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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Whether you’re thinking about becoming pregnant or ready and waiting to welcome your new baby into the world, fitness is probably part of your plans. Will the year ahead find you cycling, swimming, running and yoga-ing your way to fitness, or will you try one of the hot new trends?
Please welcome Courtney as our newest ForTwoFitness Ambassador! Courtney is the mother of a toddler with a second on the way, who keeps fit with running. Courtney’s fitness philosophy is to take one day at the time! Please check out Courtney’s Instagram www.instagram.com/sahmrunner