New Coach Spotlight: Laura

Coach Laura is one of those people that has been an athlete her entire life. She’s played on teams or participated in tennis, cross country, basketball, track and field, soccer, gymnastics, softball and now considers her sport of choice, CrossFit. This well-rounded background of sports and the different skills required to excel at each of them allows Laura to connect with all our athletes and understand the different skills and weaknesses they’re working on. Not to mention, by being involved in so many different sports, she has been exposed to a lot of coaches and regularly draws on the many different styles and techniques they used to get the most out of their athletes to do the same in our gym on a daily basis.

Laura is originally from Rocklin, graduated from Sonoma State, works as a financial analyst for Apple, enjoys wine, BBQs, outdoor activities and when she gets a spare moment you’ll often find her upside down working on her handstand. Her favorite part about CrossFit and being a coach is how it has helped her build confidence in her own abilities and being able to pass along knowledge to help our athletes do the same.

We’re very excited to have Laura with us and wanted to give you a chance to find out a little bit more about her, so enjoy her Q&A!

Full Name: Laura Fortier

Tell us a little bit about your family, job, and interests:
Grew up near Sacramento (Rocklin) with my parents and older brother. I currently work at Apple as a financial analyst and have been there a bit over a year. I love to hang out with friends, enjoy summer BBQs, occasional yoga, hike and just plain old relax. Recently started going to a gymnastics gym occasionally (when possible) cause I love just doing the few tricks I know since I was little – and to get better too!

What was your athletic background before you started CrossFit?
I’ve done SO MANY sports. tennis, cross country, track and field, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, softball… Always been a little sporty girl. Doing so many sports has given me the ability to have great body awareness to respond to critique pretty well.

Why/how did you get started with CrossFit?
My boyfriend and good friend introduced me! I was always interested in it but never knew much about it. Gave it a shot one day at a friends and family day and kind of ran with it. Haven’t looked back since!

What made you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
I LOVE the fact that I’ve become so much more confident as an athlete and that I am more capable now than I ever was before to do things like throwing 100+# overhead. Who would think like that? I want to see others grow and surprise themselves to see what they are really capable of. This sport, if that’s what you want to call it, has given me a lot of confidence in myself cause it has shown me I can do things I never thought I could. I want that for others too. It’s’ such a great feeling!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Oooo, well like any little girl that loves her dad, I wanted to be him. But he was an engineer and I certainly didn’t have the same pattern of thinking that people do in those positions. When I got a little older I wanted to be a physical therapist, then a nurse. I ended up getting into Sonoma state’s nursing program but realized later it wasn’t for me. The human body has always been incredibly fascinating to me to try to understand so it just makes sense that I’ve found a passion that still incorporates that interest for me that I decided not to pursue as a career.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I would totally be a giraffe!! You don’t get to see much standing 5ft tall!!! How cool would that be!!!

What is the one food that you could never give up?
On a guilty pleasure note – chocolate ice cream! I have such a sweet spot for it. If you’ve ever had chocolate fudge at Baskin Robins, you’ve really lived the good life. And you’re welcome to those in the Rohnert Park area that the flavor came back, cause I wrote a letter requesting them to continue the flavor there. (tehe!)
I’d also have to say Tacos…cause then there wouldn’t be Taco Tuesday and that’s really not okay.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Any time I’m really around and hanging out you can probably find me doing some handstands in an open area or hanging on the bar. Cant help myself! 🙂
I LOVE WINE. When I travel I like to hop into some CrossFit gyms and grab a workout and shirt!

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