Megan Benzik

Megan Benzik

Coach

300# Backsquat

Lupus in Remission

61st worldwide in Open 17.1

15th place at 2017 Central Regional

175# Snatch

Survived 2 years of #vanlife

Started ATOP Coaching

Qualifications

ISSA Personal Training Cert

CrossFit Level 1

Crossfit Level 2

Crossfit Gymnastics

ACE Health Coach

Precision Nutrition Level 1

About Coach

I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 12 years old and I battled with getting it under control until I was 16. After being sick and bedridden for 3 months when I was 16, I made the decision that I never wanted to feel weak and sick again and that I would do whatever it takes to stay healthy so that I could truly live. I started working with a personal trainer and started learning how to keep myself healthy. I became a personal trainer right out of high school and started working with clients while I was in college. I was introduced to CrossFit through a friend and instantly fell in love with the sport. I decided that one day I would compete next to some of the best in the sport. I decided I would not allow Lupus to stop me. Five years after I tried my first CrossFit workout, I qualified for regionals as an individual athlete in one of the most competitive regions. Being on the competition floor and feeling the accomplishment of five years of hard work paying off was an indescribable feeling. I took a break from CrossFit after the 2018 regional to travel full-time in a van with my boyfriend and our two pups. We went on trips and adventures throughout the west. This is also when we started our own business, ATOP Coaching. Life is amazing and I love helping people realize that. We project what's inside of us. As we realize how amazing we are, we see everything that way. The same is true for what we feel. I help people step into their highest selves (so they can live their best lives) by learning how to build a solid base of health.

Turning Point

Being diagnosed with Lupus was a big turning point for me. I learned that overcoming fears only makes you stronger through overcoming my fear of needles and swallowing pills. I learned how I should be grateful for my life as I watched the kids in wheelchairs being pushed around at the hospital during my doctor's stay. I joined a Lupus Support group and realized that these women were only sick because they had already given up trying to get better. As I got older and had some health scars, I realized how much I value my health and the ability to live the life I want. Having Lupus has truly made me who I am today. Chasing after a goal so far away for so long, as I did with CrossFit, really shaped me as a person too. It was enough proof for me to learn that it is possible to regain control of your health. After taking things too far in Crossfit in 2018, I was forced into learning how to rebuild my life and learn who I am. And here I am, 4 years later, back in the CrossFit scene with a completely new view. The things that change you can make you into whatever you want to be. I have always wanted to be strong.

Motivation & Passion

I never had a doctor mention anything about nutrition and fitness. I had to figure it out myself. I think people settle when it comes to their health and that they don't realize that it doesn't have to be that way. I want to help as many people as I can realize what it's like to feel good, happy, and truly alive. I believe this truly starts with nutrition and fitness. I work with house moms on how to have more energy during the day, the average gym goer that wants to lose weight, the person with an autoimmune that wants to overcome it, the person new to CrossFit looking for something fun to do, the person who wants to build muscle, and the competitive athlete. Helping people change their life for the better ripples to more people than just them. Maybe it's my way of my trying to make the world a better place, one person at a time. Whatever it is, I love it. LET'S GO!

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