To me CrossFit is much more than a way of working out, it is a way of life. From the nutrition, to the community, to the physical aspect, it largely impacts anyone that comes across it. CrossFit encourages people to set goals and compete against themselves to be better in any aspect of life they want. It builds camaraderie, confidence, and self-worth, while at the same time improving your overall physical well-being.
From the first moment I started CrossFit I had a feeling that this is what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until a few years later I realized I wanted to Coach other people and help share my CrossFit experience with them, so they too could have that great feeling. CrossFit brings people together. Not many other sports can do this because in that moment, when you’re pushing through the WOD and feeling the pain, you know the person right next to you is feeling the same thing, whether they have been doing CrossFit for one day or one decade.
This is a sport where you want to cheer for your competitor, or you scream as loud as you can for the final finisher. There aren’t many other sports where the loudest cheers are for the person finishing last, which is a true testament to the strength of a CrossFit community. I love fitness more than anything, I love competing, and I love helping others, which is why I became a CrossFit trainer.
My whole life I have always played sports whether it was the traditional ball sports or board sports. I just couldn’t get enough. When I was younger I played Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Lacrosse. When I got to high school I was a three sport athlete- Football, Lacrosse, and Wrestling. As a Junior I competed in the state tournament wrestling tournament in only my second year wrestling.
In High School I never had an off season and that was the way I liked it. Whether it was in-season sports, or off season summer workouts, I just couldn’t stop. I loved to compete and still do to this day. I always wanted to put in as much effort as possible so it paid off when it really mattered. Just like CrossFit.
After I graduated high school I attended the University of Oregon where I played on the Lacrosse team and went on to win the PNCLL division championship and go to Nationals in South Carolina. It was after I stopped playing Lacrosse when I truly dedicated myself to CrossFit.
CrossFit found me during my Junior year of High School when I needed to get ready for a Wrestling Camp at Southern Oregon University. I have been on and off with CrossFit a little over five years now, but passionate about it for the past three, when I’ve been able to really put my time and effort into it. I started competing my Junior year of College and went on to win two Team scaled competitions (a great way to start competing) in Salem and Albany.
I love learning new things about CrossFit and all the science that comes with it. A great aspect of CrossFit is that no matter how much you know there is always more to learn. I am always excited to learn new techniques or the science behind how the body functions, which is why I wanted to coach. It was time to put my knowledge to use and help others down their path to improving their fitness.
Besides just CrossFit, I love going out and being active outside the gym. The whole idea of CrossFit is to make you an overall well rounded Athlete that can adapt to any physical task at any moment. What is the point of doing CrossFit if you don’t test it?
Being from Portland, and living in Eugene for four years, I love to hike and see nature. One of my favorite things to do is go biking and exploring. I was a Wildland Firefighter the summer of 2014, and got to see many beautiful places while hiking to our fires. It was hard work, but I put my fitness to the test and CrossFit made me a better firefighter.
Besides biking and hiking I grew up on the water and around every board sport possible. So, I love to Wakeboard and Snowboard whenever I get the chance. Athletics aside, I just graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Economics and a Minor in Business. My dream in the final years I had left at the U of O was to one day use my abilities to work at Nike, while continuing to train others in CrossFit.
Just like many others, I too have the large dream to one day compete at the CrossFit Regionals and one day step foot on that Games floor. I am very excited to Coach and begin my career in the CrossFit community!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1), Gymnastics Certificate
B.S. Economics, University of Oregon 2015