CrossFit Level One Coach
CrossFit Kennett Square Programming Coordinator
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m a marketer by day and Husband/Father/CrossFit Coach/Barbell Brawl Director/Programming Coordinator by night. I grew up outside of Allentown, PA, went to Penn State, lived in Boston for a brief stint, and have since settle in Kennett Square.
When did you start CrossFitting?
What got you into coaching?
When I started out CrossFitting I found that I ran into a lot of injuries – a lot of which I began to attribute to my poor movement patterns and mobility restrictions. In slowly rehabbing them, modifying my workouts (and checking my ego), and building up a solid foundation, I realized that I wanted to help others over come the same types of challenges and see that this process is truly a marathon and not a sprint.
Since I started, I’ve really taken an interest in program design and the nuts and bolts of what makes the workouts effective and impactful day to day, week to week, and month to month.
Coaching Certifications / Experience:
CrossFit Level One, CrossFit Mobility, Ben Bergeron’s Business of Excellence Immersion Seminar, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Certified Trainer; more exciting stuff in the works…
What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting?
I can easily say I’m in the best shape of my life (even better than when I played lacrosse in high school – I absolutely hated lifting back then…so I skipped it); I can do things I never thought I’d be able to do. But most importantly, I believe I’m setting myself up to stave off a lot of possible health and wellness issues down the line.
What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit:
Most members think I sit around thinking about ways to inflict pain and suffering through the daily programming. While that’s not too far off base, I love going to concerts, watching sports (Phils, Birds, Sixers, Tottenham, Penn State…), cooking/eating, finding great coffee/beer/cocktails, spending time with friends and family, and most importantly taking on life’s adventures with my wife and daughter!
Favorite Cheat Meal?
Mac and Cheese or Hot Fudge Sundaes (but there’s no such thing as cheat meals if you track your macros properly)
Favorite song to workout to?
Checkout the Sunday Jamz playlist on Spotify at the gym…that’ll give you a pretty good idea.
CrossFit goals for the year?
I’d like to keep progressing with the mindset training that I’ve been focusing on (“The greatest adaptation to CrossFit takes places between the ears.” – Greg Glassman); also, more than 1 Bar Muscle Up would be nice.
Advice for people just getting started?
I think I’ve sprinkle advice throughout the other parts of this write-up (ego, mindset, movement patter rehab), but to summarize them, I’d say this: Be Happy (positive attitude will take you a long way in CrossFit and permeate to your life outside of the gym walls, plus it’s a better state of mind to be in than not), Be Humble (have desire to learn; listen to your coaches, they have your best interest in mind and know how to get you to progress safely), and Be Hungry (get after it; set goals for your self and follow through…have that desire to follow through).
Fun fact about you?
In college, I participated in Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON) as a “dancer” – this entailed standing on my feet for 46 consecutive hours without sitting or sleeping in order to raise money/awareness for pediatric cancer. Truly a life-changing experience in more ways that one.
Favorite benchmark workout?
Annie (50-40-30-20-10 Sit Ups/Dubs) or Karen (150 Wall Balls for time)
Ha…has anybody read this far?