More important than the Games for Mazzullo—who owns Tarheel CrossFit in Spring Lake, NC and Tarheel CrossFit South in Fayetteville, NC—with her husband, is to spread their message to as many people as possible, a message about CrossFit’s ability to change lives.
“CrossFIt changed my life. It’s all inclusive and, if done correctly, life changing,” she said, adding that it helped her not only become more physically capable, but it also helped her change her nutrition.
Most importantly, however, is that it gave her confidence she never had.
“As an adaptive athlete, confidence is not something I ever had growing up. CrossFit gave me confidence and that confidence took me to the next level,” she said.
Confidence, not only in her body, but confidence in whatever else she pursues in life, including owning a gym.
To be a successful gym owner, she has learned doesn’t mean you have to be able “to do.” You have to be able to teach and lead, she explained.
“If you cannot perform a muscle-up or some other cool movements, chances are most athletes in your gym can’t either,” she said.
She added: “You do not have to be a Games athlete to own a gym. You just need to be good at running a business and have a passion for CrossFit.”