I initially sought out CrossFit to get into better shape and be healthier. What ended up happening were things I never thought I would ever do.
In my time spent at Raleigh CrossFit, I found out what it meant to believe in myself. I built up confidence and it eventually began to trickle over into my personal life where I made the decision to quit my job, go back to school and learn a new trade and start all over again.
I spent roughly 2.5 years transitioning into this new life and it was not always easy. Raleigh CrossFit became the one consistently positive force that no matter how bad a day got or how stressed out I was over tests, working multiple jobs, paying the bills or what ever life happened to throw at me that week, I always had a barbell to lift and I had coaches who believed in me and would offer words of encouragement or support. I guess you could say Raleigh CrossFit served as a home base or stable ground in my chaotic life transition.
My goals as a coach are to continue in my quest for knowledge and “fill up my quiver”. I have an insatiable appetite for knowledge and will never stop learning.
My goals as an athlete are to qualify for another USAW National level competition, maybe do a couple CrossFit competitions, and have fun!
I believe a lot can be gained from competing. The act of preparing and training for an event and then executing is a great learning experience. The extra push of competing can cause you to push past barriers and sometimes even “find a new gear” that you never knew you had.
I genuinely enjoy being of service to and helping other people. To quote this guy you might know, Ghandi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.” He’s a pretty cool dude with a great perspective.
Coaching others is inspiring to me. People are capable of amazing things, and to be able to witness it gives me chills. Seeing in that moment that a person did something they didn’t know they could do, or lift a weight they have never lifted before, or get their first pull up or rope climb, to me, something magical just happened, and I love seeing it. It solidifies my thought that with enough work, anything is truly possible.
- Coach at Raleigh CrossFit
- Level 1 CrossFit Certification, February 2015
- CrossFit Kids Certified (2017)
- CrossFit Judges Course Certified (2016, 2017, 2018)
- CrossFit Scaling Course Certified
- USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach – Level 2
- USA Weightlifting Athlete Development Model (ADM) Certified
- Team USA Safe Sport Certified
- USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach – Level 1
- USA Weightlifting LWC Referee, October 2014
- Pendlay Level 1 and 2 Seminar Completion
- USA Weightlifting Olympian Holley Mangold Seminar
- FuBarbel + The Training Geek Seminar
- Outlaw Barbell Seminar
- Catalyst Athletics Level 1 Weightlifting Course
- CPR/AED First AID Certified
- Competes in various CrossFit competitions
- Competitive weightlifter with Raleigh Strength and Conditioning USA Weightlifting Club (Powered by Raleigh CrossFit), including:
- Qualifying and competing in the USA Weightlifting Regionals One in April 2015
- Out of Step Barbell Open 2 – 2nd Place
- CrossFit Wilmington Summer Lift Off – 2nd Place
- Bull City Barbell Open – 2nd Place
- Training Valley Barbell Open – 2nd Place
- I have two dogs Luta and Pepper and a cat named Titus.
- I grew up playing two sports: a lot of soccer and fencing.
- I enjoy games of every sort (cards, board, video, all of them)
- Favorite bands of all time: Dave Matthews Band and Blind Melon.
- Software developer. And notes, “I live in a brother sandwich.”
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”