In 2011, I stumbled across the CrossFit Games on TV and it peaked my interest. I started following the CrossFit mainsite workouts, but I was limited by equipment and an understanding of how to do many of the moves. I finally made the decision to join a local CF box. I really enjoyed working out in groups and learning how to do the WODs. As my desire to get into coaching grew, I also found J5 and Jordan Unfried welcomed me in, along with the rest of the J5 community. I expressed my interest in coaching CrossFit classes to Jordan. He spent several months working with me, teaching me how to become a coach. Every day I’m getting better and stronger at J5. I enjoy helping others improve their fitness to whatever level they want to achieve. Being part of the masters division, I have a healthy respect for proper form and mobility, as I know how important they are to keep everyone at their best.
- Favorite thing about coaching? The moment when someone’s face lights up when they conquer a new skill or PR a WOD.
- First CrossFit WOD & when? It wasn’t any special Hero WOD or anything, but I remember that I had to scale every single movement, which felt very humbling. The experience left me feeling both overwhelmed with love of CrossFit, and exasperation of how much I had to learn in respect with strength, metabolic conditioning, and technique all under high intensity. My first official WOD in a box was in the first week of July 2013.
- Least Favorite Benchmark: FRAN!!!
- Favorite benchmark? Barbara
- Movement in my wheelhouse: Deadlifts.
- Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza & Ice Cream.
- Favorite supplement: Whey Protein, for multiple reasons.
- Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Rich Froning.
- Advice to New CF Athlete: Workout at your level and not someone else’s level. Always strive for proper form over speed, if you get injured the time lost and the recovery will be very frustrating.
- If you could have one super power what would it be?: To become invisible.
- Tell us one thing about yourself not related to CrossFit? I’ve been married to my wife Rebecca for over twenty years, and we have one son Ryan.
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- CrossFit Weightlifting
- CrossFit Mobility