Sports have always been an interest of mine. However, as I picked up each new sport I learned that I enjoyed the training part of sports more than the competition itself. In every sport I've worked to master I found that the constant practice and attention to detail required to do well was what I was drawn to. It did not take long until I realized how valuable that kind of training is when applied to other areas of life outside of sport. One of the best feelings in the world is sitting down at the end of the day feeling accomplished after putting in the work to be better than I was yesterday.
I played basketball in high school but outside of playing the game I did not do any strength or conditioning. The summer before my Junior year I worked with a strength and conditioning coach simply to have something to do. In the first practice scrimmage of the season my teammates were surprised at how much more physical I was, which made me a better player. That sparked my interest in strength and conditioning. Fast forward to my senior year of college I was training for a 5k running race and decided to do CrossFit workouts I found on YouTube to supplement my running. In my next race I had a personal best time by more than 3 minutes. From that moment on I was hooked on CrossFit.
For much of my life I felt like an outsider and someone who did not fit in. I lacked self-confidence and did not believe I could accomplish the things I wanted to. Being a part of a CrossFit community gave me a sense of belonging I had been searching for as we all come together from different walks of life and worked to help each other along. As a coach, I want everyone to feel that they belong and will be supported as they pursue their own goals. When they hit the inevitable bumps in the road I want to be someone they can trust to help them get back up so they can continue on.