When did you start CrossFitting? Who/what got you started?
I originally began CrossFit because a friend of mine started a gym and said I should try it. Being that I was active duty Army at the time he suggested that I do CrossFit instead of running allthe time. I tried it in a garage gym and have never looked back.
What is your favorite/least favorite WOD?
My favorite workout is Angie but I do love doing Murph every year. The more push-ups the better. My least favorite workout is Karen but with all the 30lb wall balls we have been doing lately who knows.
What is your favorite/least favorite movement?
My favorite movement is pull-ups. It’s just something I have always been pretty good at. If the Assault bike counts as a movement then it is definitely my least favorite.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, interests, etc.)
I am currently engaged to a hottie name Kylie. We have German Shepherd that loves to smile and make weird noises. I have a Political Science degree from Kansas State University. GO WILDCATS!! In 2007 I joined the Army and decided to switch to the Air Force earlier this year to pursue other opportunities. Soon I will be working on my MBA and can’t wait to see what that brings. We both love to be active so you name it, we will do it.
What was your workout routine before CrossFit?
Before CrossFit it was wake up, do Army PT, lunch time bro sessions, and off duty bro sessions. Even then I was always working out so it wasn’t something new I developed because of CrossFit. Even though I was getting strong and was good at running it was just getting old. Once I figured out I didn’t have to run all the time to max my run for the Army it was game on.
What did you think after your first CrossFit workout?
After my first workout I thought “this is awesome”. A few days I was still thinking that but it was accompanied by “why cant I walk normal and how did that kick my butt so bad”. I couldn’t wait to see where it took me mentally and physically.
What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Have you achieved any of those goals?
The first few years it was just to be as conditioned as possible so that I could have the best PT score my unit in the Army. I did reach that goal but it wasn’t until the last few years I have started focusing a lot more on strength. The goal is still be conditioned but it has shifted to being the strong as I can be at the same time.
Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?
Besides my fiancé thinking I am smoking hot. Everything outside of the gym feels easier. Every sport I play, every ski trip, it all feels easier. While others are resting Kylie and I are doing another run on the mountain or rock climbing on the weekends.
Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?
If you ask Kylie I am my own worst critic. I know there are bad days and good days. The things I remember are always the accomplishments of those around me and of those I have coached. Being able to go to regionals to help and watch the team compete was one of the most memorable. They put it all out there and it was great to watch in person.
What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit 913?
My advice is just walk through the doors each day. Show up each day with a positive attitude. You will quickly learn what movements you love or hate and showing up on the days you don’t want to are the ones that will make you stronger.
Something you might not know about me is?
Prior to my 10 years in the military I was a Sous Chef for the Sheraton Hotel. I love to cook and continue to learn new recipes as well as how flavors can be paired up to make something tasty. I’m pretty sure Kylie only said yes because she loves my cooking.