CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer
- CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer
- Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (Tulane University)
- Master of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering (Colorado School of Mines)
I was an awkward kid. I played all of those suburban sports that your parents have you play; soccer, baseball, football, and golf. I don’t recall being good at or loving any of these sports, but I played them because that’s what you did. Traditional sports weren’t really my thing, but as soon as I was old enough, I signed up for a gym membership and my journey with fitness began.In college, I was introduced to rowing, which hadn’t been an option where I grew up in Texas. Rowing gave me the opportunity to compete and experience sport in a format that I enjoyed and exceled, with a team of people pursuing the same goal. Following college, lacking a river, boat, and a team to row with, I transitioned into solo endurance sports. Off-road triathlons, marathons, half-marathons, road triathlons, mountain biking and trail running.
I had heard about CrossFit in my twenties, and it always seemed appealing, but I honestly couldn’t justify the cost. Running, swimming, and biking were basically free, and while I pushed myself to be better and faster, the repetitiveness and solitary nature of my individual training became very apparent. To supplement my training, I kept to a pretty religious gym routine. I focused on functional weight training, varied my workouts as much as I could to try to keep things interesting, and meticulously tracked my progress, but I still felt limited on my own.
I finally decided to give CrossFit a try and joined CrossFit MPH in 2016. I was instantly hooked. CrossFit was all the things that I was missing in my athletic pursuits. CrossFit gives you the chance to push yourself to be stronger, better, and faster in a measured manner, whether you’ve never worked out in your life, or are a seasoned athlete in a chosen sport (it even improved my race times!). It offers you constantly varied and thoughtful workouts that keep you challenged and interested. And on top of that, you get to do all of this with a community of supporting people that you will soon consider friends. I wish I had seen the value in this sooner, because I can say that it has been worth every penny. And now as an MPH coach, I’m excited to show athletes the value that the CrossFit community brings to their personal fitness and athletic pursuits.