avatarI met Cheryl at a level 1 CrossFit cert I was coaching several years ago. Then I saw her at another Level 1. Then a  CrossFit Nutrition cert...on the other side of the country! Then another! Cheryl has a a seemingly insatiable desire to learn. This curiosity, as powerful as it is takes a back seat to perhaps one thing however and that is Cheryl's desire and capacity to HELP. I think one of the most profound things any of us can do is leave a legacy of helping. I was very excited to hear about her forthcoming blog and will be reading it every day.

Robb Wolf
Robb Wolf: Intermittent Fasting, Fitness, & Paleolithic Nutrition
avatarIt says here that Cheryl has a new blog. I say, it's about damn time. Cheryl has been accumulating knowledge and experience about the serious side of exercise for a while now, and I can't think of a better ambassador for barbell training to women who typically refuse to consider its benefits. One look at Cheryl dispells any apprehensions they may have regarding the aesthetic effects, and she is quite capable of explaining the health and fitness advantages to this group of folks in desparate need of a better way to approach their exercise prescription.

Congratulations. Kick some ass.


Mark Rippetoe
Author of Starting Strength
avatarCheryl, I hope this message finds you well.  I think we all at one point had an aha moment about why we do the things we love to do.  When I first came upon CrossFit I knew that my world would be turned upside down.  I’ve learned so much and am so grateful for the people like you that make my fitness journey such an exciting one.  I honestly do what I do and strive to become better at what I do because of genuine people like yourself.  Take pride and be passionate about what you do and how you do it.  Get comfortable with uncomfortable is a theme we’ve chosen here at OPT, because we believe that getting into this uncomfortable zone unfolds many life lessons.  Here’s hoping you teach others about this, make it happen, all the best.


James Fitzgerald
Optimum Performance Training

I am glad to find that you have your website up, and that you continue to take your knowledge, training and overall expertise to yet another level.

During the 6 weeks that I worked with you last summer, I lost 14 pounds and improved my diet and lifestyle as well as my ability to adequately perform different exercise routines. My fasting insulin decreased by half. For the first time in 2 years my lipid profile normalized - even increased the HDL without the need for statin therapy!

I am now using much of your advice and your recommendations with my patients.

Thanks so much. I am looking forward to working with you again soon.

Jose A Gaudier, MD, Neurologist