I vision life as an opportunity. Choice is the greatest gift life has given us. Every day I have concisely made the decision to take the path that will best benefit life as I view it. It was with this vision I joined the Navy right out of high school. Prior to joining the Navy, all choice I had made only had impacted me, the individual. My first taste of carrying myself for others came during my first day of INDOC. I was one of 80 men across the United States who had been selected to a submarine unit out of Groton, CT. It was this moment when I discovered that my life’s choices impact those around me. The choices I would make throughout the next four years constituted survival at a depth of hundreds of feet below the surface.
Upon discharge from the Navy I enrolled in the University of Connecticut. Having acumen for fitness, I took to the study of Kinesiology. Through work-study I was tasked with developing a in-season program for the girls lacrosse. Additionally, I had the opportunity to intern with Parisi Speed School out of Bristol Ct. In the spring of 2010, I was approached by an athlete who was an avid CrossFitter. He drew the comparison to my programming and the workouts typically seen in a CrossFit environment. This was the very first exposure I had to CrossFit.
Oddly enough, the idea of joining a CrossFit gym first crossed my mind while I was training with my best friend at a local globo gym near the University of Connecticut. We would both challenge each other and often times be approached by members of the staff whom which would claim that we were being too intimidating and needed to stop olympic lifting because we were scaring others! We both contemplated buying a bar and weights to train in my basement, since olympic lifting was the foundation to our programming. After scratching that idea due to limited space, we decided to check out the local box, CrossFit Storrs. Now being full time college students, and holding full time jobs bouncing at a local bar- the price of admission was in our own right..intimidating. The owner of the gym understood and offered us both a one week pass to try it out to see if we could justify the expense. To this day, it was the best decision I have ever made.
I have been CrossFitting since the Fall of 2010. I obtained my CF-L1 and CrossFit Strongman certifications in the spring of 2013 and plan to pursue many more certification in the near future. However, it is my ability to teach and convey concepts that allows me the privilege to coach.
Certifications: Bachelors of Sciences in Kinesiology: Exercise Science, CrossFit-Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Strongman, USAW L1