In high school Courtney ate 3 double chocolate chip pancakes with whipped cream every single morning… For four years. Then in college she read a book. She needed something to do during her free time on a spring break training trip, so her roommate lent her the only book in their apartment: It Starts with Food. For the first time in her life, it became clear that the food we use to fuel our bodies can impact so much more than just the number on the scale.
Courtney was immediately hooked on the science behind nutrition. She loved learning about how the chemicals in food affect us at the cellular level. That book may be one of the reasons Courtney decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut. She currently teaches chemistry and actively contributes to environmental research investigating antibiotic resistance in the Tennessee River. Her extensive experience in reading scientific literature and objectively analyzing data ensures Courtney keeps current with the latest molecular research. She believes that if your cells are happy then you and your body will be happy.
This hypothesis has held true because Courtney is still pitching on the softball field, three years after she played her senior day game in college. Just as she believes there is no “one diet fits all,” Courtney doesn’t believe we should restrict ourselves to only one activity. In addition to regular CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting, she is an avid yogi and has recently taken on herself to boxing, rock climbing, hiking, trail running and skiing.
Awards & Certifications:
M.S. Molecular and Cell Biology: Genetics and Genomics
Precision Nutrition Level 1
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Coaching Style: #morethannothing
Favorite Food: Sweet potatoes
Life Mantra: A little goes a long way
Favorite Band: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate and/or Peanut Butter
Childhood Hero: Derek Jeter