Danielle Sidell

I was born August 31st 1988 in the small town of Norwalk, Ohio. I grew up being active all my life. My parents, David and Suzie Sidell, were always pushing me to get involved with every sport my school, Collins Western Reserve, had to offer. I played flag football with the boys, pee wee basketball and pee wee volleyball. In high school I competed on the Volleyball,, NG promos-39 Basketball, and Track and Field team. I earned All-Ohio awards for each sport. I was fortunate enough to become the 2nd female for my high school to score over 1,000 points in my high school basketball career. I also won 3 state titles for my high school on the track team in the Mile, 800m, and the 4x4m Relay. After high school I accepted a Division I scholarship from the University of Akron for cross country and track and field. While attending the University of Akron I earned All-MAC recognition for the 800m run. I graduated with my Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 2012. Shortly after graduating, I felt that I needed something more in my life; I needed more self-fulfillment, discipline. With that, I took the oath to serve my country; I joined the Ohio Army National Guard September 9th, 2012.

During my last semester of graduate school was when I discovered CrossFit. I was introduced by my supervisor, Clete Weigel, he invited me to join him in a workout at SPC CrossFit, in Kent Ohio. I honestly had no idea what CrossFit was or all about. I saw a clip of it on ESPN once and thought to myself “wow that looks stupid”. I’m an athlete and I am willing to try new things, so I accepted his invitation. My first workout was 12.1, 7 minutes of burpees, it was on a Sunday, the last day to submit your score. At the time I had no clue what a burpee even was, I’ve never done one. Members from the gym spent a few minutes with me showing me “proper technique”. I believe I ended up with a score of 85 or 86. After 20 I wanted to walk out and never return. I didn’t and I am so glad that I sucked it up and pushed through those 7 minutes. I’ve discovered my passion and I am so grateful for Clete! After 12.1 I was asked to be on the team and the rest is history. I spent a lot of time on YouTube looking at movements and working with members of SPC. Everyone from SPC was beyond helpful; Toby Jurging, Jewels Broadbent, Craig Charton, Joe Weigel, Brett Sepi, Sam Heydlauff, Kyle Kline and Courtney Balimen (all members of the team) spent countless hours working with me every day. THANK YOU GUYS! After a lot of hours in the gym, Team SPC, brought home a silver medal and earned the title as one of the FITTEST teams in the World in 2012. I am so thankful for the experience and all I learned from it!!

I have a lot of room for improvement in my CrossFit career. I have only been doing these Olympic and gymnastic movements for a few years now. I had never even heard of a Snatch, Jerk or Squat Clean until March 2012. So yes, I have tons of room for improvement and I am trying to do just that every day. My form and technique is something I work on daily with my Coach. I’m excited with where I am at right now and the path that I am on. I have been making gains every week and I am confident that I will be a top contender this coming year in the 2015 Games. I am focusing on my weaknesses and turning them in to my strengths. Right now, I have no free time; I spend my time working on my weaknesses. I’m thankful my fiance, Phillip Campbell, understands and is unbelievably supportive of my goals. CrossFit has been life changing for me and I am excited to see what the future has to offer.