Athlete Profile

Natalie Garver

Natalie Garver is married to Luke Garver (a 5 am regular at Redbird) and you can always catch her at one of our evening classes. They are married with two boys Henry (5) and Johnny (1). Natalie came back to the doing CrossFit last year after the birth of Johnny.  

A natural athlete, she was not afraid of scaling and easing into workouts for the initial few months. Eventually, hard work and consistency pay off and she has been a motivation to other members, moms and soon to be moms in the Redbird family and within the overall community. Get to know Natalie and next time you see her, congratulate her and ask her the secret to her success.

1. When did you start CrossFit?

I have been doing CrossFit for 8 years now. I love CrossFit because I’m competitive and I need someone to tell me what to do! Before CrossFit, I’d go to a gym, run on the treadmill, stare at the dumbbells, and then leave because I was bored. I can’t imagine ever going back to a traditional gym, now that I’ve drank the CrossFit koolaid.

2. What was your first WOD at Redbird or your favorite WOD?

I don’t remember my first WOD at Redbird but I like a good, long “slow grind”. The ones that make you question your life and why you do CrossFit.

3. What do you do for a living?

I’m a preschool teacher at the Illinois School for the Deaf and LOVE my job!

4. What are your favorite CrossFit movements and why?

People think I’m crazy, but I love wallballs. I was a setter all my life so that movement is just natural for me I guess.

5. What is your biggest accomplishment at the gym since joining RedBird?

I’ve learned a lot and have been pushed outside of my comfort zone in the year that I’ve been at this gym. I climbed a rope for the first time, learned how to do chest to bar pull-ups, lifted heavy weight, completed my first swim WOD, and did my first competition after having two babies. I love the people and atmosphere at Redbird. Thanks, Redbird for kicking my ass week after week. I guess I’ll keep coming back.

6. What’s something we don’t know about you?

A few things you may not know about me are I can never remember how old I am, I will NOT watch scary movies, and I love coffee, peanut butter, and whiskey.
1000 Sherwood Lane
Jacksonville, IL 62650 (view larger map)