Coach/ Personal Trainer
Lifetime PR - Snatch 1.5x BW
Lifetime PR - Clean & Jerk 2x BW
Lifetime PR - Back Squat 2.5x BW
Lifetime PR - Fran 2:20
👆🏽Far from these now 👆🏽but.... I got dad jokes so, theres that.
M.A. - College of Health & Human Performance
Health Education & Promotion
East Carolina University - 2018
B.S. Exercise Sport Science
Health Fitness Specialist - Focus on Human Behavior
East Carolina University - 2006
Certifications and Credentials
Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3) - 2016
USAW Certified Referee - 2014
USAW Sports Performance Coach - 2013
CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) - 2012
CrossFit Level 1 (CF-L1) - 2011
American Heart Association CPR and AED - 2011 to current
As a kid growing up in South and Central Florida, the weather allows for year-round outdoor sports. I grew up playing traditional sports like baseball and football along with non-traditional sports like gymnastics, diving, and roller hockey. Then came high school and along came track, wrestling, and weightlifting. Being exposed to such a wide array of sports was perfect for a future CrossFitter. I found out I excelled at weightlifting through mandatory weight room workouts required to try-out for the freshman football team. Learning how to clean and jerk a barbell was one of the most important turning points in my life. You see, I didn't weigh a 100lbs going into high school and was a picked on a fair bit. But, during those summer workouts, I was able to stand out by outperforming kids much bigger than I was. Eventually hitting a 170lb clean and jerk while I was only 110lbs. No longer was I the little guy, I was the kid that could lift.
After a year of small college ball at a small D3 school, I transferred to East Carolina University where I found my way back on the football field, but on the sideline as a cheerleader. My background in gymnastics and weightlifting was perfectly suited to back-handsprings the length of the field and tossing flyers upwards of 20 feet in the with two other guys. This is also where I was able to learn the in's and out's of collegiate strength and conditioning facilities and how they operate. The efficacy of time and purpose for movement selection along with my educational pursuits in exercise science combined to help create a picture of what was necessary to accomplish athletic goals.
Fast forward to 2008 and I was training 30 people individually. I found CrossFit and it was an "Ah-Ha" moment. My background in track & field, weightlifting, and gymnastics came together in a perfect fitness program. I started training my clients with the methodology and then started to group them up in classes and before I knew it I was basically running a CrossFit program out of the gym. During this time I meet my wife and we moved to allow her to pursue becoming a pharmacist.
After we moved I started training folks out of a one-car garage during my off hours from running a gymnastics gym for kids and youth up through the high school. I loved training both youth and adults during the day and once an opportunity to start my own affiliate presented itself I jumped at the chance. All along the way I continued to further my education, especially in the CrossFit world and completed steps necessary to sit for and earn the CrossFit Level 3 certification.
Along the way, I have spent time refining my craft and have enjoyed the ride. I can't think of many better jobs in the worlds where helping folks achieve their goals is your goal!
Motivation & Passion
Growing up with a single mother, my athletic coaches had a significant influence on my life that was profoundly positive and formative for me. I love to coach because I want to do the same for others.
I have been blessed to be able to coach a variety of sports including wrestling, weightlifting, cheerleading, and gymnastics over the past 19 years. All of which influence how I see movement patterns and help me cue and correct athletes to move safely and improve performance. I have had the opportunity to work with a broad range of individuals whose goals ranged from fall prevention for elderly patients to weight-loss interventions in pre and post-bariatric surgery patients, to general physical fitness for our firefighters, police, EMS, all the way up to National-level weightlifting competitors.