Crossfit Level One, CrossFit Judges Course, ISSA Certification, CPR/First Aid Certified,USASF Certified, AACCA Certified
Outside the Box:
I grew up right next door in Woodinville. I played football and was a thrower in high school and went on to be a cheerleader at the University of Washington and the University of Tennessee. I also played football at UW for a year and was the Track Manager for 5 years. (I went to school about as long as Doctors do)
My biggest life accomplishment…which is still in progress, is raising my son Braden. I spent 1.5 years raising him all on my own. I’m trying to teach him how to be a good and decent man and I love him more than anything in this world!
I’m kind of a homeboy so on a weekend night I’m usually just sitting at home watching a movie or playing with Braden. Sometimes I can gather up the drive it takes to venture out into the night and hang out with friends. I enjoy going to the gun range, bowling, playing pool, comedy shows and Cowgirls Inc.!
My guilty pleasures are pretty much anything peanut butter and chocolate, brownies, cakes, doughnuts, cupcakes…….the list is so long.
My favorite healthy meal is probably eggs and oatmeal, my typical breakfast.
I don’t really care about sports that much (except fitness and cheerleading) but UW football is by far my favorite.
Inside the Box:
I’ve been coaching CrossFit for almost a year now. I was a personal trainer for 3 years before that and also trained for Powerlifting. I’ve been a cheer coach for about 20 years and worked out in some awesome collegiate facilities since 1994 so I have been in the fitness industry in some capacity for a long time.
I don’t really have favorite of anything but if I had to pick a CrossFit movement it would be HSPU….I’m not very good at them but I like them. Once back flips become a regular occurrence, that will be my new favorite. As for benchmarks, I like Helen (even though it has running) and I want to do Diane because I think that will be my favorite. My favorite Hero so far is Nate, mostly because I finally did it RX and linked my muscle ups every round.
I think you all know that if I choose the music it’s going to be a pop song by Ke$ha, or Katy Perry or P!nk…..If I’m going for a PR then it’ll be something harder like Marilyn Manson or similar and when I’m just lifting, I like to put on the Fall Out Boy station on Pandora.
Speaking of PR’s, I have a few lately that I’m excited about. I push pressed 270#, and Clean and Jerked 295# this summer. Last week, I did 25 muscle ups in 12:38. I also did some pistols in which my right heel stayed on the ground, which doesn’t sound like a big deal but it was about the best thing to happen to me since I started CrossFit!!
I’m not sure there was a singular event that inspired me to become a CrossFit Coach….it was more that I wanted an excuse to spend more time in the gym lifting, WODing and learning new movements. Having been a coach for so long, it was kind of a natural progression for me. I’ve really enjoyed learning the nuances of coaching CrossFit movements and individuals over the past year. I’d say my best experience coaching so far has been the first Specialized Strength Program that I ran in the Summer. The improvement from each person in the program and just working with each person on their individual strengths and weaknesses was rewarding and a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to the continued improvement from those that do the program in the future! One of the most inspiring athletes for me has been Ian Gelfer. He has really stepped up his dedication and commitment over the past few months and is putting in the work necessary to improve in every aspect. Not only is his strength increasing, but his mobility is improving by leaps and bounds, he is becoming more knowledgable in technique and he has been willing to be my test dummy for some @inappropriate_spotting!! (shameless plug)
My favorite tip or cue, at least right now, is “pull your shoulders back”. Not only does it help with overall posture, but it really makes all lifts easier and mechanically superior. From deadlift, to snatch, bench press, squats and pull-ups, there’s not a movement that don’t benefit from properly set shoulders.
My biggest goal is to make the Top 200 Worldwide in the 40-44 Master’s Division this year in the Open. If I make that, I get to do the second round of workouts to try to get to the Top 20 and go to the Games. I know the Games are out of reach right now, but I calculated where I would have been last year and I came in at 363. So, hopefully, I can move up 163 spots and do a few more WOD’s this upcoming year!
Finally, my advice for new CrossFitters. Don’t stop. Keep coming, even when you’re sore or tired or bored. Your health is the most important in your life, for without it, there is no life. I’ve done a myriad of fitness protocols throughout my life and CrossFit has by far made me stronger, more cardiovascularly healthy, more flexible and more mentally tough than any of them. Know that the people in the gym that you interact with everyday are behind you every step of the way and want to see you be your best self. There is nothing more motivating than knowing there are a 100 people out there that want you to succeed beyond anything you could have imagined.