Why he’s a coach
Why did you become a coach?
I became a coach because I wanted to offer to others what I received when I walked into a CrossFit box for the first time: a support system to make substantial and long term lifestyle changes. I had some amazing coaches when I started CrossFit and everyday I strive to embody their attitudes and methods. Ultimately, I wanted to help create an environment that empowered people to take charge of their health and enjoy the process.
What made you choose crossfit?
I distinctly remember stumbling upon an old adidas commercial with Chris Spealler and Heather Bergeron doing handstand walks, burpee pull-ups, overhead squats, and muscle ups and just thinking “I’ve got to try this!” What kept me coming back was the challenge to learn something new or to improve on something each day and the community that I became a part of.
Funniest crossfit story?
My funniest CrossFit story is definitely wearing a tiger leotard for the HalloWOD this past year! I can’t wait to see what I wear this year!
Favorite moment as a coach?
Watching the change in posture that happens about a month or two into someone starting CrossFit. They start to walk around with confidence; their shoulders are back, their chin is up. That new found swagger is by far my favorite moment to notice as a coach.
What was your background and interests before coaching and crossfit?
As the son of a high school basketball coach I was constantly surrounded by the sport and played organized basketball up until my sophomore year of high school. I also played the trumpet for eight years before moving to Gainesville, and actually went to a magnet high school for band. Throughout middle school and high school the band room was my home away from home prior to finding CrossFit.
Share a coaching lesson that you think all of your athletes will benefit from:
There are two actually that I believe all can benefit from. First, just show up. I know it sounds obvious but that’s not a lesson for the easy days, it’s one for the days when the last thing you want to do is workout. If you just show up then I promise you’ll be proud of your hard work by the end of class and, even more so, of your resilience to push yourself to get active even on a tough day. Second, don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t see failure as finite; see it as an opportunity to grow and learn. No one likes failure but if you can see it from a position of learning then it will never be the final destination instead it will merely be a stepping stone on the path towards your goals. This is not an easy lesson, one that I am constantly working on, but if you can start to see failure as an opportunity for growth in the gym then hopefully you’ll be able to do the same outside of the gym.