|CrossFit Level 2 (CF–L2) Trainer
Level 1 USA Weightlifting Certified Sports Performance Coach
I like to think that I’ve always been in pretty good shape throughout my life. Over the years, I’ve played racquetball, competed in 5K and 10K running events, bicycled, and purchased weights and a weight bench (that were seldom used).
My wife, Audrey, started Crossfit when XLR8 opened in Portland. She would wake up three times a week and go to the 5:30 am class. I would also get up and go for a jog, as I didn’t think that Crossfit stuff was for me. Well, I kept hearing everyone talk about Crossfit and how they loved it, so I decided to give it a try and have now become addicted to working out. Both our children, Austin and Amber, also enjoy Crossfit.
I was working for the IRS at the time I started Crossfit. You could say it was a high stress job and not very popular. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, and was taking medication to control all three. Crossfit, along with a better diet, has helped get all under control.
I’ve found that in Crossfit there is always someone, whether it is a coach or another athlete, to motivate you and help get you through the WOD. There have been so many people (I will not even start to try and list) and events that have kept me motivated, and it’s due to Crossfit.
As I said it the beginning, I’ve always thought I was in pretty good shape throughout my life. But because of Crossfit, I now am in the best shape I’ve ever been.