Born to a Sailor and Marine in New Orleans from an early age I was forced to be an outside kid as were most in my generation. Long before Nintendo and Netflix, I spent most days after school climbing trees and building strategic defensive positions, also known as forts. I played almost every organized sport available growing up and was a regular practitioner of Taekwondo starting at the age of six. I graduated Gulf Coast High School in Napes Florida and after one last summer on the beach I joined the United States Air Force. After four years of life in the military I rejoined the civilian ranks and quickly fell into career that often interfered with my Muay Thai & Brazilian Jujitsu training addiction. My career moved me from Dayton Ohio to Phoenix Arizona where after a year or two of pool side laziness, and one shoulder surgery, I had conditioned myself to do little more than a brisk walk let alone jump back into to kickboxing. My girlfriend at the time had started Crossfit at a local affiliate and I was concerned that she would soon be able to not only out lift me but most likely kick my butt! I had read about Crossfit and had some experience with Olympic lifting and weight training, I had been able to do pull ups and hand stand walks from an early age, how hard could this Crossfit be I thought? My Girlfriend (now fiancée) purchased me a punch card good for 10 visits and I was determined to complete 10 classes in that month! 30 days later, 9 holes on my punch card, buckled knees, sore hamstrings, aching shoulders, and a back that felt like an over stretched rubber band, I was not only humbled, I was hooked! Within months I was running 3-5 miles and setting personal records daily. My athletic body came back and has only improved daily in my fitness journey. What I love most about the journey are the people I’ve met along the way, the Crossfit family that I have been accepted into, and the health that Crossfit has afforded me. I’ve been encouraged at every turn to be better and to help others do the same. When I was offered an opportunity to obtain my CF Level 1 and coach and Crossfit Insidious I was enamored and overjoyed to become a part of such an awesome box!
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are not limits. There are only plateaus; and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee