We are so thrilled to introduce you all to Julia Hickman in this week’s Ambassador Spotlight. She’s a CrossFit coach, marathoner, blogger and soon-to-be superstar mama. Keep reading to learn more about her accomplishments and plans to stay fit through pregnancy.
My passion for fitness started when I was 15 years old and joined my local YMCA to learn how to properly train with weights. Although I briefly joined my high school track team during my junior year, I consider myself a late-bloomer as an athlete. My first coaching experience was while attending Rider University, where I was a volunteer body-sculpting trainer for a semester of my sophomore year. After doing CrossFit for about 18 months, I became a certified coach and now teach classes on Saturday mornings at my CrossFit box in New Jersey. This year I did my first CrossFit competition (they day after I found out I was pregnant!) and placed 9th in the scaled division. I was able to power through the day even with the nausea and fatigue I was experiencing.
I have completed 9 half-marathons and 2 marathons, including Philadelphia and New York. Combining endurance running and CrossFit WODs has helped me obtain PRs as well as age group awards over the past 2 years. I hope to continue my active lifestyle throughout my pregnancy. I’m a firm believer that as long as you’re careful and listen to your body, you can keep doing most of the exercises you love with appropriate modifications when necessary.
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Please welcome Alyssa, our latest For Two Fitness Ambassador! Alyssa is the mom of two young girls, and is excited to have number 3 on the way. She keeps fit during pregnancy and postnatal times by walking, practicing yoga, and doing low impact strength training. Alyssa has run a number of half marathons, and is looking forward to participating in one in 2019. Please follow Alyssa on her website.
Please welcome Amanda to the For Two Fitness Ambassador family! Amanda, whose nickname is Panda, is a 30 year old New Yorker living in the UK with her husband and 13 month old baby boy. Panda learned on her birthday that baby number 2 is on the way! Along with enjoying a busy family and work life, Panda stays fit by dancing, spinning, walking, and participating in her favorite exercise - yoga. Please follow Panda on social media, and be on the lookout for her upcoming blog!