CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer
- CrossFit Level 1 Instructor/Trainer
- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt
- Advanced Open Water Diving Certification (PADI)
- Level II Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers)
- Master of Business Administration (IESE Business School)
- Master of Arts in International Economics and Middle East Studies (Johns Hopkins
- School of Advanced International Studies)
- Bachelors of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Purdue University)
It’s a terrible feeling to struggle to tie your own shoes, to not be able to pick something off the ground, or to put it on a shelf. Although I was active as a kid, playing football, track & field, snowboarding, and life as a farmer, in college my lifestyle and health deteriorated greatly. My relationship with fitness was inconsistent and nutrition was abysmal. Workout routines usually meant the first six days of the most recent ’21 days to ripped abs’ from a men’s magazine. I was always intrigued by dieting and loved reading about it, but I also loved McGriddles. Somehow, tying my shoes became a struggle.
For my last year of college, I moved to Cairo and was determined to change my health. I hired a personal trainer, walked a lot (like a ton, everywhere), and took up scuba diving (not as intense a sport as it sounds). I loved having a trainer because it saved me the time and effort of thinking about the routine; I merely did what was prescribed.
Upon graduation, I moved to DC and came upon martial arts, specifically Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I competed internationally with BJJ, medaling in both the Italian Cup and the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup in Abu Dhabi. Like many young professionals, adult-ing took its toll—travel and work stress led me to unhealthy lifestyles again. I became inconsistent with training and didn’t pay much attention to nutrition. I got to the furthest point I would ever be from fitness. At 240+ pounds, I lacked the endurance and stamina to train BJJ.
In 2011, I began training with CrossFit as a way to help regain my endurance and supplement my BJJ practice. I hadn’t lifted weights in many years, could do one pull-up, but not two, and running further than 100 meters was a struggle. They offered CrossFit classes at the gym I was training, and my coach convinced me to give it a go. At the same time I was introduced to diet/nutrition as a lifestyle, everyday, and not just as something you did periodically. I was able to start measuring how specific food effected my body and training. I learned how to measure fitness, and it kept me coming back for more.
I moved to Barcelona the following year and found myself in a place where CrossFit was still largely a foreign concept. At the time there was only one box, Reebok CrossFit BCN, which had recently opened. There I discovered the most important aspect of CrossFit, community. While outwardly competitive, CrossFit is a competition against yourself with the support of all of your closest friends.
Back in DC, I looked for this same community at many local CrossFit gyms and landed on MPH. Here I found a close-knit group of big personalities, but little egos. In addition, I was very impressed by the unique coaching style. Small class sizes and coaches that took time to train each individual athlete, recording and prescribing every weight lifted, and scaling as a part of the training rather than as an afterthought. These coaches helped me recover from back surgery without re-injuring myself, and today I feel healthier and stronger than I have at any point in my life. I am very proud to join the coaching team at MPH and help our community of athletes move better every day.