Get To Know Coach Casey!

Casey grew up in Dunlap where she was introduced to many different sports, many of which were coached by her parents, Alan and Lisa. Being active was very important and most days she was gone from sun up to sun down playing in the neighborhood with her two sisters Angela and Alison and all of their friends. Between Gymnastics, dance, softball, basketball, volleyball, track, cheerleading, pom pom squad, etc., the whole family was always there supporting each other at every event. She graduated from Dunlap High School in 2002 and then fulfilled her dream of becoming a Florida State Seminole. With a business degree, she spent many years in the accounting field, but sitting at a desk was not for Casey. She started CrossFit at age 29, at the encouragement of her brother in law (coach) Blake, and was able to get reacquainted with (coach) Kyle who she had known for a few years. Kyle and Casey’s love of fitness drew them together, and 5 years later are now married with their one year old son Cooper. With Kyle’s support and encouragement, Casey has been able to go through massage therapy school and become a licensed massage therapist, and also renew her L1 Certificate all in the last year while Cooper was a newborn so that she could get out from a desk and have the three best jobs in the world: Mom, LMT, and Coach! When not working, Casey is spending time with her family, and once a year makes sure to get to her favorite place in the world: Disney World!

I CrossFit because… at age 28 I realized that take out food 4-5 nights a week and the globo-gym was not cutting it anymore. I needed guidance. With CrossFit, there was a coach there giving you a one hour plan to get the work done. Once I was putting in the work, I wanted to start eating better as well. The results I saw made me know that CrossFit was what I needed to be well. Now with Cooper in my life, I need to be in top shape to care for him the best I can, and also to provide a good role model and example for him.

I Coach because… I’ve been there. Athleticism does not come naturally to me. I do not naturally fit into a size 6. I want everyone who walks through that door to know that its possible to be well. It’s going to take work, but I’m willing to do whatever I can to help you achieve your goals.

My undercover exercises are… Overhead squats and pistols. My weaknesses are… Rowing and deadlifts.

My Favorite “Cheat Meal” is… Anything from the week i spend at Disney World, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Tacos, Chips and Guac from Cayenne.

A Sport or event I’d like to try: I have surfed before when I lived in Virginia but i’d love to try riding on some real waves. I’d also love for there to be an adult lacrosse league around here.

My Favorite thing about being a coach: I love seeing the look on an athlete’s face when they get something they have been working so hard towards. That moment is when they know all the effort they have put in paid off and you get to share in their joy with them.

The most inspirational person in my life: Both of my parents. My dad worked 60 hours a week, but never missed a single game. My mom was stay at home, which i found out in the last year is really, really hard, and I only have one kid. She had 3 and did alone with a 5, 3, and 1 year old when my dad lived out of state for a year. They loved us unconditionally and made sure we knew that we were capable of all things, and no one but ourselves could hold us back from that.

My Favorite Book: My favorite book in the whole wide world is “To Kill a Mockingbird”. WE had to read it in school, and were only supposed to read a few chapters at a time. I read the book in one night because I couldn’t put it down. All of the emotions I could feel in one book had me captivated. I also read every single Harry potter book in one sitting. When I find a good book I can’t put it down. I am a huge Fiction fan. But Also the book “Love Does” by Bob Goff is one of the best reads I’ve not been able to put down. Each chapter is a short real life story about the love and grace you can show to people and what it accomplishes.

My Favorite podcast: I don’t listen to a whole lot but I always be sure to listen to the Dads and Dumbbells because I’m curious to hear what my husband has to say! Lol. But in all seriousness, I love all the guys that participate in the podcast and it entertains me. I’m a huge Bravo TV fan (insert your eye roll here) So I love Straight Up with Stassi who is from Vanderpump Rules. Its about embracing all things Basic and I can relate to that. As for fitness I have a list that I love, but don’t get to listen to regularly because Cooper prefers muppet babies. Talking Elite Fitness, Froning and Friends, Live in Victory, and Chasing Excellence.

My advice for people getting started at Wrought Iron Gym is don’t be intimidated that everyone will be watching you and you think you don’t know what you’re doing. Guess what? Those people were beginners once too. Our fundamentals is going to have you prepped for class, and you have an amazing group of coaches that is going to take you step by step through the class. You’re worried about the guy over in the corner who’s barbell is over 300 lbs thinkging your pathetic? He’s not. He’s too busy pushing himself through his workout to notice what your weight is. But if he finishes before he’s going to be cheering you on! We all start somewhere and the hard work will pay off and you’ll be the best version of yourself. You may never lift 300 lbs, but maybe you start stringing together pull ups or become a burpee master. There’s going to be someone looking at you envying one of your abilities eventually!