Snatch: 226 lbs
Clean & Jerk: 285 lbs
Split Jerk: 300 lbs
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
American Heart Association CPR/AED/First Aid Certified
From a young age, I have always been involved in sports, as my parents believed they were a great way to develop mentally and physically. I played basketball and ran track and cross-country competitively throughout high school. After college, I participated in multiple 5K, 10K, and half marathon races a year to maintain my competitive nature. Then, in 2014, I joined my first CrossFit gym as an alternative to balance endurance training with strength. It has since been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Throughout my years of CrossFit, I found the most value in the development of functional movements and building skills over time. CrossFit provides me with my daily stress-relief, my discipline to push myself to improve every day, and my motivation to help others in my community.
My family - both immediate and extended - all suffer from a number of lifestyle-driven health issues, including high-blood pressure, gout, and diabetes. To “run” away from these diseases, I would literally run as much as I could. In college, I would play basketball for over four hours every single day. However, after graduation, that was not sustainable. I started my career and entered a sedentary lifestyle with poor eating habits and a rapidly declining metabolism. Luckily, in my first job out of college, a co-worker invited me to join him at his gym after work. My first workout was 10 rounds: 50 single-unders + 1 squat clean, increasing weight each round. I remember the pain, the lack of coordination, but most of all, the community of people cheering me on the entire time until the end. From that moment on, I found myself loving the CrossFit lifestyle and community, as well as my passion to encourage others in their fitness journeys, too.
One of the best things I’ve had in my life was always having a great coach. Whether it was someone to push me harder, develop my technique and skills, or even to tell me to slow down, I have always been around great coaches who know how to communicate to their athletes what they need to hear when they need to hear it. Because of that coaching, I’ve strived to work tirelessly honing in my technique for everything - from running to lifting to mobility. Therefore, I want to be able to pass on that same great experience to others and help them live better, become more skilled, and have fun doing it.