I understand quite well what it is to have a goal, and have to struggle and fight to get there. I was in the USMC 1995-1999 & had to fight to earn the title US Marine. When I got out of the service, I gained a lot of weight through pregnancy and poor eating habits and ballooned to over 250lbs in 2001. Since then, I made a complete diet and exercise change and have lost 100lbs. CrossFit was instrumental in helping me achieve my goals: lose weight, overcome diabetes and get off all medication, 1/2 marathons, marathon, Ragnars, CrossFit competitions, etc.
Through my weight loss journey, I became an old school weightlifting personal trainer, a SilverSneakers instructor, & finally a CrossFit trainer.
I am passionate about listening to others, finding out their goals, & partnering with them to achieve those goals by programming & coaching to the very best of my abilities. My favorite part of coaching is celebrating moments of achievement, whether it’s making a goal, doing something you didn’t think you could do, or simply completing a hard workout. I live for those moments!
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Level 2
- CrossFit Kids
- Olympic Lifting
- Currently participating in Opex Trainer Certification
I was raised in Lake Havasu, Flagstaff, and Parker, AZ. My family was pretty active and I spent a lot of time outside. I played sports in high school: football, wrestling, and track. I was never much good at any them. In fact, I have never considered myself to be very athletic. I only knew that I enjoyed being active.
In 2010, my wife Alyssa gave birth to our first son. We were totally clueless on health, fitness, or nutrition. Our lifestyle choices soon found me diagnosed at 20 with hypertension - and a bunch of clothes that no longer fit.
I found CrossFit shortly thereafter. My cousin had been doing it and it basically saved his life. I was living in Kingman at the time and found Coach Nikki Stapleton and what is now Kingman CrossFit. After my first week, I woke up on Saturday feeling reborn. It was as if I was truly living life for the first time in a long time, maybe ever.
I committed myself to the basics - mechanics, consistency, intensity, and nutrition. The results were stellar. Sure, I lost some weight. But the mental clarity, confidence, and assertiveness that I found oozed into my everyday life.
I’ve been doing CrossFit off and on ever since. Quick to make excuses for myself, I’ve fallen off the wagon more times than I can count. Sometimes a little harder than others. Knowing what CrossFit did for me, I’ve always wanted to share that same power of exercise with others.
I used that passion to pursue education and licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant and began working in a nursing facility. I noticed that people who regularly exercised before rehabilitation often enjoyed shorter stays and improved progress.