know the gym will be there tomorrow.

What advice would you give someone who is contemplating competing?

“Enjoy and trust the process”. I’ve always been the competitor that wanted to take home the biggest trophy…….sometimes I did and sometimes I did NOT! I was reminded of this as I stepped on the pro stage a few weeks ago. This time, I felt different…….. I was so thrilled to just be there. All I could think about was how I felt when my name was called out at Jr. National’s and winning my pro card. It was that feeling of hard work and pure joy.

Where can people find you?

Connect with me on:
Instagram: harley_handstand