Denise has been a fitness enthusiast in one form or another for most of her life. Growing up, swimming was her passion, but once she was a mom with three young kids, laps in the pool were much harder to fit in. Enter a gym with childcare, where Denise first discovered a curiosity for all of the awesome equipment and creative ways she could use that equipment to stay in shape and have fun while doing it. Soon Denise started working out with other moms at the gym and creating workouts for them to do together. A trainer who worked at the gym mentioned that CrossFit might be a good fit for Denise and introduced her to a friend who was a CrossFit coach – an introduction that changed her life! From her first CrossFit class, Denise was hooked! She thought she was in pretty good shape when she stepped through the door, but the CrossFit philosophy of “constantly varied, functional movement, performed at high intensity” was a game-changer for her.