I’ve been involved in athletics all my life, but my story with CrossFit starts in the Fall of 2013. As a college student, I was falling into many of the typical routines that accompany that occupation. My diet was as bad as it could be. I was eating anything and everything, drinking too much, and had no regard for my health or longevity. I knew I had to make a change, and thanks to my Dad, who started CrossFit in 2009, I saw CrossFit as the way to get that change. After a month or two of attempting WODs on my own in the campus rec center, I realized I needed the community and coaching that comes from a gym. I walked into Windy City CrossFit in February 2014, signed up for the Open, and never looked back.
I was fortunate to have a chance to get my CF-L1 in March of that year, and I jumped at the opportunity. In the time since, I've continued to pursue training, seminars, and education in what has become a real passion of mine. Before finally finding a home at Goose Island, I had been a member at CrossFit Chicago, and a member and a coach at CrossFit Lake Effect in Michigan. In June of 2016, I graduated from DePaul University Summa Cum Laude, with a degree in political science but with no strong desire to enter the field of politics, at least immediately. Strength and conditioning, athletic performance, and the application through CrossFit are where my heart lies. I am grateful to have an opportunity to apply those passions here at Goose Island.
When I first read the material for the CF Level 1, what had the most impact was Coach Glassman’s assertion that the training needs of our grandparents and of olympic athletes vary not in kind, but by degree. It was that statement that formed the foundation for my own coaching philosophy. I agree that each and every one of us can and should explore the limits of our physical potential. Everyone has the capacity to be an athlete, and to train like one. Personal goals may change the scale and scope of training, but the basics are universal. Everyone should learn the primal movements (push, pull, hinge, squat, lunge, step) practice running and jumping, and develop coordination, balance, and accuracy. I believe in CrossFit, as GPP core strength and conditioning program. In my time as an athlete, coach and member of the community I've seen it benefits first hand. My mission as a coach is to use CrossFit to make athletes who are competent, capable, and confident. To develop a community that understands there is tremendous beauty in exploring athletic potential. And to give people the tools they need to transfer athleticism into life.
I believe there is only one place from which to lead, and its from the front. My commitment to you as members, means I will continue to pursue education in the field, continue to push myself in my training, I wont ask you to do anything I don’t believe has a solid why and how behind it, and that I am always at your disposal for questions, concerns, advice, and assistance.
Certifications: CF-L1, CrossFit Football, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Judges Course, and CrossFit Scaling Course.