I attended my first CrossFit Class in 2012 after accepting a challenge from a friend. One class is all it took to realize I had found something very special! The support and encouragement I received from the people in that class was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. CrossFit has had such a positive impact on my life I felt compelled to help others discover what this training can do for them. Becoming a coach and owner has given me an opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives. I feel very fortunate to be in this position and look forward to opening up those gym doors every day! Even at 5:45 am!
I have been a member at Cranbrook CrossFit since 2016. I started the sport to change up my fitness routine and try something more challenging than working out at a conventional gym. I enjoy the group setting and the friendly rivalry I find in the noon class I attend regularly. My favorite movements are gymnastic pulling and Olympic weight lifting. I have been coaching since 2021, and I’m enjoying seeing people challenge themselves, learn new skills, and improve their health. I strive to ensure that members have fun in class and stay motivated to keep coming back!
One day, in 2016, at age 40, I dropped into a CrossFit class and thought, “holy crap, I better get in shape before I do this!” After a year, nothing had changed, and I was in even worse shape. So, in October of 2017, I swallowed my pride and just started showing up to Underground Fitness. I couldn’t do a single pull up and 3 burpees winded me but I stuck with it and slowly improved. I remember thinking I would never be able to do double unders or a handstand pushup but over time, I was able to do each movement. In 2021, I competed in the CrossFit Open and ended up doing well qualifying for the quarter finals. I ended up placing 61st in the world in the age category of 45-49 year old men. I really enjoyed competing and learned so much. I decided to take Level 1 coaching to learn more about movements, nutrition and the background of the sport. I did not plan on actually coaching but after helping out and teaching a few classes, I was hooked! It is very rewarding seeing athletes progress and grow. I love being a part of this community and have built lifelong relationships with many people from the gym. I’ve always loved to challenge athletes to be a better version of themselves physically and mentally. When I’m not running the furniture store with my wife Christine, you’ll find me coaching the occasional early morning classes and filling in where I can.
I grew up in a very competitive household and I love playing team sports. When I joined Underground Fitness back in 2020, I needed something to engage my competitive edge. The traditional gym wasn’t quite doing it for me. The sense of community, encouragement, and intensity Underground brings to the table is amazing.
I have coached sports before, and I love helping others learn. I am so excited to teach this amazing sport and make others fall in love with it, just like I have. See you in Class!