CrossFit Level 1 Certified
Born and raised in Cincinnati, I have loved being active as long as I can remember. I played every sport I could growing up and was eventually a four sport varsity athlete in high school. When I went on to college I was a full time student and a volunteer Young Life leader, so I let my athletic ability and my fitness fall to the wayside. In 2011 I got married to my beautiful wife Jessi and decided to get back in to shape by running. I’m the type of person who goes all in when trying anything, so even though I had zero running experience I decided to sign up for a marathon. For a few years I experimented with different types of races (marathons, Tough Mudders, 5ks, etc) but when the monotony of run after run after run got to me, I decided to try triathlons. Once again having zero experience in that realm, I signed up for an Iron Man race (Half Iron Man actually… I’m not a crazy person). With about three weeks until race day I had an unfortunate accident that left me unable to exercise for about 4 weeks. During that time I saw CrossFit on ESPN. I’m always looking for new ways to improve my health and fitness and over the years I had developed a deep passion for exercise and nutrition. So when I saw CrossFit I took a deep dive into all of the free content they provide on their website and their YouTube channel and I knew this was something I had to try.
My first experience in CrossFit was actually a poor one. The coaching was not attentive, I had mobility issues and they still had me lifting heavy weight overhead. I didn’t know what I was doing and I left my first session with a strain in my neck and back. It was probably another year before I would try CrossFit again, this time at a different gym with more direct coaching. That was all it took for me, and I was in love. I loved the feeling of doing a workout and leaving every bit of my effort on the floor when it was done. I loved that I sucked at everything and had to eat my own pride when the people next to me were out performing me. I loved that when we finished a workout as a group, we walk away with a shared experience that we’ve been through something painful together and made it out the other side. I loved it all.
Eventually I found myself in the classes helping to correct positioning, talking workout strategy, working with people on skill movements, etc. I figured since I was doing that, I should go get my level one certification so that I could be properly trained and have a little bit more credibility when helping others in the gym. I can confidently say that CrossFit has changed my life for the better. I’m now stronger both mentally and physically than I have ever been and I’m really excited to see the improvement as I continue to improve and be a better me.
I also have a red beard. Thanks for reading about me!