Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Occupation: Rock climbing gym Operations Manager
When did you start CrossFitting? April 2013
When did you first start training at BHCF? April 2013
Favorite WOD: Anything with gymnastics or endurance work.
Least favorite WOD: Anything that is focused around barbell work, like thrusters. High repetitions of heavy weight crushes me, but Coach Kane is helping me fix that…hopefully that will change soon. Oh yeah, and anything Coach Jess B. programs :) j/k
Tell us about your sports and fitness background: I grew up playing sports. My main focus when I was young was soccer for 14 years. I picked up rock climbing in college and it remains my passion. I also like to dabble in ultra running.
How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? A friend, and former employee, Cherie Chan, exposed me to it. If you don’t know, Cherie and her husband Matt are top athletes and staff for Crossfit HQ. While working with Cherie, she would come in and tell me about all the crazy workouts they had been doing. I watched Cherie quickly become fully immersed in the lifestyle. I had always thought of doing it from that point on but never made the commitment. That is until the Arvada Heartthrob 5k race last year. Big Horn CrossFit had a challenge to row 500 meters in under 1:50 and you won a t-shirt and 2 weeks free. I think I rowed a 1:43 and went to my first class a couple weeks later. I haven’t stopped since.
Take us back to your first WOD: I honestly don’t remember my first. I remember being nervous and especially confused on the barbell work. The thing that sold me on CrossFit, and Big Horn in particular, was how welcoming and friendly everyone was. Each time I went in someone new would introduce themselves to me. Thank you, guys!
What sort of changes have you seen in your body? All my life I have been the skinny, tall, uncoordinated, gangly guy. No matter what I did I couldn’t put on muscle. Within a few months of starting I lost 14 lbs, which was shocking to me. In the last couple I have put back on 12 lbs of muscle. People are finally starting to not relate to me as “the skinny guy.”
What sort of changes have you seen in your life? Given my athletic background, I always thought that I was in good shape. CrossFit showed me how wrong I was. I used to run 40 miles a week for ultras, and with CrossFit I was able to cut my mileage in half and continue to get faster. I have learned how to eat healthier which has made huge improvements. I sleep better, stay more level throughout the day, and I have more energy in all the other activities I like to take part in.
Favorite BHCF moments: I don’t have a particular moment. The thing that comes to mind that I see on a regular basis, however, is the camaraderie in the gym. Many times I have seen new and old members get beat up by a workout. They look like they want curl up in a ball and give up. However, there is always someone that will come over to give encouraging words or even start the workout again so they are not left alone to finish on their own. These are the moments I remember the most.
Advice for people getting started? 1. Pace yourself. You will be extremely sore the first few days but it gets better. 2. Your excuse of not being in good enough shape to start is BS. All workouts can be scaled. Being a beginner, you can compete with the strongest person in the gym. 3. Coach Kane isn’t as scary as he seems. He may seem tough but, he isn’t. Just try to make him smile you will see. But don’t change his music that really pisses him off, no joke.
Hobbies, interests outside of CrossFit? Running, snowboarding, climbing, motorcycles, and traveling.