Pure Barre, SWEAT Lexington
Catherine was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky where she grew up involved in many sports such as gymnastics, soccer, cheerleading, softball and even a dabble in basketball. She eventually found her heart set on softball and cheerleading where she quickly realized her passion for sports and athletics. Catherine won softball championships and competed for numerous national titles with her All-Star squad. Upon reaching High School, she decided she was burnt out on sports and needed a break. While on her athletic hiatus, she developed a passion for heath and fitness after joining the local gym as a mean to stay in shape. Catherine began working out in group fitness classes and began weight training at 15. She was inspired after seeing major results in her muscle development and discovered a love for fitness and body structure.
When her senior year in high school approached she decided to give cheerleading one last go before attending college. Her All-Star cheerleading coach, Jomo Thompson, had just landed another job as the head coach for the University of Kentucky Cheerleading team. After a couple of months of getting back into cheerleading, Jomo inspired her to tryout for the 19-time national champion UK Cheerleading team. Catherine was determined to reach that goal and spent many hours of training for the tryout. In April of 2003, her dreams of becoming a UK Cheerleader came true. While attending the University of Kentucky she majored in Kinesiology and Health Promotion.
After 2 years of cheering for UK and doing some soul searching, Catherine decided to change her academic path. Wanting to pursue her love for sports and fitness, she completed her degree at Midway College in Sport Management in 2008. While completing her degree she had been an employee at Ball Homes since her senior year in high school but always had her career goals set on sports and fitness. It wasn’t until her first Pure Barre class in February 2010 that Catherine quickly developed a passion for the Pure Barre Technique. Within a few classes, she knew she wanted to be a part of the team and became a certified Pure Barre instructor in November 2010. As of February 2012, she has now achieved the highest level of Pure Barre certification and loves sharing her passion for Pure Barre with her clients.
Catherine is also a Crew instructor at Sweat Fitness. She was introduced to Indo-Row by her Pure Barre owners, Edie and Amanda, and was amazed at how unique, safe, and effective rowing is. She became a certified Indo-Row Coach in November 2011 with the rest of her crew and is working on creating new and innovative techniques for their Crew classes.
One of Catherine’s biggest accomplishments is overcoming her dislike of running. In 2008 she completed the Louisville Triple Crown which is a series of 3 races, 5k, 10k, and a 10 mile run, through downtown Louisville. She hopes to become inspired by her fellow Lexington lululemon Ambassadors to incorporate running into her weekly fitness routine. She also wants to learn more about yoga after taking her first yoga class with fellow lululemon ambassador, Sarah Braun.
Catherine is also involved in the local Diabetes Foundation in honor of her dad. Her dad is her true inspiration in life as he has battled diabetes for 55 years, a disease that has left him completely blind now for the past 10 years of his life. He is the most positive influence in her life, as he never lets his disability hinder his goals and dreams.
Catherine spends any remaining spare time with her husband, who is a successful real estate attorney in Lexington, and their goldendoodle, Wrigley. She looks forward to fulfilling her new visions and goals she has set as a lululemon ambassador. She hopes to use her ambassadorship as a platform to not only reach her goals but also to inspire others to become aware of the importance of health and fitness. With that being said, her next goal is to go back to school and get her certification as a Heath and Wellness Coach. Catherine will use her certification to educate patients regarding self-health management and encourage patients in taking a more proactive role in healthy living.
“Don’t wish for it, work for it!”