Michelle has had an extreme passion for sport and movement since she was very young. Growing up she dabbled in every sport under the sun until narrowing her focus to soccer and track and field in high school. She continued on to play Div. I soccer at Saint Mary’s College of California, where she earned her degree in Kinesiology, Sport Management. Her real passion for health and fitness began in her college years where she experienced firsthand the positive effects it had on her performance on the field. She came across Crossfit in 2013 and was immediately hooked. She became “that girl” getting weird looks from other gym-goers as she would do CF-style wods at the “globo” gym. while everyone else was sitting around pumping iron or running on the treadmill for hours on end.
Michelle has a number of years of coaching under her belt in different disciplines as she started off coaching soccer at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. Her passion for guiding others soon shifted to the Crossfit realm where she started coaching in 2015. Hungry to learn as much as possible about how to effectively train others, she dove head first into learning CF methodology and other ways to best develop athletes. A few years down the road, this brought her to Utah where she eventually spent several months being mentored by Nick Fowler before being hired as a Brute Strength 1-on-1 coach.
Along with helping others improve their performance in multiple athletic disciplines, Michelle loves to compete in Crossfit and continues to strive to be the best athlete she can be. She believes this is a great way to stay connected to what her athletes go through with their training and it continues to give her insight on how to better help them achieve their goals.
We hear your nickname in college was DJ MichMich?
– Yup! Whether is was pre-game, pre- practice, or just hanging out in the locker room, I could be found bumping the best tunes to hype up my teammates or just relax to. So much so that they gave me the nickname DJ MichMich. I love all kinds of music, but can most frequently be found training to EDM.
What motivates you?
-The fact that I set goals for myself is what really motivates me. In my mind it sets certain habits that are “non-negotiables” day to day. By that I mean there are certain actions I know I must take each day to achieve my goals, and to be the kind of person I want to be I have to do those things regardless of if I feel like doing them or not in the moment.
What are some of your favorite reads?
I grew up with a loving to read! My favorite series without a doubt is Harry Potter but at this point in my life I’m usually reading more to learn and become a better coach. A couple of my recent favorites are “Atomic Habits by James Clear and “SuperHuman” by Rowan Hooper
What’s one piece of advice that has helped you in achieving your goals?
Blaze your own trail. People often don’t think something can be done because they haven’t seen someone in their exact circumstances do what they hope to do or achieve. You can be the first. It probably wont be easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.