Hi, I'm Meg.
I am an advocate for strength. I believe that people are inherently strong and that women especially deserve to live in a society that celebrates being MORE, not less. I love picking up heavy things to de-stress, to focus my own training, to become more functional at life, and to have a hell of a lot of fun while I break a sweat. My weapons of choice? Barbells, kettlebells, sandbags, tires, yokes, kegs, and anything else that intimidates me and gives me a sense of accomplishment and purpose. I am happier with myself and my place in the world because I value my body for what it can DO.
I eat to enjoy my life and to support my training. I work with anyone who's sick of yo-yo dieting, of being on and off the wagon, and of feeling miserable and constantly hungry. Food is delicious and doesn't have to be the enemy. I'm passionate about teaching women to feel satisfied by what they eat, fuel their activity to become stronger and faster, and be finished once and for all with the endless cycle of guilt and restriction.
This change in perspective didn't happen overnight. I spent a good part of my college years on the elliptical machine, teaching step classes, and on a vicious cycle of undereating and overeating driven by relentless, misplaced perfectionism. In 2009, after the sudden death of my dad, I found CrossFit, and it saved my sanity in more ways then one. My coaches put a barbell in my hand for the first time and taught me that the gym could be about performing better and being stronger, not necessarily becoming as skinny as possible. I learned that eating for nutrient density, cooking most of what I ate, and eating ENOUGH food (with a healthy dose of chilling out and enjoying occasional treats) made me feel awesome. Over the years, I fell more in love with all things strength related - from strength biased CrossFit training to Olympic Weightlifting to strongman and, most recently, to hardstyle kettlebell training. Nothing makes me feel more powerful than seeing something formidable and saying "I bet I can lift that," and then picking that sh** UP. Because of this tribe of amazing people, I'm a better human and I'm obsessed with moving well to ensure I can keep doing magnificent things until I'm old and grey.
These days I'm based in Seattle and can be found exploring the Pacific Northwest with my illustrator husband, Angel, and my talking cat, Fat Amy. You'll probably find me at my new home FUELhouse, covered in chalk and callouses, or behind the computer managing all things membership. When I'm not there, I'm most likely curled up with a good book, hiking, watching movies, trying new restaurants, or drinking coffee. My playlists are equal parts Beyonce and Ludacris, bluegrass, and Heart, I probably curse too much, and Disney movies are my guilty pleasure.
I can't wait to meet you!