Katie MercadanteCF-L1, CF-Endurance, CF-Mobility, CF-Kids (Boot Camp Instructor & Personal Trainer)
I have been a fitness addict all of my life, participating in high school athletics and collegiate co-ed intramural sports.
While earning my degree at the University of Florida, I studied exercise sports sciences to complete pre-physical therapy degree requirements. I spent that time focusing on physical education and adapted physical education and aquatics, learning how to guide children and young adults to become more physically active and safely become fit.
Since graduating college, I became an avid runner and began participating in marathons and half marathons. I added CrossFit to my fitness in 2009. After falling in love with the challenge of new and varied forms of exercise, I was led to pursue my CrossFit certification in February 2012.
Coaching took my love of fitness to a new level, I found that helping others to achieve new levels of athletic accomplishment provided me with an overwhelming sense of purpose and an even greater passion for the sport. Since achieving my Level 1, I have attained certifications in Kids, Mobility, and Endurance, allowing me the opportunity to lay the foundation for a lifelong love of fitness, work with athletes struggling with flexibility and agility issues, and analyze and assist with the training of endurance athletes.
There are no words to properly capture the feeling of helping someone achieve new levels of fitness, reach their goals, and accomplish what they never thought possible. Watching an athlete gain confidence is just an incredible thing. In my mind, fitness and physical activity are keys to, not only physical health, but also mental health peace and mind. And because of this opportunity for impact, I continue to pursue avenues through which I can be part of a greater fitness mission: from coaching as many different aspects of fitness as possible to nutrition and healthy living.
I am so honored to be the Forte Fitness family! This is an amazing opportunity to work with so many awesome athletes and to delve into another challenging and fun form of exercise and fitness! I can’t wait to meet you and help you reach your goals!