My goal has always been to help people. When I was young, my initial idea was to go into ministry or become a doctor. I pursued a degree in ministry and was trained in how to manage and care for groups of people and to teach them. However, after finishing my degree, I realized that ministry might not be the best application of my skill set. Nonetheless, the idea of interacting and communicating with people to better themselves has been a constant goal. I have always loved sports and athletics.
After discovering CrossFit three and a half years ago, I instantly fell in love with all aspects of the program. I loved the actual CrossFit classes and community, but I also loved how it affected every aspect of my life.
CrossFit means so much to me because it changed my life, and I want to pass on my experience to others. Money and fame are all things that can come and go, but the opportunity to change peoples’ lives is something that will stay around forever.
I love this city and want to put down roots in Lincoln Park and create something amazing for this city.
I have always been involved in competitive athletics from a young age, but found myself without an outlet after my college baseball and golf experiences. I took up bodybuilding until I burned out from the constant dieting and injuries and after a friend introduced me to CrossFit in 2010, I could finally say I found a healthy solution to competition and fitness together.
I see myself as a coach first and athlete second. I truly get more enjoyment from one of our members hitting a PR or making great progress than I do for my own successes.
I grew up in a musical household, studying violin and piano intensively. Prior to CrossFit, my only interest and experience in sports was my time as a goalie from age 5-18. I enjoyed the game, the practices, the comradery and the overall competitive aspect.
In 2006, I began attending the DePaul School of Music as a violin performance major. Throughout my college career, I attempted to stay active by visiting the gym, but had no idea how to motivate myself. My eating habits were terrible, and it was beginning to take a toll. The following year, I took on another major in Music Education and juggled private violin and piano students.
In the summer of 2012, I spent a summer at a CrossFit gym in the Loop where Noah was currently working. I absolutely hated it. I would only attend classes he was teaching, cherry picked so I would not have to run, and generally felt unwelcomed. I know now that most of this was my own problem. I was convinced people were judging me, and I let that eat away at me and I discouraged myself. After that summer, I swore my brother and sister-in-law were crazy and I would never do CrossFit.
When I took on my first teaching job in 2012, I was the most unhealthy I had ever been. Regularly eating out for at least two meals in a day, I had managed to gain 70 pounds since beginning college, and I was overwhelmed by the stress of teaching. In 2014 when Noah opened Goose Island CrossFit, I had to start over. Through the next two years, I saw my life transform. I lost 50 pounds through consistent time in the gym, learning how to prepare quality meals quickly and weekly, and fell in love with the community we had built at Goose Island.
In 2016, I became interested in coaching and took on more responsibilities at the gym, and I earned my Level 1 certification in March of 2017, and my CrossFit Kids certification in 2018. Today, I handle our social media accounts, events, and other administrative tasks, but enjoy coaching the most. I love to welcome people into our amazing community and show them that no matter where they are on their fitness journey, it is never too late to change. It will be difficult, but I promise it will always be worth it.
Outside of coaching, Rachel handles the Goose Island CrossFit social media pages, photography, member relations and event planning.