My journey into health and fitness really started when I was a kid. Throughout my whole childhood I was very active and played or participated in just about every activity available. However, I had never really trained or had a purpose with my activity until my freshman year of high school when I started training to be better at sports. I played football and was a state level swimmer. I continued to train in the weight room and in the pool consistently for my 4 years of high school.
Before my junior year of High School I tore my ACL during a 7-on 7 tournament which would cause me to miss that entire season. Unfortunately, I was never really the same after that, wasn’t able to perform the way I wanted, and my senior season was a disappointment to say the least. After I was finished playing football I realized I needed to be training with a purpose again, get out of the slump my first knee surgery put me in, get good at a sport again and needed an outlet for my high energy personality. So, one day while watching the Crossfit Games on ESPN and I saw these incredibly fit individuals doing competitive exercise. I was immediately intrigued and googled Crossfit Gyms and Crossfit Surge ended up being the closest one to me. I dropped in got in one of the best workouts ever and have kept with Crossfit here for the past 5 years.
October 2015 came around and after a conversation with Brandon and Courtney, I decided to get my Crossfit Level 1 certification and shortly after that became a coach at Crossfit Surge. I closely observed Brandon and Courtney coaching to learn as much as possible, as well as reading or watching whatever I could to further my knowledge about Crossfit and how to be a better coach.
Crossfit has many aspects and that is what makes it so amazing and fun but one part of it that particularly interested me was the Olympic Weightlifting. So, I spent most of the extra time I had training on getting under a barbell and getting as good at the lifts as I could. Reading literature and watching all the Hookgrip YouTube videos I could I tried to teach myself as much about the lifts as possible. Brandon and Courtney took notice of this and strongly encouraged me to start a Barbell Class at Surge.
Now, Crossfit and Weightlifting are my passion and I could not be happier. Since my first knee surgery I have had two more to revise the original however with Crossfit the recovery from those two was much easier and happier. I am no stronger than ever physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I wish to continue my growth as a coach and an athlete. There is no better place to do it than at Crossfit Surge with Brandon and Courtney helping to guide me and all the support of our members.