How did you hear about CrossFit and what was your first experience/WOD? I first heard about CrossFit in 2008 at Marine Officer Candidates School, but I started doing it regularly sometime late in 2009 in Quantico, VA. The first WOD that I can remember is a scaled version of Linda with my friend Mike in the Barber gym “functional fitness” area. I liked this new workout experience that pulled from many areas of fitness. I like that it inspired me to research new ideas in nutrition and health.
When did you first come to CrossFit NOLA? I moved to New Orleans in June of 2014. I started coming here almost immediately. I did my research before the move and remain happy with my decision. Before I moved here I was a coach at Desert Dome CrossFit aboard Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
How many days do you CrossFit? What classes do you normally take (times and specialties)? 5-6 days a week. I do a powerlifting program, my primary focus, in the morning and the WODs at night. I also go to Strongman on Saturdays.
What motivates you/keeps you coming back to CrossFit NOLA? I enjoy the focus and discipline that a strength program demands, and the accomplishment when it comes times to test my progress. I like NOLA specifically because it’s a place that embraces my goals, and I like seeing people chase their own. I love the people, I love the exceedingly positive environment.
Favorite thing about New Orleans? It’s hard to say because I still haven’t gotten to enjoy a Mardi Gras yet. But I love the abundance of festivals. It feels like someone is always celebrating something here. The food is good too.
What accomplishment are you the most proud of? With regards to fitness it’s the first time I deadlifted over 500 pounds. It was the result of focused training over months and months. I was excited about the attempt for the whole week leading up to the lift.
After a hard workout, what is your favorite meal? District Donuts and a ton of bacon.
What are some of your interests outside of CrossFit? Powerlifting. Outside of fitness I like folk music, traveling, and standup comedy. I also make killer costumes.
What do you do for a living? I’m a Captain in the Marine Corps. Specifically a Communications Officer.
What is one goal that you are currently working on? 315 bench press. I want to have reliable muscle up and handstand walks by the end of the year too.
In the past you have competed in a few local and intragym competitions, why do you compete? Competing is so different from training, and recent competitions have reminded me of that. I hadn’t experienced the thrill of competing since I wrestled in high school. I did some single lift meets early last year, and I loved getting mentally ramped up for a single task. I just can’t replicate that intensity in training.
Do you plan on doing the CrossFit OPEN? I’m on the fence. I’m recovering from a back injury and I want to stay focused on recovering with some other goals in mind. I will at least be there to support everyone else.
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