- University of South Carolina, BS Electrical Engineering 2013
After leaving the U.S. Air Force in 2008, I began working as a personal trainer at a big-box gym while attending college at the University of South Carolina. In 2009 a family member encouraged me to check out CrossFit; I was hooked! Less than a year later an opportunity to coach at that same box, Carolina CrossFit, presented itself and I remained a coach there for four years. In 2013, my wife and I moved to Alaska where I coached at CrossFit Alaska and further developed my professional coaching skills in adult and adolescent group settings, personal training, and competition skills training for those focused on CrossFit competitions. I have competed in various local competitions individually as well as on teams. Additionally I have competed in the 2012 CrossFit Southeast Regional and the 2014 CrossFit Northwest Regional, placing 7th and 12th in team categories.
- I love all aspects of coaching at a CrossFit gym and I believe my strongest skill as a coach is ensuring each prospective/new member feels welcome and at home in the gym.
CrossFit can be intimidating for most newcomers! CrossFit Falcon View is passionate about creating a welcoming community environment where every member feels comfortable. Feel free to approach me anytime to discuss physical fitness training, football, or good beer!
- CrossFit Level 1 || 2010
- CrossFit Level 2 || 2013
- Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) || 2018
Why did you get into CrossFit?
I was born and raised in middle Georgia, where I began training at the age of 15 with the intent of gaining strength and size. At 18, I enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 7 years. During this time I continued to train and compete in local raw powerlifting competitions, while also working on improving other measurable fitness standards. Naturally, when I found the CrossFit method of training in 2009, I felt it was a perfect fit for me.
What age/type of clients do you have experience training?
High school-aged teens, 70+ y/o clients, and every age in between. The majority of athletes that I have coached all have the same goal: feel healthier and look better naked. I have also coached CrossFit competitors, athletes who want to improve olympic lifts, athletes who want to improve power lifts, athletes who want to improve endurance and gymnastics, and a mixture of all of the above (aka CrossFit).
Has an athlete ever been injured while under your guidance?
Injuries are always possible while performing constantly varied high intensity functional movements. That said, in my 10 years of coaching I've had 1 athlete injured: sprained ankle during a warm-up doing a drill. CrossFit training is very effective at increasing fitness, and very safe when performed correctly: develop technique > add consistency > add intensity > monitor/coach technique > reduce intensity if technique falters. All of the coaches at CrossFit Falcon View will follow this principle.
What is your vision for your role at CrossFit Falcon View?
I want to develop the best staff and facility in town so that each member will look forward to coming to our gym because CFFV staff, along with the close-knit community provides each member with the best hour of their day.