1- What got you interested in fitness and at what age?
It is hard for me to pinpoint a specific point or age; for me fitness was always an important aspect of my life. From athletics, to military service, and back to college athletics and then entering the healthcare field fitness has always been a way of life for me. A necessity, and the importance of it was always paramount.
2- How do you describe your journey to becoming a Certificated Trainer in a few sentences?
My journey really began while in graduate school, as an athlete of a CrossFit Affiliate I fell in love with the sport and the ability it had to help people, as a student studying a healthcare profession I saw the potential it had to change people’s live and felt a calling to become more involved. I then when on to become a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, then continued to try to advance my training anyway I could. Getting a CrossFit Movement and Mobility cert, a CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer Cert, and becoming A Spartan Race Spartan SGX Coach.
3- Where are you making the biggest impact in people’s lives?
The biggest impact I must say that I am making is not in me or anything I do but in allowing them to see that they can do far more than they would think or believe they can do. That hard work, dedication and tenacity they can change their lives.
4- You went from the Navy to owning a CrossFit gym, why?
When I left the Navy and when I entered Grad School I had no Idea I would be doing what I am now. It wanted to help people, is all I knew, and a CrossFit gym was a passion that grew and allowed me a channel to do just that.
5- Where do you see yourself and your business in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I see the business and myself in a bigger facility, with additional programs. Though the focus would still be CrossFit I would love to add additional options such as yoga, a barbell club, a mud run prep program etc.
6- What are you most excited about at the moment?
Currently the Gym is still in its Infancy, therefore I’m just excited about it growing and developing. Seeing the community come together in the gym.
7- Any advice for others who may want to pursue their own fitness related business?
This in itself could fill a book, I would say there was one piece of advice that was given to me that comes to mind “ It will not always be fun, It won’t be easy, but stick with it and you will love it”.