I have been involved in athletics since birth. I have experience playing football, basketball, soccer, and track & field. I played football for four years in college at Rose-Hulman. After graduating from Rose-Hulman in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, I moved back to Warsaw and currently work for Medtronic. I am a manufacturing engineer by profession. So it’s natural for me to nerd out and do in-depth research about everything and put everything I do into Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. I also love movies, a good burger, craft beer, and the Chicago Bears.
I kicked off my CrossFit career with the Filthy Fifty in 2009. I did CrossFit for about 6 months, but when I moved back to Warsaw there were no boxes close enough. I stayed fit by working out and running Tough Mudders, but still, no CrossFit. In Spring of 2013, I re-discovered CrossFit and began doing it in the local Anytime Fitness. Anytime hates CrossFit. I did CrossFit for a year on my own before CrossFit Haymaker came into the works.
Outside of the gym, my wife Tara and I love to do anything outside like camping, playing yard games, walking the dogs, or getting out on the lake with our friends. We have two little ginger kids, Nova & Nash. We also have two dogs, Hank & Zeke, who love coming to the gym and chasing the trigger point balls around.
Fitness is my passion. Through the CrossFit community, I am able to share my passion for fitness, help other athletes reach their fitness goals, and to continue learning about fitness. CrossFit also provides the competitive environment that I have missed since playing sports in college. Every athlete has weak areas. My biggest weakness is handstand push-ups. I traditionally struggle with overhead movements mostly due to limited overhead mobility.
I love seeing athletes commit to the process of getting better. I get so excited when I have an athlete ask for advice and commit to incorporating those changes into their life or training routine. Success or failure, I really love to see people give their best efforts to make changes. Everybody can do CrossFit. The coaches are there to make sure that the workouts are manageable for all skill levels, but still challenging. If you’re serious about making a lifestyle change, try CrossFit for a month or two, regardless of what fitness level you’re at. The coaches and the community make it fun and easier to attain your goals.
The best part about having goals is the journey. Whether I reach my goals or not, I always have something to share. Our CrossFit community is a place where we can all share our physical, mental, and spiritual journeys.