Certifications: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Olympic Weightlifting, USMC High Intensity Tactical Trainer

I was never very athletic growing up. I only got into fitness as a means to become and stay a Marine. Everything I did the first half of my career was all guts and no technique or form. I had no formal training; everything was done through trial and error. That worked well for a long time but I started to see my fitness fail and discovered that I was not as fast or strong as I was going off just pure willpower alone. I was growing frustrated and wasn’t sure if I should stay in the Marine Corps or just get out.

I discovered CrossFit in 2008 in Iraq but I was hesitant to try it and I couldn’t find anyone who was a legitimate instructor. I certainly wasn’t going to try Olympic lifting since I read that you can hurt yourself easily if you don’t know what you are doing. Fast-forward another couple of years and while on a deployment to Afghanistan I started CrossFit with a friend who is Level 1 certified. The only thing I remember is that approximately 45 minutes later I was lying on the floor and I was hooked from that very moment. CrossFit was going to become part of my life.

CrossFit to me is more than just a core strength and conditioning program. I found salvation for my fitness and I enjoy the camaraderie that comes every time I go in for a WOD. People (athletes) from all walks of life come together to conquer a WOD for their own reasons and they’re all accepted at OCF. It’s this community that I love best about CrossFit, and I find that Oceanside CrossFit has a fantastic community that I thoroughly enjoy being a part of. Since I moved to California and started coming to OCF, some of the things I have enjoyed the most are the coaching and friendships I have developed.