CrossFit wasn’t even on my radar until about a year ago when I was flipping through channels one afternoon and I stumbled on what turned out to be the 2012 CrossFit Games. It was not only the first time I had seen a wallball or a handstand push up, but also the first time I was introduced to the idea of competitive, high intensity training. To be honest, I didn’t jump off my couch and yell and holler about how CrossFit would totally overhaul my fitness regime or go sign up at a gym the next day.
I had been a three sport athlete in high-school, playing soccer, baseball and swimming. After high-school sports were finished, I completed 5 rounds of P90X, then eventually went on to P90X2 and Insanity. Ultimately, I was bored and decided it was time for a change. I was referred to CrossFit 269 by a roommate and decided to give it a try. I was hooked after my first WOD. The community and the intensity that are ever present in CrossFit were exactly what I was looking for. I needed more of it. I went on to get my Level 1 Certificate because I wanted to be able to change people’s lives through CrossFit the way mine had been changed.
Coaching has become more than just a hobby or an activity for me, it’s a passion that gives me the ability to be a mentor, drill sergeant, role model, physiological caretaker and friend to all our members at CrossFit 269. In addition to CrossFit I enjoy reading, watching Tigers baseball, expanding my knowledge of fitness and nutrition, wakeboarding, snowboarding, longboarding, playing guitar and piano, hanging out with friends working at an animal shelter and waiting tables in Kalamazoo. Oh, and watching the Lions beat the Packers this year!
Bachelor of Science – Western Michigan University
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer