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“I love my kiddo, Troy. Being a mom is the best thing in the world and CrossFit takes second place. My favorite thing about CrossFit is the community of amazing people it has formed. My life feels fulfilled when making new friends and doing all I can to help them achieve their goals inside and outside the gym. Hard to choose a favorite WOD but I really love to do muscle ups even if they aren’t my strength. I love living the paleo plus peanut butter lifestyle but I cut loose on paleo margaritas and pizza occasionally. ”
“Even the tallest tree was once a tiny seed.”
USAW sports and performance
“I have been involved with physical training since graduating high school. I started by just wanting to get in shape and be healthy. This quickly turned into “let me see how strong I can get” which later turned into “how fast can I get” and then it led me to try new sports and tasks. I wanted to be able to dominate whatever life threw at me.
All of my former occupations were physical. As I went through the fire academy it was my goal to have the fastest times whenever a physical challenge came about. Shortly after graduating I went back to work for the Volusia County Beach Patrol where I began to compete in the local lifeguard competitions. After a while I again wanted to try something new so I joined the military in hopes of serving my country and learning some new life experiences. Many of our workouts were functional based tasks that we could directly relate to what we would be doing in the field. I kept hearing about Crossfit style workouts from several of my buddies. When I was discharged in the spring of 2011 I came back home and continued in my regular workout routines and beach training but I was bored and wanted to look into Crossfit more.
That is when a teammate introduced me to Melissa Kiel who was looking for people to compete with her on a Crossfit team. So I decided I’d give it a shot and I showed up at her “garage gym” a week later to try my first official Crossfit workout. I’ll never forget the day because I felt like I was in the best shape of my life and the workout a simple set of 21-15-9 dead lifts and box jumps left me lying flat on my back when I was done. I was hooked though! As soon as I left her garage I sent her a message asking “when can I come back?” I could barely walk for the next week because I was so sore. I found myself coming back for more everyday that I could. I couldn’t get enough of it.
I decided after a few weeks of being there that I wanted more than to just train but I wanted to help others. So after only a few weeks I signed up and attended an L1 seminar and began helping out and training other people with Melissa. Since then I have gone on to further my knowledge of Crossfit and functional movement training. I have learned a lot from training courses, certifications, and studying nutrition. I hope to continue to learn more everyday and to continue to help each and every individual I meet, not only to be the best athlete than can but also the healthiest.
PS. I love peanut butter and my dog Neptune. ”
” I was officially introduced to CrossFit in November 2009. I don’t recall specifically what the WOD was, but I remember thinking “Now THIS is how you should work out.”
After ballooning to a very unhealthy weight, I had taken up fitness and triathlons but had noticed a plateau in my performances. This has not been the case with CrossFit. The more I did it, the more I was enthralled. This led me to earn my L1 trainer’s certification in February 2011.
The phrases that remain foremost in my mind when discussing CrossFit are “constantly varied” and “universally scalable”. Constantly varied tells you that the workouts will change. They never get boring and there is always another skill to master. Universally scalable means ANYONE can do it. In the beginning if there are workouts you can’t do as prescribed (and there will be), the modifications are tailored to help you but still challenge you.
On a personal note, I have been married to my beautiful wife since 1998 and we have been blessed with two sons. My wife, Christine, and I CrossFit together frequently and our boys, Ryan and Adam, love to get involved as well. I have worked as a teacher since 1994 – first at the high school level and now with grades 1-8.
CrossFit is a big part of my life – from daily WODS to nutrition. There is not an aspect of my life that has not been positively affected by CrossFit. I enthusiastically encourage you to give it a try.”
“I have had a passion for fitness ever since hitting 30 years of age when things started to change both physically & mentally for me. I found Crossfit several years later which was a real eye opener & found out how important it is to have a coach which was the missing part of my fitness. It was that turn around in me which made me want to pursue coaching as well. Outside of the gym I am a very laid back, easy going person who loves to spend time with his girlfriend & dog. I also enjoy almost any outdoor activity, there is just something about being out in the fresh air… ”
2014 SE regionals competitor