- CrossFit Level-1 Coach
- USMC veteran
- USAW Weightlifter
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH CROSSFIT?
On deployment to Bahrain, I thought I would take this time to become more “fit”. I was mainly focusing on the aesthetic muscles, which after a few months I quickly became bored. After seeing a group of people doing CrossFit out in the 115 degree weather and just witnessing what they were capable of, I immediately became interested. My Executive officer at the time led a group on base called “Desert Dome CrossFit”. After approaching him about this intriguing workout, with little information he instructed me to show up the next morning with my flak jacket. So on May 25, my 20th birthday, I did my first CrossFit workout which was Memorial Day MURPH (one of the more intense workouts done in CrossFit). Completely out of breath and incredibly humbled, I was hooked.
WHY DO YOU LOVE CROSSFIT?
There are several reasons why I love CrossFit, but there is one specific aspect of it that really stands out to me. CrossFit will not only make you physically fit but mentally fit as well. It pushes you harder than what you thought you were capable of and gives you this sense of accomplishment as well as confidence. A confidence that I thinks affects all aspects of your life.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PHYSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENT?
While deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba my team became the first platoon to ever hike the entire perimeter of the base. The perimeter of the base was 18.4 miles and we were carrying around 50 pounds of gear. After reaching the half way point my feet had already started to bleed and blister. My back rubbed raw from the pack and both legs were cramping on the last two miles. It became a mental task as much as it was a physical task. Starting at 10 PM and ending at 7 AM the next day, it was by far the longest and most grueling hike I have ever been on. And although it was very demanding and exhausting, it was an immense achievement for me and my platoon.