I found my way to Boulder via a football scholarship to play for the Buffs in 1999. While at CU, I was fortunate to have played on teams that went on to win the Big 12 Championship and play in the Fiesta Bowl. It was an amazing experience and an accomplishment I’m very proud of, but my “playing days” were cut short by a neck injury my sophomore year. Luckily I had a full recovery from my injury. Nothing a titanium plate and six screws can’t fix, right? I graduated from CU in 2004 with degrees in Psychology and Business and started a career here in Boulder.
Fast forward 10 years and I had realized I was prioritizing everything in my life but my health and fitness. I had a few friends that had started doing Crossfit and I was intrigued. I noticed how they all began to lose weight, had more energy, and seemed to be happier in general. So in 2014, I walked into Boulder Crossfit to give it a shot. Was it easy for me because I had a background in sports and weightlifting? Not at all. I had never used kettlebells or tried hanging from a set of rings. And what the heck is a muscle-up and why would I want to do that? I know it sounds like a cliche, but it changed my life and the path that I was on at the time. As adults, we don’t have the opportunities for organized sports and group interaction like we did as kids. I feel like Crossfit found a way to fill that void through the sport of fitness.
I started coaching at Boulder Crossfit in 2018. I love working with athletes (yes, you are all athletes) at different stages of their lives because I like to find the limits they have set for themselves and show them there is so much more that they’re capable of. I’m a huge believer in lifelong learning. When an athlete walks in day 1 and can’t do a pull-up or has never lifted a kettlebell in their life, my goal is to break down the barrier they’ve set in their own mind. Just watch a video of ANYONE getting their first muscle-up and tell me their reaction doesn’t make you smile. That you don’t want to feel the same level of excitement and accomplishment.
Come give Crossfit a shot. We’re all in this together. We’re all playing the same game.