Lara was born in Namibia, and grew up in South Africa, Singapore, and San Francisco. She was a competitive swimmer until she moved to San Francisco, decided it was too cold to swim and became a cross-country runner. She moved to Los Angeles to get her bachelors in Psychology and Comparative Literature at UCLA. During this period, she realized that her ideas of health and fitness were distorted, so she also studied sports nutrition and the physiology of diet and exercise, and became a NSCA certified personal trainer.
She worked as a personal trainer and PT sales manager, but enjoyed working out with the firefighters and UCLA grad-students at the UCLA track. Before long she started following their workout regime – crossfit.com. Completely hooked, she became L1 trainer in 2010, and joined a CrossFit affiliate that December. By 2011 she started coaching at a CrossFit affiliate and started competing at local competitions. In 2012 she went to regionals in SoCal with a team, and in 2013 the team she went with made it to the games. That’s when she decided she needed a break, packed up and moved to Namibia. With no CrossFit around, she enjoyed long beach runs, and getting creative with throwing boulders and using rugby goal posts as a pull-up bar. During this period she taught English and chemistry to disadvantaged children, managed a small library a few hours a day, ran a few fitness bootcamp classes, and attempted to be a waitress at a German beer garden. Lara has a passion for learning and improving the holistic health of others, so she was excited to get accepted into a Masters in Public Health Program in South Africa. That’s when she packed up and moved again.
She competed at regionals as an individual in Africa in 2014, represented an African team in Denmark in 2015, and decided not to compete in 2016 in order to focus on her studies. After completing her coursework and most of her research, she decided to move back to the Bay Area and be closer to family. She is still doing research on the risks of pesticide exposure from cleaning and storing practices among herbicide sprayers in South Africa, works as a personal trainer and is excited to now be part of the Diablo Coaching Community and Competitive team.
CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) Trainer
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) Trainer
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Mobility Trainer
CrossFit Weightlifting Trainer
CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer
CrossFit Goals Trainer
CrossFit Football Trainer
UCLA Bachelors Degree in Psychology (Health Psychology)
UCLA Certificate in Sports Nutrition
Jon North Attitude Nation Seminar
CPR, AED, & First Aid Certificate