What are you working with/as?
By day I work for a United States Federal Agency, GSA as an architect project manager.
By night I am a CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, kettlebell sport coach.
When did you start kettlebell training? Why and how did you start?
I began seriously training kettlebells in March of 2014.
I had been training on my own without a coach since May 2014.
I started training kettlebells because of my mother. She has been working with Jeff Martone and teaching his tactical athlete classes in our gym for years. Once she was exposed to kettlebell sport she was hooked.
It was only a matter of time til I was as well.
Maybe more interesting, why did you continue doing it?
I fell in love with the sport after training with Jessica Pumpa and Sergey Rudnev.
They both inspired me in different ways but all I know is it stuck and now I’m hooked!
When did you start being a coach? Why did you do it?
I’ve been coaching CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting for over five years now.
I began coaching kettlebells because I love what it has done for me and my body and I wanted to share that with others.
What kind of education do you have in coaching?
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Kids Certification
Advance CrossFit Kettlebell Certification
IKSFA Level 1 and 2 Coaching Certification
USAW Club Coach Certification.
As a coach, what is important to be like in order to get the best results from your athletes?
Listen to your athletes!
Not everyone is built the same, something that works for one person probably won’t work for another. Be patient and help people adapt the movements to work for them.
What do you think are the most important personal qualities in an athlete?
I’ve always said “I can’t make you do anything, just because you have natural talent won’t make you a champion, you have to want to do it! You have to want to put in the hours and make sacrifices to be that good.”
Do you have a coach? Who is it and which are his/her strengths?
I currently am coached by Sergey Rudnev.
He is an amazing coach and really zeros in on people’s personal strengths and weaknesses. He takes the time to program each week based on how you are doing this week as an athlete not how he thinks you should be doing. It helps my training to be able to follow programming that recognizes if I am coming back from an illness or travel and doesn’t try to push me too far during recovery. Even though I’ve only been coached by him for a few months I am excited about my progress.
What are your own strengths as a coach?
People tell me I am very patient and try to explain things in the easiest way possible. I don’t like to use fancy terms just plain language that everyone can understand.
How do you think the future will look like for the sport (GS)? How do you think it will be for you or your athletes?
I’m excited about the future. So many things are changing all the time. I don’t know what the future will bring but I hope to be a part of it!
Have you entered any competitions? Do you want to share your results?
I have been in many competitons over the past two years.
Most recently I competed at IUKL Worlds in Ireland with 16kg snatch and a result of 98reps.
Two weeks after that I competed in 20kg biathlon at AKA’s Holiday Kettlebell Sport Championship in New Jersey. My result was 60 reps snatch and 71 reps one arm jerk.
At the Arnold Classic March 5th I competed in 16kg biathlon. My results were 103 reps snatch and 113 reps one arm jerk.
What/which are or were your personal goals in training? (long-term/short-term?)
My ultimate goal is to compete as a professional athlete which means snatching, jerking and long cycling a 24kg kettlebell. From there I want to train double kettlebells and continue to grow as an athlete.
Until then my goal is to just keep improving little by little.
What/which are your goals for your athletes? (long-term/short-term?)
I want my athletes to keep pushing their limits and stay injury free. I believe you can grow old with this sport and stay in great physical shape.
Which discipline do you like the most and why is that?
Biathlon. I love competing in two events. I am naturally more comfortable at jerks than snatches so for me the jerk is the event I don’t have to stress over as much.
What do you think is the most challenging in training?
I think balancing all the different sports I compete in is difficult. Finding time to really train Olympic weightlifting and CrossFit along with my Kettlebell Sport training can be really tricky.
Do you have any training tips to share?
Rest days are a good thing! Your body needs the recovery time, not just your muscles but your tendons and ligaments too.
Do you have any funny anecdotes from competition or training that you would like to share?
It’s always interesting training next to my mom. But one time we were actually next to each other during competition. We were both competing in 20kg biathlon. About 3 min in all I remember was hearing her bell slam to the floor! I was like holy crap! I looked over and she was just in shock. It was funny trying to compose myself and get my rhythm back after that.
Who (or what) inspires you?
Hands down my mother inspires me. But the list can go on and on. All the small lifters out there male or female inspire me! It’s amazing to watch women who weigh under 50kg really push that bell around. It’s not an easy feat I assure you!
Have you got any exercises that you hate doing, or that your athletes hates doing? Which one and why is that?
Anything involving gloves. Glove snatch, glove snatch and lunge, glove windmills. It’s all terrible and as soon as it shows up in programming I hear groaning from everyone.
Is there ever anything that makes you not prioritize training days?
I try really hard to prioritize my sport training but the bottom line is life gets in the way. I work a full time day job and in reality the training is a hobby not a profession. Even though one day I would love to do it and coaching full time.
How do you eat? Do you have a special diet or a food-philosophy?
My food philosophy is eat real food and eat when you’re hungry. I’m not into any crazy diet I just eat meats, greens and carbs. Everyone is different when people ask me about my diet I tell them that they have to try different things and figure out what works best for their body.
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not ”kettlebelling” or coaching?
Lets just say I looove eating good food. I love trying different types of ethnic foods with my friends.
We would like to thank Laura for wanting to do this. She sure a fantastic athlete who knows what she wants. Make sure to follow her continuing to do what she loves.