For as long as I can remember, sports have been a huge part of my life. I have to thank my parents for basically forcing me into gymnastics, football, baseball, volleyball, track and field, and golf. Having done all these sports from a young age allowed me to excel in two sports that I loved, swimming and wrestling. I thank swimming for helping me be a great wrestler. But, I thank wrestling for peaking my interest in strength and conditioning.
Now, if you are familiar with the sport of wrestling you would know that the monsters of the sport start very young. My first experience in the sport came as a freshman in high school. When I realized that I was behind the curve here I became obsessed when being stronger and faster than anyone I would step onto the mat with. Whether it was to go to the weight room before school or practicing with guys much heavier than myself, I never wanted my body to be the reason that I lost.
Jump four years and I had earned all-conference and a trip to the state tournament. My high school success made it easy for me to commit to North Central College to continue my wrestling career. I can still remember my first meeting with head coach Kevin Bratland. He spoke about creating “machines” and a team that he would take to battle and “outfight” any other team. I can remember that after this conversation I was sold. A month prior to the beginning of the season, preseason wrestling started, and the methodology used to create these “machines” was very comparable to CrossFit.
Jump another three years and my obsession with the offseason gave me insight to what I would like to do post-graduation. It was here that I left the sport that introduced me to CrossFit and began to pursue any and all CrossFit knowledge I could. This pursuit led me to internships in strength and conditioning (ESP Athletics) and coaching positions at CrossFit Thor (Midwest Strength and Conditioning), CrossFit of Naperville, and most recently CrossFit Alpha Dog.
After years of bodybuilding, powerlifting, high school and collegiate sports, I have still not met a more dedicated group of people than those who CrossFit. I find it very comparable to wresting in that a group of people who suffer together will be brought together. This is evident in how extremely tight knit the community is as a whole. I enjoy every day that I am able to coach and work with these people, and get just as jacked up as they do when they hit personal bests! In that sense, your goals become my goals. So let’s get after it!
- North Central College 14′, B.A. Exercise Science
- CrossFit Level 1 Certified
- CrossFit Endurance Certified
- CPR/AED Certified