Favorite WOD :: “Grace” at the same time a great test of strength, stamina, and work capacity. And it’s super short!
Least Favorite WOD :: “Karen” – 150 Wallballs… enough said
Advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit :: No matter your fitness level, you’re at the perfect place to start. Everything is scaleable!
When I think about why I started CrossFit Kent Island in early 2012, it’s because I’ve always strived to be a part of something special. I was two years into my business degree at Penn State when I realized I didn’t want to be a “business man.” I joined the ROTC program and set my sights on becoming a Navy SEAL. I was training hard with like-minded candidates, competing with each other for a spot at BUD/S but at the same time encouraging each other and bonding through shared suffering. Two years later, I found myself back at square one, an issue with my heart preventing me from my career choice. I was distraught but kept up hope even as I began working in the healthcare industry as a management consultant. A friend told me about SEALFIT, a hardcore blend of CrossFit, strength and endurance training, and it reminded me of back in the day. When I didn’t have time for a 2-hour workout though, I narrowed it down to just the CrossFit portion, and realized that was a lot of fun! The CrossFit community also reminded me of my Navy training buddies – competitive, encouraging, and bonded through hardship — these were tough workouts! I began to feel like a part of something special again, and I dove in headfirst.
After CrossFitting on my own for a couple years, I joined CrossFit gyms in Florida and Louisiana. That was a total “you haven’t been doing it right” wake-up call! I learned that proper technique, having access to the right equipment, and not changing workouts to suit what you want to do, are all keys to success in fitness.
I love the constant challenge that CrossFit provides – the same workout can kick your butt in different ways if you’re just learning or if you’re chiseling away at your personal best time. As a coach, I strive to bring people a little bit further out of their comfort zones and more toward that natural athlete that is in all of us. I love having the opportunity to lead this special community of fire-breathing CrossFitters on Kent Island!
My wife Denee and I live on Kent Island with our two little dudes, Everett and Oliver. When we can get some free time we love to sail and ski.
- CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
- CrossFit Kids Trainer
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- CrossFit Mobility
- SEALFIT Kokoro Graduate