1. How long have you done CrossFit and why?
After getting married, we LOVED hamburger helper. We were shocked to find out that’s not really that good for you or your waistline. So we (Rachel and I) started running. After running the (then named) White Rock Half Marathon, I had lost all the weight I wanted and needed something more. I was an athlete in high school and used to being strong and I wanted to get that back. I have a friend (who now owns 2 boxes in OKC) talk me into doing CF back in 2007. I started out doing the mainsite WODs in the LA Fitness by our house in McKinney. Then in 2010 I found a Groupon to a box that was on my way to work, and I’ve not stepped foot in a regular gym since.
They why, for me, is simple. I have life goals (to be discussed later), and those goals require me to be healthy. CrossFit is by far the most efficient way to get, and stay, in shape. I want to be 65 and still able to keep up w/ my kids (and maybe grandkids by that point).
2. What’s your favorite thing about coaching?
Since I started coaching, my mantra has been the same thing: Help people become the best possible physical versions of themselves. Far too often we get in our heads w/ “There’s no way I can….” or “I can’t do this…” when we’re looking at WODs, weights or physical challenges in general. My absolute favorite part of coaching is watching PRs happen. Not the ones where they know they can do it, but the ones where their self-doubt is sitting on their chest like a kettlebell. Then they step up, hit that lift, and their eyes get as wide baseballs, jaw hits the floor and you can hear them scream “[email protected] YEAH! I DID THAT!” In their head (if not out loud). As your coach, I knew you could. Watching you get that self-realization means what we’re doing is working.
3. Tell me about how being an OG coach has helped the community.
I don’t know if this is something that qualifies as “OG” or not, but you have to start w/ the basics. Why do we squat? Well, do you want to be able to stand up out of your chair w/o holding onto something? Why do we dead lift? Do you want to be able to pull up your socks or pick up your kids later on in life? Seems to me like those are reasons alone to start w/ the basics. The vast majority of people who are new to CF see all the “cool, fun” stuff that takes place (Butterfly pull ups, muscle ups, pistols, etc) and think to themselves “I want to do that” and make that their goal. Don’t make that your goal. Make doing those EASILY your goal. You can’t do kipping or butterfly pull ups w/o having proper shoulder and core strength. You aren’t going to get muscle ups w/o being able to do chest to bar. I stick to the basics, help you to master those, and then build your skill set off that.
4. Tell us something about you that people don’t know.
I love the mountains and will retire there. Before I die, I want to climb every 14er in Colorado (mountain that has a peak of 14,000ft or higher). There are 58. I’ve done 2. I have some work to do. And I want to climb Mt. Whitney in California, which is the tallest mountain in the lower 48. Being high enough to start to see the curvature of the Earth is a feeling like none other.