Community Of Strength
I grew up in a small town with my four brothers where we were always doing things outdoors and playing sports together. We where our own Hockey team. We where are all super close. I have been living here now in Long Beach for the past 3 and a half years with my two children, away from any of my brothers or family due to different circumstances that occurred in my life. I was always super depressed and went to a 24 hour gym religously to release my depression and anger. I would spend countless hours there and not get to where I wanted to be.
CrossFit Journey: I first heard about CrossFit in December of 2008 when a friend of mine was opening gym just down the street from my house in San Clemente, for about a month he tried and tried to get me to go workout with him. On January 3rd, 2009 I experienced my first “WOD” and was immediately hooked on the intensity, adrenaline and fulfillment of complete such a task. After that first WOD, I spent every second I could with my friend in his gym, soaking up every bit of experience and information as I possibly could.
From computer body to elite athlete. The transformation has come in waves over the past three years. When I first came to the gym in 2009 for my fitness assessment I was out of shape to say the least, The funny thing about it is I didn’t really know I was unhealthy. After all I surfed almost every day, I didn’t eat red meat, I didn’t drink, and only eat sweets after dinner. So you could Imagine my surprise when my BodyFat% came up as 22% and my BodyAge was 37 “I was 24 at the time.” But the real shock came when I had my first session with my trainer “Drew Wilson.” Lets just say whatever I eat before I came in never got the chance to get all the way through my body… This lasted 3 days a week for about a month... Read More
In 2005 I was in a car accident, which left me with 2 shattered ankles. I was told I was extremely lucky to be alive considering the severity of the accident. While in the hospital the Dr told me that I would never be able to run, jump or play impact sports. When the Doctor informed me the extent of my injuries I was literally speechless. Giving the fact that I was always an active person, I was lost for words.
Around my 30th birthday I weighted 198 pounds (the heaviest I've ever been) and I found myself to be "in shapes" more then "in shape." It was around that time I decided to take control of my health. I've always been an active/competitive person and have done everything from high school football, tennis, softball, boxing, kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu, and now CrossFit. Because of my competitive nature, I believe CrossFit had its calling on me. Its a sport that allows me to compete against others and most importantly, it allows me to compete against myself. Each WOD is a self challenge and allows me to improve who I am as a CrossFitter.