I’ve been a West Coast kid my entire life; I was born in Washington and raised in a small suburb of Portland, Oregon. Growing up, I was the typical kid when it came to athletics and sports; I was enrolled in gymnastics and martial arts and at early age (quitting gymnastics shortly thereafter), and played soccer, baseball, and basketball up until high school. In high school I switched to seasonal sports, snowboarding the in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer, and started hitting the gym after school. When I was a junior in high school, we became eligible to take the school’s Weights and Conditioning course, taught by the school’s football coach, which is where my interest in the iron really started. A lot of the principles he taught us I still remember and utilize today.
I found CrossFit back in 2007, when my training buddies and I were trying to prepare for the military. We stumbled across the mainsite, and started doing their workouts religiously (sometimes multiple ones in the same day). Our small group of three were the only ones in our college gym doing squats (REAL squats), thrusters, pull ups, and other things you’d see everyday now but were something strange and new back then. I continued with the mainsite into my Naval career until 2009, when I found CrossFit Football and jumped onboard with their philosophy and programming. I also earned my Level 1 back in 2009, and started helping run our command PT sessions. I coached off and on through my career in the Navy, finally landing here at Bear Republic last November. Through my lifting career I’ve experimented with power lifting templates, Olympic lifting templates, and various combinations of different methodologies before finally returning to CrossFit Football and the Power Athlete methodology.
When I started training, I used the gym to help me get better at stuff I was doing on the outside; that’s still my philosophy today. My goal is to help show people how the body awareness and movements we’re teaching in the gym can carry over and enhance their everyday lives, from playing sports to playing with their kids. Health and fitness is a marathon, not a sprint, and I truly enjoying being given the opportunity to share in that journey with everyone in our awesome community.
- Crossfit Level I
- Crossfit Football