I first discovered CrossFit in 2012. At the time I was working on my world record 10th straight year of being fat and lazy (at least it felt like a world record to me), and I was getting fed up. 265 pounds and climbing was not where I wanted to be, so I decided to make a change. It’s a decision I had made and unmade many times before – to eat better and exercise – but this time proved to be different.
Sometime in the early months of 2012 I started seeing a Reebok commercial for their ZigTech sneakers. I didn’t care a whit about the sneakers; what was interesting to me was what Chad Johnson was doing with this amazing woman in the commercial. Throwing medicine balls? Running with sandbags? It certainly looked more interesting than what I’d done in the past. Once I learned what they were doing was called CrossFit (and of course that the amazing woman in the commercial was Annie Thorisdottir) I wanted to try it for myself.
I finally scrounged up the courage to go for some intro classes at a local CrossFit box on my 28th birthday in March of 2012, which is when I met Mat. He helped me survive the intro period, and I’ve been training with him ever since.
To say my outlook has changed since starting CrossFit would be an understatement. If you had told me when I was fighting my way through the intro period that two years later I would be helping others win that same fight I wouldn’t have believed you. What Mat and CrossFit Ad Finem have given me, aside from a level of physical preparedness I never thought I would achieve, is a knowledge of (and a passion for) the quality of human movement. I couldn’t be more excited to have the chance to impart that knowledge to others.
Certifications and Accomplishments
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- Klokov Olympic Weightlifting Seminar
- Soviet System 1 Olympic Lifting Certification w/ Ivan Rojas