As an athlete my entire life, I have had very few quality experiences with strength and conditioning. My coaches did the best they could but thinking back on my experience as a traditional sport athlete, my training was lacking.
I began doing CrossFit workouts on my own in 2012 (well after my playing days were done) in a small gym with limited equipment. I had to modify most, if not all, of the workouts because of limited equipment and more often than not, my disappearing fitness. For a gift, my wife gave me a membership to CrossFit Boro, in Statesboro, GA and I began training with like-minded people. It was awesome!
After realizing how great the CrossFit experience is – from the hard workouts, to the amazing CrossFit community, to the exposure to types of training and movements that I had never done – I earned my CrossFit Level 1 in October of 2013. Before coaching CrossFit, I was in traditional sport areas, coaching high school football and baseball. After transitioning to the strength and conditioning arena, I became obsessed with movement and skills.
My initial goal as a CrossFit coach and athlete was to coach only to performance. I chased, and wanted my athletes to chase, high scores – personal records, going faster, and lifting heavier. Once my daughter and son were born, my primary goal as a coach shifted. I now care less about how heavy or fast athletes can go (although it is still great to watch athletes PR), and more about training longevity.
Can I lift weights, climb ropes, get on the ground and back up when I am 90? Can I play with my kids, and hopefully grand-kids and great grand-kids? Can I bring my groceries to my car when I am older? Can I squat down by a fire in my elder years? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” I have achieved my goal as an athlete. And my goal as a coach is for my athletes to keep these skills as well.
Performance is great! I like when athletes increase performance. But I LOVE coaching movement so that athletes can function after they are finished competing.
Move like you care and ALWAYS be a WHITEBELT!
- Doctorate of Education – Education/Sport Leadership
- USAW Sport Coach
- MobilityWOD 101
Fitness and health is a huge part of who I am. I am a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Community Health and Wellness Management.
I started my health journey working in college as a Group Fitness Instructor at Rush Fitness, now Gold’s Gym. I was leading 3 classes a day of teaching Pilates, Yoga, Spin, Boot Camp and the Group X programs, “Power” and “Centergy.” The best part about being a Group Fitness Instructor was creating relationships with so many diverse people.
Then I was introduced to CrossFit by some friends.
My first CrossFit WOD was “Kelly” and it was the workout I will never forget! CrossFit became a passion of mine because it always pushed me to find my strengths AND weaknesses. After falling in love with the results CrossFit brought me that I quit teaching group fitness and pursued my CrossFit Level 1 Certification and USAW Level 1 Certification. Three years as a coach and I still love CrossFit and the community that Whitebelt CrossFit has created.
I plan to continue adding to my certifications to become a better coach for our box. Along with my future degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant, my goal is to help athletes move better, and as a result, live healthier lives.
- Precision Nutrition Certified
- FitFour Group Fitness Certified
I am a competitive CrossFit athlete. In 2019 I graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I currently work as a mental health therapist for Centerstone in Cleveland, Tennessee. I provide performance consulting for athletes at Whitebelt through personal mental skills coaching.
I have been doing CrossFit since December of 2015. I joke that I had no athletic background before starting CrossFit and now I have found a passion in training hard and pushing limits. I focus my energy and efforts on becoming the best version of myself, and have a deep desire to help others do the same.
I love the physical and mental grind that I experience in CrossFit. Forging elite fitness has much more to do with the mind than we give credit. If you are interested in developing mental toughness, click on the “Services” tab at the top of this page and schedule a free initial consultation for personal mental skills coaching with me.
- M.S. Mental Health Counseling