Michaela North started CrossFit in 2012 and became a certified trainer shortly after. North was also on the Wasatch Brute team that won the 2017 CrossFit Games. If she’s not competing, she’s most likely pregnant or just had a baby. North is mother to 4-year-old twins and a two and a half year old son and a newborn. She loves being the Head Women’s coach for Brute Body and enjoys working with and getting to know all of the women in the program.
With four kids, coaching and training, your schedule seems intense. How do you juggle it all?
I organize my time into chunks and try to not let things overlap. I have my time to train, my time to work and check emails, my time to be present and play with my kids, and time for all of the mom duties that come in between. Sure, that might mean that my house is messy at times or emails go unanswered for a bit, but it all gets done during their designated times.
My kids will always take priority though. If one of them gets sick or something comes up, I have to be okay with letting other areas go. It’s part of life as a mom. I have really learned to go with the flow as best as possible, plus, it also helps having such an amazing husband to help me juggle it all. We do it together.
Tell us about your background as an olympic weightlifter.
I placed 16th at USAW Nationals in 2016, one week prior to the South Regionals where I placed 6th. Olympic weightlifting has taken a bit of a backseat for me, as CrossFit is my primary focus now, but it’s definitely a strength of mine and something I love to do.
What sports did you play in college?
I ran track and field. I competed in the 100m hurdles (All-Conference Honors), as well as Long jump and the Heptathlon.
How were you able to recover after having twins to prepare for the Games?
A lot of time and hard work! 🙂 I set small monthly goals, as well as long term ones. I was willing to train early mornings to fit in sessions without being away very long. I also worked really hard on my weaknesses over that time. That made all the difference.
What motivates you?
I want to be the best I can be in all areas of my life, but most importantly, I want to be a positive role model to my children. I want to show them that women can be strong with passions and goals and also be loving, present mothers.
I also want to show other women that it’s okay to go after their dreams. I want to empower as many young girls and women to do just that. Having the opportunity to set that example is something I feel honored to be able to do.
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