CrossFit Level 1 Certified, Crossfit Kids Certified
Favorite Wod: 12 days of Christmas
Favorite Lift: Deadlift
Latest Skill Accomplished: Pistol
Hi my name is Andrea Thelen. I was active in high school, I played tennis and soccer-but stopped working out in college. After college, I married my amazing husband Ben, started my job, and had our first child, Charlotte. I gained a lot of weight with my first pregnancy and a year later I had ballooned to over 200lbs. I knew I needed to do something and with a strict diet and running; I was able to regain my health and a level of activity needed for keeping up with a toddler. We had another daughter, Quinn, and I had a much healthier, active pregnancy. I played with weightlifting and Hiit workouts at home. Near our home we found signs advertising a new CrossFit gym. My husband joined, and after a year of watching his progress I finally got brave enough to join. Since joining CrossFit, I’ve been able to work through my eating issues, run a marathon, focus on my mental and physical health, make new friends, and be able to focus on what my body can do.
Alongside my fitness journey, I’ve taught every grade K-8. Decreased activity and increased screen time has negatively impacted today’s students. My friends and I started a running club at our middle school which included a positive self-esteem component. I really enjoyed those hours after school. After I joined CrossFit, my daughters also began Kids’ classes. They would wake me up during the summer excited and ready to go. I loved seeing how becoming strong became their focus while having fun. Last summer, I took my CrossFit Kids’ certification and since then I have enjoyed working with our Kids and Teen program. We have a wonderful, supportive group, that work hard to achieve new goals, skills and PR’s-I hope that these skills cross over into their daily lives!