September 2023


I grew up incredibly active in sports and dance. By high school, I was a three sport athlete. I was constantly moving and didn’t really have to worry about how I was nourishing my body (like diet coke and smores poptarts for breakfast…yuck). In college, that sports routine was gone and I struggled to add working out voluntarily into my routine so I didn’t. Nothing ever stuck for me and that continued on throughout graduate school and the start of my career. I felt like working out was a chore and I didn’t enjoy myself. In fact, I hated it. I thought warming up and cooling down was a waste of time and mobility would be something I would worry about “later.” I didn’t eat horribly, but I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. I had a lot of friends who struggled with eating disorders, so I worked hard on having a positive relationship with food.


Right before COVID, I finally found a slight interest and commitment in myself to workout and began doing Youtube videos with a trainer I liked and attended a few barre classes and boxing classes at different studios in Edina. It was the first time I was somewhat consistent. After moving to Lakeville, I became excited about finding a studio and was so thankful the Warehouse popped up on my Google search.

2. What made you decide to make a change? 

The people. I’ve quit every other type of workout I tried and the missing piece was a community. I love being part of The Warehouse Community and all of the incredible people I have met. I was always very intimidated to particpate in classes and would typically be pretty quiet. If you know me, that is not my personality at all! I love that I can be my full authentic self in class and have the best time in an atmosphere that welcomes it. It is the tone set my the instructors AND the members. I have been so inspired by the members, their stories, and their dedication to feeling strong. I’ve created mentors, friends, and even teammates!

As I have entered my 30s, I’ve noticed the changes in my body that come with that. It has been a struggle mentally and has been a great source of frustration with self-image and confidence. I was recently diagnosed wtih Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), an inherited disorder. Thankfully, besides some lower back discomfort, I have no major symptoms. There is no treatment for PKD and could have health impacts on my life in the future. I know that the one major way to stay healthy is to keep moving my body. That is the best gift I can give to myself.

3. What has changed (attitude, energy, weight, habits, priorities, race times, blood work, confidence, etc.?)

So much has changed for me! I actually enjoy working out and look forward to seeing my Warehouse friends when I walk in the door. Working out is no longer a chore, but a fun priority that has become a natural part of my routine. I even kind of like cardio now… It has also become such an important component to my mental health journey. I have anxiety and try to take a very hollistic approach to navigating it. I know I am my best self when I am at consistently at the Warehouse.

Another thing that has changed for me since joining the Warehouse is what my health and fitness goals are. I originally joined to lose weight with the hopes I was also stronger and less anxious. However, my focus was mostly on the scale. I’ve really struggled with losing weight and still have that as a goal, but feeling stronger, fleixible, and more mobile has become stronger priorities for me. Before I joined, I would get massive headaches from using 3 pound weights for arm workouts and now I can lift a lot more!

The Warehouse has taught me to love myself more, give myself grace, and appreciate my body.

Share the following below:


Transform Ya or anytime a Taylor Swift comes on. I can make any song fun, especially when I am standing next to Trish in class 😉


It is hard to pick one, but probably Bootcamp!


We all do better, when we all do better – Senator Paul Wellstone 
“You are strong, you are breathing, you are focused.” – Nickie Carrigan