Tommy MoonCONTACT TRAINER
I was born in Austin, Texas, the eldest of 3 children. Athletics (primarily football) are a way of life in Texas. In the 3rd grade (a late start in Texas), I was finally allowed to suit up and step onto the gridiron. For the next 10 years athletics, primarily football, would be the center of my world. I continued to play football throughout high school, but as I transitioned to college my interest in football turned to rugby.
Although athletics dominated my interests in college, I went to Auburn to pursue an interest in law but quickly became disenchanted with this future vocation which prompted the most important decision I was ever forced to make. Despite high marks in school, a vibrant social life, and the outlet of college rugby, I decided to leave Auburn University and return to Chicago to pursue a career in the Fire Service. Because of my background in athletics I was well suited for a career where my body was my livelihood. I thrived on the ability to serve something bigger than myself. Virtues that I learned from a life of athletics were synonymous with the virtues of the Fire Service.RUGBY Tommy
Once I had settled in to my career in the Fire Service, I finally had the luxury to immerse myself in an old passion. Having a firefighter’s schedule gave me a lot of free time to re-immerse myself in rugby. It only seemed logical that I re adopt a healthy hobby which I loved so much! I thought, “My body is my livelihood- why not keep it finely tuned?” The only problem was that a strenuous paramedic program and years of physical neglect had taken their toll. My body in fact was not finely tuned. I tried boxing , jogging and the same monotonous weight room routines. Of course none of these programs yielded significant results. I heard about CrossFit from a fellow firefighter. I began by doing the mainsite WODs at work and in the weight rooms of various globo gyms. After several months, I discovered that there was a CrossFit gym less than a mile from my house.
I remember my first session like it was yesterday. Above the door at CrossFit Tri-cities the mantra “Leave your ego at the door” is written. Feeling lightheaded and completely humbled never felt so good. I was clearly out of my comfort zone and yet I had never felt so welcome by a group of total strangers! It was a familiar feeling, yet different in so many ways. I was reminded of the misery and laughter of double day football practices in the 95-degree heat. Needless to say my performance on the field rapidly improved. Several of my teammates took notice and began crossfitting as well. The following year, my team and I had unprecedented success and made a run to national Elite-8. During this time, along with several teammates, I was honored with an invitation to play on the prestigious Chicago Area Rugby Football Union Select Side. Obviously, we all had found a secret weapon and I had found a new passion. What had begun as a means to improve my athletic performance had transformed into a way to improve my life.
As a firefighter, I am no stranger to the feeling that serving others gives you. Helping people is an amazing feeling and I am one of the lucky ones who get to do it in my profession and my personal life. Watching a friend transition off of their blood pressure medication because they have been coached in how to lead a healthier lifestyle is a wonderful feeling synonymous with saving somebody’s home from a fire. As a coach this is what I hope to accomplish for everyone who walks through my door. If your goal is to make it to regionals of the CrossFit games then that is my goal too. If you are looking for an edge in your sport then that is what I want you to accomplish. If your goal is to live to see your grandchildren get married then that is what we will work towards.
CrossFit has enriched my life in countless ways. It has made me a more fierce rugby player, has enabled me to be a more effective firefighter and has prepared me for any challenge. As a coach my goal is to share what I have learned so that others can have the same rewarding experiences that I have had. As I strive to open my own affiliate, I will use my knowledge, experiences and passion so that I can help others pursue their quest for a fitter life.
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Gymnastics
- CrossFit Football
- CrossFit Kids
- USAW Level 1 Coach
- ACE Peer Fitness Trainer (International Association of Firefighters)