“Always being an active kid growing up, I had major back surgery at the age of 15. After the recovery process and learning how to walk again, I really began to miss competitive sports. I started getting into mountain biking and muddy obstacle course races like the Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder. I started hearing all these people talking about Crossfit and naturally I was intrigued.
One afternoon I was working out in my driveway with my battle ropes and my friend drove by and asked if he could join. After mentioning how hard the battle ropes were, he told me I should come try Crossfit with him. I gave in and went for my free into. I was hooked! I signed up for two classes/week but within two weeks I needed more! I then upgraded to four classes/week and never looked back.
I felt that competitive atmosphere, not against one another, but against myself and wanting to get better. Having rods in my back, I subconsciously set limits for myself but the supportive community has helped me surpass those limits.
Being given the opportunity to coach has meant the world to me. Not only being able to help people succeed but being more comfortable speaking and teaching to anyone who comes into the gym is the best feeling in the world! Anything from hitting a PR in the gym to being able to get off the couch with no pain both yield a smile and a happy person and for me that is what coaching is about.”