Rachel McDowell


Rachel McDowell started CrossFit in 2013.  Having been an athlete most of her life, she was looking for a team atmosphere that would push her and rebuild her strength. She immediately found that and more at CrossFit Virtus.  As a member of the 5 am crew, Rachel found her niche of people and the atmosphere that would promote growth both mentally and physically.  Rachel has done some competitions and enjoys the ability to set goals and get back onto the competition floor.  Cecil and Sara have been key elements to Rachel’s journey as friends, coaches, and teammates. 

Having been raised in Ascension Parish, Rachel graduated from St. Amant High School and was a level 10 gymnast for the Gym Gems at Athletes in Motion.  Rachel competed as a division 1 gymnast at Southern Utah University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree.  Rachel currently works as a primary school PE teacher and is working on her master’s degree in school counseling.  She is expected to graduate in May 2021.  Rachel has an amazing husband, Chris, and two children, Bowen and Macklyn.    

A message from Rachel:

CrossFit has helped me find “me” again.  After competing in gymnastics my entire life, I never could find a workout facility or routine that held my interest.  I missed my team.  Since coming to CrossFit Virtus, I have found my team. Thank you to Cecil, Sara, and the rest of the amazing people that make CrossFit Virtus such a great place.