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 to 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 other like-minded awesome people.
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 I 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 grandkids and great grandkids? 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 as well as a current graduate student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I am earning my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
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.
- Certification: CF-L1