I was tired of being fat and flabby and was looking to find a way to become strong and healthy. I used to resort to running and weights occasionally, but nothing consistent. Being healthy is my primary goal. CrossFit's focus on functional movements, high-intensity intervals, variety, and the camaraderie that is created within the class/gym is awesome. The fact that anyone of any age or physical ability has the opportunity to do these crazy workouts side by side with super athletes is a huge part of why I keep coming back. It's amazingly motivating to know where I started, the progress I've made, and where I know I can be.
Are you married, single, in a relationship? Do you have any children (“furry” children included)?
I've been happily married for almost 14 years and every day I am blown away just how blessed I am to have such an amazing woman in my life. We have 4 incredible children - Harrison (10), Annabelle (7), Sofia (5), Aria (3). Everything I do, I do it for them and I hope that the example I set inspires them on their own journeys. Because four children didn't keep us busy enough, we added a Goldendoodle (Lily) to our family last Christmas and she's just over 1 year old.
What is your favorite activity to do outside the gym?
I love to be outside, it's the primary reason we moved from Chicago to Denver (300+ days of sun). From simple things like taking a walk and playing catch in the front yard to more adventurous things like snowboarding or mountain biking, if there's an opportunity to be outside as a family, we're on it.
How do you make time for CrossFit in your weekly schedule? What’s helped you stay committed?
Early morning classes - By getting up to go to a 6:30 am class, I don't miss much of anything else that's happening with my family. The early class, plus the support of my wife who gets up with me and makes me coffee, breakfast, and lunch before I walk out the door.
How has 5280 made your life better?
It's helped me regain my confidence. When I first saw a typical CrossFit workout, I would think there is no freakin' way. However, the coaches at 5280 have an amazing way of scaling the impossible into a realistic but still challenging task for anyone in the class. This has helped me make strides forward in the gym I never thought were possible. That has turned into even more confidence taking on tasks that I used to think were beyond me. Now I approach them with the mentality that I can scale it and still accomplish my goal while I continue to grow over time.
What is one CrossFit goal you are currently working on?
I'm aiming to decrease my overall body fat percentage. I have a target of low teens. In addition, I've got specific CrossFit move goals: I'm aiming to complete 20 consecutive double unders, 10 consecutive toes to bar, and 10 strict pull-ups.
Share one CrossFit story… (funny, cool, inspiring, etc)
At the end of the last summer, I was at a point where something had to change. I was feeling quite overwhelmed and somewhat lost - nothing was really "bad", but I knew things could be a lot better. The thing is, knowing that it could be better and doing something about it are two very different things. Taking the step forward to say "I will take time for myself to put my health as a top priority" felt selfish at first, but in all reality, it helps me be my best self for all those around me who I love and care about. It's scary at first, but I wouldn't change a thing now (kinda of like doing CrossFit - looking at the WOD the night before and then the feeling after it's done the next day) - it's amazing and has been such a positive change in my life. I'm excited about what the future has in store as I stick with it.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting CrossFit?
1) Find someone outside the gym who can support you on daily basis. Someone who can hold you accountable for eating right and making decisions that support your healthy lifestyle (not corrupt it).
2) Not to steal from Nike, but just do it. The workouts seem overwhelming at first, but through small steps, it's amazing what you can accomplish. But you have to show up and stay with - you'll feel so much better after you've done it.
Tell us something most 5280 CrossFit members don’t know about you.
I love to cook. I make my family watch silly cooking shows on the Food Network and I'm inspired to try different things in the kitchen. Cooking an amazing meal or baked treat to share is something that warms my heart and is inspired by what I learned from my grandmother, mother, and father growing up. I don't get to cook very often, but when I do it comes from my heart.