Maria Alcoke

Maria Alcoke

 I actually grew up right here in Columbia. As a kid, I was always involved with sports in some capacity – my main focus being swimming. I swam competitively until my senior year of high school. After finishing undergrad and receiving my Masters degree on the east coast, I moved to San Diego. This is where I decided to really take control of my health and fitness, after being inconsistent throughout college. I became involved with endurance races – marathon, triathlon and OCrs. I’ve always been very competitive and felt like endurance training was “my thing”, but after a few years, I felt burnt out from the excessive training. I had heard of CrossFit and was intrigued by the program but never ended up joining a box in San Diego. Instead, I practiced a lot of yoga, surfed and found a non-affiliate gym where I developed a love for barbell movements. 

Fast-forward a few years: my husband and I moved back east right before our daughter was born. While I loved every minute spent with our newborn daughter, I felt incredibly challenged by the new task of motherhood and I wondered if I would ever ‘get my body back’ and feel strong and capable again. I also missed the community we had left behind in San Diego. I discovered the Cove at the perfect time, just about 3 months after my daughter was born. Spending time at the Cove was my time – where I could go lift heavy, break a sweat, and enjoy the company of new friends. As a new Mom, there are times when I find myself questioning my abilities and feeling more challenged than I ever have in my life. The Cove has become a place where I feel capable and in control – even when it may feel like the opposite at home. On days where I feel challenged as a mother and under the stresses of the work / life balance, the Cove is a sacred place for me. The community and support from coaches and members alike is what makes the Cove, I feel like I have been here for years. It makes me a better person – and as a part of the coaching staff, my goal is to connect with each and every athlete I work with to help make them better – inside and outside of the gym.