We would like to take a moment to announce and welcome the newest member of our BTB coaching staff and family, Kacey Millard. Kacey and her husband Tony, moved to Atlanta from Chicago where they first got involved with CrossFit in 2011.
Kacey brings a wealth of knowledge, skill, personality, enthusiasm, and love for the sport to our community. We are beyond thrilled to have her as our new Assistant Director of Operations and Head Trainer. Please introduce yourself and help us give them a warm BTB welcome.
Kacey tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN, went to school here in Atlanta at Emory, and then got a job in the corporate world in Chicago (go Cubs). I met my husband Tony, who is a native Chicagoan, in the Windy City and his job brought me back to Atlanta last summer. We are slightly obsessed with our 3 year old dog, Kuma, who’s name may or may not be inspired by a burger restaurant in Chicago.
Three part question:
How long have you been CrossFitting?, How did you get started?, Where was your first gym?
I was a pretty active kid, always playing sports, and post college became a treadmill junkie at a globo gym. After a couple of very painful injuries and general boredom, I heard about crossfit through a friend in 2011. CrossFit was still a relatively new thing, and looking at gyms close to me, I was so confused about what it was! I didn’t understand how people did CrossFit instead of going to a “real gym”. Eventually both Tony and I signed up for an intro session together at CrossFit Chicago, and from there I was hooked! I joined the next day and haven’t been back to a globo gym since. When I started CrossFit I couldn’t do push ups from my toes, and unassisted pull-ups were out of the question. I thought I was “strong” then, so it is very cool to reflect back on where I was physically 5+ years ago.
How long have you been coaching CrossFit and how did you get started?
I started helping out around my box in Chicago about a year after I started crossfitting while continuing to work my accounting and finance job. I learned how much I loved working with members and how satisfying it was to give others some of the happiness that crossfit had given to me. After year of coaching, my home box needed some full-time coaching staff, so I jumped at the opportunity to leave the corporate world and haven’t looked back since.
What is your favorite part about coaching?
I love seeing non-physical transformations in people. There’s nothing better than someone gaining confidence and mental strength inside the gym and then getting to see that apply to their lives in a positive way outside the gym.
What is your favorite wod and why?
Air force WOD
20 Thrusters (95/65)
20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
20 Push jerks
20 Overhead squats
20 Front squats
4 Burpees on the minute, every minute until the reps are completed.
This workout is a controlled sprint with chaos and I love it!
Whats your favorite and least favorite movements?
Favorite: Snatches, pull-ups, and burpees
Least favorite: Deadlifts and Handstand pushups. UGH!
What is your favorite thing to do outside of coaching and CrossFit?
I love to cook. My mom cooked a ton growing up, and my brother is now a chef in Chicago (hit me up for recommendations if you are visiting the area). I cook often and Tony and I love to try new restaurants around town, and especially when we travel. I have tons of healthy recipes and have a big interest in nutrition if anyone wants to chat about it!
So everyone (i.e. the class) loves to play DJ during classes. What is your favorite music to listen to while working out?
I love classic rock and country music. Those aren’t always the best genres to workout to though. I’ll usually put on some top hits and go. Once I start working out, I don’t pay too much attention to the music.