Juliana Truska's Bio
Juliana was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She has been involved in the sport of gymnastics for 20 years and first began gymnastics at the age of 3 at River City Gymnastics. She started competing in gymnastics at 6 years old and continued through her senior year of high school as a Level 9. Juliana qualified for the Tennessee State Championships twelve years in a row and USAG Region 8 Championships 3 years in a row as a Level 9 gymnast. She was first introduced to CrossFit by her gymnastics coach, Gus Vandervoort, who added CrossFit workouts into the team’s strength and conditioning. Gus is now a CrossFit coach and recently qualified for the CrossFit Games as a Master. Juliana began coaching while still competing at the age of 16 at her home gym. She went to Auburn University, and coached compulsory levels at the Auburn Gymnastics Academy. From there, she transferred to Ozark Christian College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Christian Ministry. Juliana has coached at Amplify Gymnastics here in Joplin for the last four years and has coached kids from 2 years old to 18 years old. She currently is one of the Competitive Optional Coaches. Juliana is married to her high school sweetheart, Eric, and they both are active athletes at MWB CrossFit Joplin. They serve as Middle School Ministry volunteers at College Heights Christian Church. Eric recently graduated from Ozark and Juliana is currently attending Missouri Southern State University studying Elementary Education.
Juliana’s favorite thing about CrossFit is the incorporation of gymnastics into the sport. Not only does CrossFit allow for gymnastics to remain a part of her life, but her gymnastics training has greatly prepared her for CrossFit. Her desire is for CrossFit athletes to learn the necessary gymnastics mechanics to make their workouts more effective and safer for the body. She is so excited to be able to join the Midwestern Built Family and offer gymnastics training to pair alongside the CrossFit training. Juliana is also excited that CrossFit is adding more gymnastics skills such as handstand walks and rope climbs!