Heidi Higgins

Level 1 Instructor

Although I was involved in sports throughout my school years, I wouldn’t say that I was the athletic type. For me, sports were fun, I loved the social aspect and when playing in team sports I was always the dependable one. I wasn’t the star player but I was reliable and loved being part of the team. Once I earned my bachelor’s degree and began teaching, my fitness level began to dramatically decrease as the years progressed. I’d hit the gym occasionally but was never inspired enough to keep it consistent. During this time, I began working on my advanced degrees and hit my all-time low while trying to finish my dissertation for my Ph.D. I was having a hard time concentrating and also berating myself for my inability to finish my degree. On top of that, my type one diabetes was spiraling out of control. I made the life-changing decision to join a group of individuals that would work with me to get back into shape. I began participating in 5k runs and completing various half marathons. I also successfully defended my dissertation and earned my Ph.D. in the teaching and learning of mathematics from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Shortly after finishing my degree, I chose to accept a position at UNCW as an Assistant Professor. With the move, I had to also find a new fitness group and stumbled upon an ad for Crossfit while researching the internet. It didn’t take more than the first workout for me to realize that I had found my new home.

I have been doing Crossfit since 2008 and competed as a team member at the Crossfit Regionals in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, I not only switched to Crossfit Wilmington but also decided to complete my level one certification. My love of learning and teaching was the reason behind pursuing the certification.  Making the switch to CFW has allowed me to learn about different areas of fitness and ways to live a healthier lifestyle and also share this knowledge with others. Becoming a coach continues to push me to become a better athlete and I look forward to my early morning visits to CFW to spend an hour or two with some amazing individuals.

When I’m not at the gym or doing something for the University, I spend most of my time with my amazing son, Theodore-Muse, and my wonderful husband, Michael. Theo recently turned four and like most kids his age, he is extremely active and keeps me busy.