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
- Movement and Mobility 101
- BrandX Method Professional Youth Coach
I found Whitebelt CrossFit in 2019 after my wife and I moved to Chattanooga with our two
pups looking to settle down in our favorite city. We met in 2013 while serving together in
Huntsville, AL and would visit Chattanooga often, and knew we wanted to move here once we
had the choice. I am currently earning my Bachelors Degree at UTC in Psychology in hopes to
combine my passion for people with my passion for fitness. Outside of the gym I enjoy
shooting pool and outdoor recreation.
My path to finding CrossFit was a long and unique one. I joined the military in 2005 right out of
high school, and with the military comes constant focus on your fitness whether you want it or
not. After being placed on their over weight program and at risk of being discharged for my
lack of fitness, I had to make some changes. My leaders helped me make this change by using
the military’s provided fitness regimen, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to CrossFit in 2010,
while serving in Iraq, that I found a way to stay fit that met so many other needs.
There are several levels in the world of CrossFit that really make it, in my opinion, the most
versatile fitness routine in the market today. You have people who show up just to simply
move, while you have others who compete consistently at the annual CrossFit games, and they
can both do the same workout, at the same time, in the same place. The weights might differ
and the movements catered to your current physical abilities, but the end result is the same,
mental and physical growth.
What has kept me engaged in this fitness lifestyle is the instant social connection, and the
relationships I have around the world because of it. While I am naturally competitive and love
comparing today’s workout results with my results five years ago, the motivation to get up and
move everyday comes from the people I have the privilege of being around in the Whitebelt
community. CrossFit is deeper than workouts, meal planning, and recovery tools. It meets all
the basic human needs; physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-
actualization. With all the different fitness methods I have tried, CrossFit is the only method that CONSISTENTLY meets my physical, mental, emotional, and social needs.
I have experienced CrossFit at a competitive level as well as at the level where I just needed to
get up and move. Now, my motivation is coaching – meeting, connecting and helping people
improve their all around quality of life through fitness and conversation.
- Burgener Strength – Level 1
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.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling