"Growing up I played football and baseball but did not really start lifting weights or going to the gym until after graduating high school. During my 20s too much fast food and only doing “bro” workouts (chest, shoulder and arm days), I gained an unhealthy amount of weight topping in at almost 400lbs. It was eye opening at 27 years old having your doctor worry that you could have a heart attack or worse by the time you turn 30. I knew that I had to make a complete lifestyle change. Fast forward to late 2015 and I had lost over 120 pounds, but I still did not feel healthy. My wife and I had just learned that we were becoming parents and I needed to be healthy for them. My workouts were becoming boring. Motivation to eat well was barely there. I had heard people talk about CrossFit, but I wasn’t sure what it was. After watching some videos online, I thought, “ok, I’m never going to be able to do that”. But I was hooked, and I couldn’t stop watching. I wanted to start CrossFit, so I searched for the closest CrossFit near our house. In May 2016 I joined Free Will CrossFit and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made for my health. I love that there is never a boring workout and that I’m able to challenge myself during each one. There are so many different modifications and scalability to the movements involved in the workouts that it allows anyone from so many different backgrounds to get involved. No one forces you to perform a movement you are not comfortable with and yet you are still able to get an incredible workout using the scaling if necessary. I tell everyone that has any interest in starting that literally, anyone can do CrossFit. CrossFit has given me confidence to try things that I never thought I would be able to do. One of the most meaningful things I have gained is the awesome community of supportive, down to earth people that feel more like an extended family. If you ask anyone involved in CrossFit what they love about it, I guarantee they will bring up how unbelievable the culture is. Everyone in this community is so helpful, which creates a tremendous environment and it makes working out fun!"
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
"My proudest accomplishment in CrossFit, so far, was scheduling the fundamentals class. Next would be coercing my wife into joining too. Her support has meant the world to me. Oh and of course ALL the PRs."
What’s your next goal?
"There is always something to work on and get better at. Every day I step into the box wanting to constantly push myself to improve my abilities. My next CrossFit goal is a big one, but I want to do a muscle-up by the time I turn 40 and to be able to have the squat depth of my two-and-a-half-year-old son."