Certificate Stanford Exercise & Physiology
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CFL2)
USA Weightlifting, Level 1 Weightlifting Coach
U.S. Center for SafeSport trained
I left the Army in 2005. Like many I had some dings and dents, inside and out. For the next 10 years I went through the motions trying to find a new purpose and mission. I went from combat boots to wingtips and became a Sommelier. I traded in MRE’s for fine dining and I started my own Wine & Spirits Consulting company, but was still missing something.
Over those 10 years my body changed. I always took care of myself physically. But suddenly I found myself 20 pounds overweight, with chronic back and elbow pains that never went away after my separation from the service. My mind was full of doubt and I missed the hard stuff that tested me. I became soft. I realized I needed to make a change.
I experienced my first CrossFit class in the spring 2015. The environment of the box and format of the workout filled a void that had been created since I left the Army a decade earlier. For me the group environment is more like family than a class, and the workout-of-the day (WOD) has become a daily mission. I went on to get my Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Certificate 2016. I put the wine on the back burner and took up a role as full time coach. From 2017-2020 I logged over 3000 hours of coaching Crossfit group classes.
I’ve always enjoyed training and sharing my knowledge with others, from coaching youth lacrosse to training soldiers in combat skills or teaching about the finer points of Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.
My background is varied to include mountaineering & technical climbing (in both civilian and military environments), competitive combat rifle shooting, and blind tasting and assessing fine wines & spirits. Recently I’ve rekindled my interest in Biathlon, and look forward to competing in more Spartan races and GoRuck events.
What you can expect from me:
I’ve been broken (both physically and emotionally) and know how and what it takes to recover. I’m always humbled and honored to be part of someone's journey.
I am not a cheerleader. Rather, I will inspire. I will not tell you that you are ‘doing great’ when you are not, but I will help you become great. I will advise, correct, and celebrate you and your efforts. Collectively we will make each other a little better each and every day. I will be your coach.