What is your Hometown or where did you grow up, Significant other, Kids, Siblings, Occupation, Where did you go to College, did you play any sports, ETC…
I grew up in Tacoma, WA where I had a pretty normal life. I have a fairly small family with only one sister. She is 2 years younger than me, and is a really great second grade teacher. I was always pretty athletic and stayed active growing. In high school, I played baseball, basketball, and ran cross country.
My dream in high school was to go to college at the UW in Seattle. I went there, and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Now I work for Triumph Aerospace in Redmond where I design and test hydraulic parts for various aircraft.
What is your biggest life accomplishment and why?
My biggest life accomplishment was living in Haiti for two months right after college graduation. I was on a missions trip with a group of other engineers from the UW, and we did a lot of work designing irrigation and drinking water systems for rural villages. This was really challenging to me, because I had never really been away from home for more than a week at a time and life there is totally different than life in America. It was incredibly difficicult for me to even make the decision to go, let alone live in a place that was so difficult. I actually wanted to come home after about 2 weeks, but I stuck with it. Once I got back, I was really thankful to have had the opportunity to provide help to people that really needed it. Now, I’d really love to go back.
On a Saturday night, where could we typically find you?
For the last few months, you would find me at Husky Stadium cheering on Husky football. Go Dawgs! but now that the season is over, I’ll have to find a something else to do.
What is your guilty pleasure/ favorite cheat meal?
Tough choice. Either a stuffed pizza from Papa Murhpy’s or a whole package of Oreos with milk.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
Lately, I’ve been making a really good chicken phad thai with spaghetti squash. I do use a little peanut butter in it so it’s not quite paleo…
What are your Favorite sports teams?
UW Huskies no matter what, and Seahawks and Mariners when they’re doing well. #fairweatherfan#notashamed
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Hiking, trying to play the guitar, learning to sail, movies, tv shows, reading, playing sports
Why did you start CrossFit?
I was getting really bored working out by myself at Gold’s, and one day I stumbled upon the finals of the Crossfit Games on ESPN and I knew I had to try it. I’ve been hooked ever since.
What did you think after your first WOD and/or after your first week?
I thought i was in really good shape, but then I almost passed out after the baseline and couldn’t stand up for nearly an hour. My arrogance soon faded into humility though.
What is it about CrossFit and our box that keeps you coming back for more and more?
One great thing is the variety in the work outs. It always stays interesting because we’re always doing different excercises, and I’ve gotten to try a lot of things I would never do working out on my own. Then there’s the community aspect. I’ve been able to build really close, genuine friendships with people around the box. That’s something special that I really haven’t experienced many other places.
What are some of the noticeable changes about yourself since starting CrossFit? Physical? Mental?
I’ve actually gained some weight, which may sound a little backwards but it’s what I want. It’s nice to fill out my clothes a little more, and I love hearing comments like “Dude, you’re looking pretty big”. I also, more importantly, feel strong. I know exactly how much I weight I can move around, how fast I can run, and how hard I can push myself physically. All those things together have made me feel a lot more confident in myself.
You walk into Fuse without knowing what the WOD is…. What’s the movement you hope IS on the board, and what movement do you hope is NOT on the board?
Good: Cleans! love them!
Bad: Wall walks…ugh, do we have to?
What are your short term and long term CrossFit goals?
Short term: learn new skills. Just got pistols this week. Now on to HSPU and muscle ups
Long term: don’t know…haven’t thought about it
I tell people every week that “the hardest part of joining CrossFit is just walking through the door”. For all of the individual out there considering “walking through the door” for the first time, what do you have to say to them?
Every crossfitter has had to walk through the door for the first time. Some of us did it years ago, and some of us did it days ago but we all started in the same place. We know it can be really scary but this isn’t a communty of disapproval and judgement but rather of support and encouragement.