Certifications: CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, CrossFit Running & Endurance, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit Nutritional Certification, CrossFit Gymnastics, Movement and Mobility, and Dutch Lowry CrossFit WOD Programming
Jeff's coaching and instructor experience extends far beyond that of the CrossFit methodology serving 14 years in Special Operations for the U.S. Army. Then employed as the lead firearms and defensive tactics instructor, training protective agents for the Department of State as well as other government agencies, Jeff trained these agents in the techniques and tactics required to serve in some of the most hostile regions in the world.
In addition, Jeff graduated from the University of Washington's School of Medicine PA program one of the most prestigious PA programs in the country. This experience has correlated well with the CrossFit methodology through a solid understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, injury prevention, and recovery in regards to training and maximizing an athletes potential.
I'm 48 years old and have been doing CrossFit now exclusively since 2004. I was first introduced to CrossFit when we had a few visitors come to our jiu jitsu studio to check it out. I wasn't impressed with their technique but was beyond impressed with their ability to make up for the lack of technique through their strength and conditioning. When I inquired about what they do to achieve that level of fitness one replied "We CrossFit." My only reply was "What's that, I want some, and how do I get it?" From there I was introduced to Michael Street from CrossFit Eastside, http://www.crossfiteastside.com. I trained out of his garage and began my own journey to elite fitness, which continues to this day. In a short amount of time I began to reap the benefits of this program. I began to achieve a level of fitness I had never attained before despite training in gyms such as 24 hour fitness daily and literally for hours. As I grew in my training and understanding of CrossFit I knew that I would adopt this program as a lifestyle rather than a hobby.
As with most of us evolving into our middle aged years and beyond I was beginning to be plagued with acute and chronic injuries, as well as weight gain. As frustrating as this was I thought this was just the circle of life and I would just have to accept the fact that I was just getting older. I now enjoy training pain and injury free and went from 28% body fat to below 10%. Not that I don't still get injured on occasion because of the active lifestyle I lead but it doesn't happen in the gym. In fact, the CF program is so vast and varied that when I am injured I am back in the gym within days continuing my training. I am always able to work around any injuries I have suffered from outside activities.
Lastly, I have been a dedicated brazilian jiu jitsu guy since 1997. I love to compete in this arena win or lose. Before incorporating CrossFit as my strength and conditioning program I was just your "run of the mill" jits enthusiast, win some matches, lose some matches, maybe medal but probably not. I have competed in the Pan Ams as well as traveled to Brazil to compete in the World Championships both in 2007 and 2008 with all of my wins by submission in my weight division. The CrossFit program has given me an unrelenting ability to push throughout every match. Watching my opponents fatigue while I only got stronger, allowing me to push harder with each passing minute neutralizing my opponents technique while I was able to apply my own submission holds.