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Meghan Rohde

#MemberCrushMonday: Meghan Rohde





Here is her story: 

What do you do with your time, for work, play, etc? I am a full-time wife and mom and professor of physical therapy at Franklin Pierce University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I teach pathology, professional development, and moonlight here and there in orthopedics and sports PT. For play: I love to be outside, unless it’s 7th circle of He** hot outside and then give me all the air conditioning, or just take me to Prescott or Flagstaff. 




What is something about you that would surprise us? I am a horrible gardener. I love plants and vegetables, and try REALLY hard to keep them alive. Alas, they die miserable, dehydrated, sad deaths, and I have no harvest. I’ve even killed bamboo, and I’m on my second fiddle leaf fig tree. So far that guy has lasted longer than the first, so keep your fingers crossed! 

How do you make a difference in the community? Well, I think my greatest contribution is through my profession: I have the privilege of teaching the future of physical therapy. I also recently started an online coaching and continuing education company, Fortis Matrem. Fortis Matrem is “Strong Mother” in Latin. I wanted to create a platform for moms to learn about themselves, their bodies, how to achieve and maintain physical, emotional, and spiritual strength through all phases of #momlife, from pregnancy, postpartum, toddler, school-age, teen years, and beyond. I’ve also created continuing education courses for physical therapists, personal trainers, and strength coaches so they can become more familiar in working with women in different phases of their life. 

Why do you choose to workout at Chuckwalla?  When I found Chuckwalla, I was desperately in need of community. A couple of my friends from Prescott recommended it, and I trolled the programming for about a month before I came in (nice work, John!). I’ve been doing CrossFit since before CrossFit was cool, like you had to know someone who knew someone and find some shady loading dock on the sketchy side of town, looking out for the bros in board shorts, tall socks, and vibram 5 fingers. Programming was important to me, because (as many of us know) there’s a lot of crummy coaches and programming out there, disguised as good fitness. I also wanted to make sure I found a gym family that didn’t care what numbers I put up on the whiteboard, but rather wanted to know who I was as a human being. Chuckwalla certainly has delivered above and beyond, and I can still be a bit of a meathead on big strength days. 😁




How does Chuckwalla help you be strong for life? Community! My 8am and 430pm crews know me, and know when I’m having a good day or not. No matter what, I know I’m supported in everything I do. That’s the recipe for strength for life…and having a solid back squat. 

What is your favorite lift/workout? I love Olympic lifts. Before our son Forrie was born, I competed in Olympic lifting for 5 years, and competed in CrossFit before that. The snatch and the clean and jerk are two of the most technical movements in all of sports, and when you get the technique down, it is SO beautiful, and the weights just fly right up. 

What social media account(s) can we find you at?

@m_ro_dpt @fortismatrem @franklinpiercedpt_az


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