Introducing Coach Katherine

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We are so happy to formally introduce Coach Katherine to the EDCF community! A long proponent of fitness, she came to us with a background in and passion for coaching. Her personable nature and calm demeanor are just what we were looking for in a coach. You can typically find Katherine coaching the Tuesday evening classes but you better have your kettlebell game on point! Check out a little more about Katherine below:

“I found East Dallas CrossFit in the Spring of 2016 and immediately felt like part of the family. I grew up in Dallas playing volleyball, basketball, and tennis (I was the only girl in my high school class to earn 12 varsity letters #humblebrag), and over the years, my athletic endeavors have run the gamut from half marathons and flag football teams to yoga, rowing, circus school, and more. I’ve always loved working out, but after completing a Tough Mudder back in 2012, I needed a new challenge. My best friend had been pestering me to try out CrossFit for over a year, so I finally signed up for beginner classes and was hooked from the first wall ball.

I am one of the lucky people who can say CrossFit helped change my life. After graduating from UT Austin with a Bachelors of Journalism, I spent over a decade in finance. I began coaching CrossFit in 2013 at a different gym and ran an all-female lifting class where I saw just how empowering strength training could be; around that time, I realized how unfulfilled I was in my 8 to 5 spreadsheet job, and how incredibly motivated I was to help people achieve their goals. Because of that, I left finance and now work as a Career Counselor in UTD’s School of Management, where I am an advocate to 8000+ students and have the privilege of coaching them through their job and internship searches.

I am CrossFit Level I and Kettlebell certified and have a deep love for double-unders. I am passionate about helping people find their confidence through fitness and wholeheartedly believe that CrossFit can play a pivotal role in achieving your goals, because it did mine!”

Meet Kaitlin Starrett

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Hi East Dallas Crossfit!

Over the next few weeks, you’ll see an increasing number of posts to social media and this blog. My name is Kaitlin Starrett, and I’ll be the one producing some of them! I love to write, I love social media, and I love Crossfit, so (as you can imagine!) I’m excited about adding some content to help you get the most of your time at EDCF!

A little about me: I did my undergrad at UT-Austin and my master’s at Baylor, both in Kinesiology. After graduating from Baylor, I was hired on as a lecturer for undergraduate human performance courses. During that time, I taught several classes for Baylor and I launched a personal training business. I worked with a variety of clients, and I focused on nutrition and fat loss. I realized that I loved helping people reach their goals, but that I didn’t know what type of goals to set after their physique goals had been met. Then, I became exposed to Crossfit and holistic nutrition in 2012, and my world was rocked. I loved chasing performance rather than aesthetics, and I’ve had so much fun mastering my first pull up, first 1.5x body weight deadlift, first pistol, and more. There are truly no limits to what you can accomplish when you do Crossfit! As well, I adopted a paleo-zone style of eating, and I saw really great results, both in my body composition and in my general feeling of well-being. I now teach full time at Southern Methodist University as a lecturer in their Applied Physiology & Wellness department. I love teaching my students about weight training, nutrition, and the benefits of functional physical fitness. It is such a joy to share my love of fitness with my students and clients, and now I’m so excited to share with you!

When I’m not writing about fitness or working out, you can find me teaching at SMU, cooking delicious paleo meals, reading, or hanging out with friends, family and my soon-to-be husband, Brad!

I want to post about things that you are interested in, so feel free to find me at the gym (I’m usually in the evening classes!) or comment here to let me know what you want to learn about!

Ryan Savard

I’ve been around athletics and competition my entire life, all the way up through college. With that being said, I’ve also been experienced burnout, bad training methods, and especially injuries… lots of injuries. I was looking for something new and different. Something that would steer me clear of overuse injuries while making me leaner, stronger, and faster. Something that would challenge me both mentally and physically as well as fill that void of competition.
I found CrossFit in 2008 when a friend in college who was training for the Navy SEALs got me to join him in a workout with the name “Barbara”. After about 50 minutes I came away with what felt like a hangover, ripped hands, and a sense of humbleness that I had never felt before. After joining a box in Austin, TX I felt what it was like to be a part of a CrossFit community. I received my masters degree in movement science with a specialization in biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology from the University of Texas in Austin. I currently am CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Olympic Lifting certified. In doing CrossFit and being around the community that it presents, I have found that I have a passion for coaching and helping others reach their goals through functional nutrition and fitness.
I believe that good dieting and a constantly varied and functional fitness are foundations of health and happiness. The greatest wealth is health.