I love to stay moving. Growing up I participated in High School Basketball, Soccer, Football, and Track & Field. I also have an athletic background in Mixed Martial Arts (Zanshindo), Parkour/Free Running, Break-dance, and Tumbling. When I’m not coaching at Haymaker, or working at my full-time job, I also coach gymnastic classes at Lake City Gymnastics. My focus there is ninja-core classes. They’re a lot of fun! The most rewarding thing about coaching is meeting new people and getting to hang out with friends who have common goals. “You never do know what’s around the bend, a big adventure or a brand new friend.” – Curious George.
My wife, Odmaa, and I were both born and raised in Mongolia. We met and got married in 2013, and have a son, Erkhes. As a family, we enjoy walking the trails, kayaking, eating ice cream, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Erkhes is a lot like me. He loves to move, and he’ll often do workouts with me. He really helps me to stay motivated toward my own physical goals. For some reason, he thinks I’m pretty cool and he tries to do everything that I do. In a way, I am encouraged and flattered by his desire to be like me.
Even coaches have weaknesses and areas of struggle. I live less than a mile from both Wendy’s and Arby’s and I have a weakness for Wendy’s Baconator meal and Arby’s Jamocha Shake. I also struggle at the gym with Ring Muscle Ups, Deficit Handstand Push-Ups, and Double Unders.
One of my favorite movies is, “We Bought a Zoo.” In the movie, Matt Damon, tells the story of how he met his wife. He was terrified to approach her as she was sitting at a coffee shop. He then gives himself “20 seconds of courage” to go and talk to her. That 20 seconds changed his life. I have used this in my life! I was actually nervous myself about joining a CrossFit gym. I gave myself 20 seconds of courage and it’s been SO rewarding. I want to encourage you to have 20 seconds of courage and come try CrossFit. If anything, we have Sour Grape Fit Aid drinks in the fridge, it’s pretty good! I truly believe that CrossFit is for everyone. Regardless of current fitness level. I understand that it is a huge undertaking to push yourself to grow and it can be frightening to walk into a gym, let alone work out, but I assure you, you are stronger than you think.