Ali Hovland

CF Kids Coach

I was forced into CrossFit 1 month after giving birth to my beautiful daughter, Zoe.  I have always been competitive playing soccer, basketball, and even attempted to play hockey growing up in Minnesota. In fact, I was so competitive that I demanded to play hockey with the boys so I could check them.  After college I lost all real competition in my life and fell in with the “running to stay in shape” crowd.  Refusing to try CrossFit ended when I was given a free month at a small gym just so I could at least say I tried it.  Little did I know, it would change my life.

After that first month, I was hooked.   I remind myself of where I started.  I could barely lift the bar over my head, couldn’t do a “real” push up, couldn’t jump up to the 20″ box, had no idea what a kettlebell was, and anything other than jumping rope was completely out of my reach! 3 months after having a baby, I had the first 6-pack of my life.  6 months after starting, I got my first pull up.  10 months after starting, I linked 5 double unders.  11 months after starting, I got a handstand push up.  Nearly 3 years later, I still can’t do a muscle up, but I keep trying!  I LOVE watching people do something they didn’t think they could do.  It’s rewarding to come to a gym and see results. I look forward to that one hour every day where I can forget about the stresses in life, just workout, and conquer my goals.  CrossFit has kept me from going insane.

I understand the feeling of women not wanting to be bulky and lift weights.  That will not happen.  CrossFit to me is the best thing you can do for your body and your mind.  Pushing your body to the limit in each workout also pushes your head further than you knew possible.  Life’s little obstacles are so much more manageable and I contribute that entirely to CrossFit.

I got my certification to be a CrossFit Level 1 Coach in June of 2012.  I was thrown into the gauntlet at CrossFit NYC (the World’s largest CrossFit gym) coaching complete beginners through in their on-ramp classes.  My passion in CrossFit is helping people lose the intimidation factor, making them realize that they can do it, and find their inner athlete.

Coaching Experience

CrossFit NYC  |  June 2012 – October 2012


CrossFit Level 1

Crossfit Kids

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