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My Story

Amber Hopeman

Certified BIRTHFIT Coach

CrossFit Level 2 Trainer

Nutrition Coach PN1 Certified

Avid CrossFitter and Runner

Wife and Mother of Two Girls


My Fitness Journey

Throughout my high school and college athletic career, my understanding of fitness was doing what was necessary to maintain a level of endurance and skill to be proficient in my sport of choice, soccer.    

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After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2000, my new definition of fitness, unfortunately, was to run the required 1.5 miles twice a year to pass our Physical Readiness Test. And… that was about it.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Depression after struggling with chronic pain while on Active Duty for several years. And after 10 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, I was subsequently medically retired from the military.  Upon retirement, my struggle continued as I tried to find a balance between living in pain, medications, and my mental health while adjusting to a new lifestyle outside of the Navy.  When I found CrossFit in 2015, I had finally decided to take some control, afraid that with one daughter and wanting another child, I may not be able to keep up and be the mom I wanted to be if I didn’t make some changes.  I could stay in bed or I could get up and move, go to the gym. And even though the pain would still be there, I could say I did something I could be proud of that day. And so began my journey to a healthier lifestyle to hopefully help manage both my chronic pain and mental health.  

Why I Became a Coach

I never lost the passion to lead and teach people from when I was in the military.

Since I started CrossFit, I have had some amazing coaches, and have enjoyed learning from them.

Having gone through one pregnancy completely sedentary and then active throughout my last, I have seen first-hand the benefits of exercising through your pregnancy.  Being able to educate other women about their capabilities and options is important to me.

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I am extremely passionate about fitness and nutrition as well as the benefits of chiropractic care.  I try to practice mindfulness daily in how I move, eat, and engage with others.  I try to focus on progress, not perfection, and never expect more from my athletes than what I can give them.  

As a mother and an athlete, my fitness goal has always been to be able to keep up with my kids and provide them with a positive example of what it means to live a healthy lifestyle.  As a coach, I want to help others, especially moms and moms-to-be, realize their full potential in the gym so that they have the strength and confidence to do the same when they walk out the door.