First, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are your interests outside of CrossFit?
Outside of CrossFit I’m into playing the drums, I have a couple metal bands that I play shows with several times a year.
I’ve played all over the East Coast and Midwest. Overseas I’ve played in England, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy… I might be forgetting some haha
How and why did you get involved in CrossFit?
I had been lifting and running a bit on my own and thought I would give CrossFit a try. I was looking for coaching because I felt like I was hurting myself. I also wanted the motivation of working out with a group, I wanted my tribe.
What was the first workout that you completed?
I love this story because this was the first time I met Susan Brown. I came to a community workout that was free and open to the public. The coach paired me up with Susan and she proceeded to kick my butt. I remember laying down on the floor, barely able to breathe, sweat stinging my eyes, and Susan just crushing kettlebell swings and cursing like a sailor haha
I was hooked.
What are your current and future training goals?
Right now I would like to improve my Olympic lifts. I need more speed under the bar and I need the confidence to catch it low.
I have been studying slow motion videos for years now and hopefully it is starting to sink in. 2020 is my year!
What is your favorite activity or lift, e.g., pull-ups, dead-lifts, running, front squats, snatches, burpees, etc.?
My favorite would have to be the front squat. It tests mobility and strength and it just feels good to max out that lift or do high volume lower weight. I always feel great after doing those.
What is your least favorite activity or lift?
My least favorite would have to be the snatch. It is so technical but at the same time it’s just kind of scary to put weight over my head that way. I definitely want to build confidence and skill with that lift this year.
What PR are you most proud of achieving and why?
I think that would have to be the 100k row. It was mentally tough and I got to bond with my son as he helped me through it. It was awesome to see my name up on the Concept 2 website as one of a handful of people who completed that distance worldwide in 2019.
Plus we raised money for a great cause.
That was a great experience for me and it opened the door to other longer endurance tests, like marathons and ultra marathons.
What do you enjoy more, strength or conditioning and why?
Lately it has been conditioning. I love being able to crush my old scores in metcons and benchmark wods. I love how that conditioning translates outside the box into running events.
My favorite food lately would have to be Cinnaholic. Although I can’t have it often, because I literally become addicted to it and crave it for like three days straight. Still… worth it haha
What are 3 fun facts about yourself?
- I am a single dad. I have been raising my son full time since he was 3. He is my best friend and makes me proud every day.
- I have been vegan since 2013. I love seeing how this lifestyle is catching on and movies like The Game Changers are turning people on to it. I love sharing tips!
- I love to travel. Outside of my musical adventures I have traveled all over seeking new experiences. My favorite trip would have to be spending 2 weeks in Egypt. I got to ride a camel to the pyramids and then go inside. It was magical. The experience of a lifetime!