- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- Army Master Fitness Trainer
Why did you get into fitness (and CrossFit)?
I read the book, “Lone Survivor” while in Afghanistan and learned about Memorial Day Murph. Memorial Day 2013 (20130526), my unit lost a soldier and MDM took on a more special meaning to me. One of my best friends and I completed this workout in our full kit. Since then, MDM is the one workout I will always complete. “Lone Survivor” made me want to ensure I always ready to protect my fellow service members and LEOs. I want to ensure I am always fit enough to get my friends home to their families.
Why did you become a trainer?
I have always enjoyed teaching. I want to be someone who can help others reach their greatest potential. I love watching people reach heights they only imagined they could. I want people to believe in themselves and do whatever I can to help them reach that goal. My mother always told me, if you have the means to help others, you should do so. I believe I can help others maintain healthy life choices, so I try to strive to do so.
What’s your favorite CrossFit movement?
Clean and Jerk
What is your favorite cheat food?
Cheese steaks, bourbon, cookie dough ice cream
What’s your favorite Superhero and why?
My favorite superheroes are Superman and the Hulk. As a calm person, I resemble Dr. Banner, who believes he can help the world. When I am calm, I identify more with him because when I am calm, I am very rational and believe I be a role model. When I am angry, I do become a different person. In my line of work, I walk the fine line between Dr. Banner and The Hulk and understand the constant internal struggle and the fear of letting and succumbing to your raw emotions. Superman always fought the same internal battle. He believed he should be a beacon for humanity but fought against showing his true power and strength because of his fear of scaring the people he wished to protect.