Author: Heidi L. George

Heidi "chocolate puma" George grew up in Ohio, but really found her roots when she moved out to Northern California and adopted the "not-so" hippie lifestyle that is usually associated with her dreadlocks and tattoos. She has been interested in health and fitness since high school and always found a way to keep this area a constant in her life. Before she discovered CrossFit, she studied and competed in Taekwondo. She won State Championship two years in a row and took Gold at the 2006 AAU Taekwondo National Championships. It wasn't until 2009 that she became involved with CrossFit which led her to become a CrossFit Level 1 certified trainer. Her love of CrossFit then lead her to dive deeper into Olympic weightlifting and acquire a daily yoga practice at Red Dragon Studios in Marin County, California. Through these various practices, she has been able to deepen her physical and spiritual connection with her mind-body-soul. In 2014, Heidi became an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and absolutely loves training clients when she isn't working her day job. Her dream is to start her own bootcamp that incorporates "wildness" into their daily workouts. She is also a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has her own practice, Maitri Holistic Wellness, where she works with clients to empower them to cultivate unconditional friendliness towards themselves through a deeper connection with their physical, spiritual, emotional, and nutritional well-being. Heidi currently resides in "the best place on earth!" with her amazing partner and their two loveable cats. They embark together on monthly treks to their local spring to fill up with spring water and both enjoy eating handfuls of raw chocolate on a daily basis!

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