Playing sports growing up made me into the person I am today. I had the privilege of playing many sports growing up and playing on many sports teams, often all year round. I had the opportunity to play soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. Being a part of a team taught me many life lessons and values that I continue to embrace today. Hard work, dedication, sacrifice, selflessness to name a few. One of my proudest moments was being able to play football in college, something that I had worked so hard for for so long. My goal is to continue to bring the values I learned playing sports to the classes I coach and help my athletes achieve their goals.
While playing football in college was one of my greatest athletic accomplishments, it also led to one of my most challenging times in life. In the middle of my junior year, my football career came to an end. I dislocated my shoulder more times than I could count and had to get surgery. When football ended, it felt like everything I had worked for over the years was over, and I thought that it was all for nothing. After months of a lack of motivation and laziness, I got surgery on my shoulder and the rehab began. For the first time since not playing football, I had something to work for again. Since then, I have had a passion for fitness and pushing myself to be the best version of myself in any aspect of my life. There will always be setbacks, disappointments and failures. The important thing is to keep moving forward and to never give up! This experience taught me hard work and resilience ALWAYS pays off.
My purpose for coaching is to show that you are capable of anything that you set your mind to! There will be good days and there will be bad days. One of the best aspects of crossfit is that NOBODY is an expert at everything. There are always movements and workouts to improve on everyday. Crossfit has given my workouts a new sense of purpose because there will ALWAYS be room for improvement. One of my favorite quotes that was said to me during sports was “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. For most of my life, I had the role of an athlete, and now that I have the opportunity to be a coach, this quote applies to me in a much stronger meaning. I am not the best, but I strive to be, and I strive to give my athletes 100% of my effort to help them in achieving their goals, and nothing is more motivating to me than that.