I’ve been a part of the CrossFit community since 2010. A buddy of mine told me to “Come check out this crazy fitness program, CrossFit!”. Ever since that first class, I’ve been hooked. I’ve spent over many years in various environments coaching and training for competitions. From small kids to senior citizens, I have experience working with all ages. In 2013, I trained and helped the Springfield High volleyball team to have the most successful year in the school’s history. (See recommendation letter here) I was born in Salem, OR and moved to Springfield, IL in 2004. However, Salem kept tugging at my heart to come back home. So, I made the move back home in January 2014 to pursue my dream of owning and running my own CrossFit gym.
I have just recently started doing CrossFit and ever since the first on-ramp I have been hooked. I played sports all of my life and after high school and starting college I stopped athletics, gained a bunch of weight, and was not active whatsoever. I have my certification as a Nutritional Health Coach and after using a health coach myself decided that's what I wanted to do to help people reach their full potential and starting living life not just existing. I want to help anyone who needs help and with nutritional advice and CrossFit you're going to be on a fast track to success.
I started CrossFit back in 2013 on my own from a nutrition challenge I was doing. I am a college student here in Salem and was used to playing sports all of my life. I've done everything from gymnastics to softball. I stopped playing sports in college and CrossFit caught my attention. I love doing handstands and I love weightlifting so it seemed like a good fit. In November 2014 I decided it was time to give the CrossFit community a shot and I became a member here at Cherry City CrossFit. I love everyone here and I love meeting new people. I have a huge passion for helping people and fitness so coaching people to be the best they can be makes my heart happy.
I started CrossFit in 2015 after driving past and decided to give it a try. I was immediately hooked and loved the challenge and variety of the workouts, they were different every day. It was't boring. Walking into CherryCity Crossfit was the best decision I ever made. I found my passion! CrossFit has altered my life immensely and now after getting my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certification, I get to witness the growth from a different perspective. Helping others become stronger both physically and mentally. I absolutely love everything about it the dedication, the drive, the camaraderie, the discipline, the triumphant feeling of progression, and the family-like relationships that are built. I love seeing people show up every day with smiles on their faces, regardless of athletic background or skill level, ready to improve themselves and encourage everyone around them to do the same. In my free time you will find me watching movies, spending time with my amazing wife, camping, hiking, leather working, and consuming massive amounts of food.
I remember being terrified my first day of CrossFit back in 2015. It took a lot of courage to join a gym and participate in something that I knew very little about. It started as a desire to "lose weight" and here I am two years later, down 66 pounds from when I started. In the best shape I've ever been in. It's no longer a desire to lose weight but more of a focus on a healthy lifestyle and love of the sport. It's blossomed into so much more than something superficial. Because I found CherryCity CrossFit at a time when I needed it the most. I was going through loss and grief and I wanted to give up on life and CrossFit has helped me through some the hardest days of my life so far. It gave me something to look forward to each new day. The coaches held me accountable and checked in often. They showed me they truly cared about me as a person and an athlete. Not just a "client or a customer" It might sound cliche but I honestly never knew how much CherryCity CrossFit would impact my life. I've learned so much and grown physically mentally and spiritually stronger because of being a part of this community. Making the commitment to be a coach and share that with others has brought me such joy and I'm truly confident that this was meant to be a part of my journey. I am so proud to be a part of something bigger than myself. I've gained a community of life long friends and family as well as a tremendous support system. Other things about me hmmm...Oregon Native born and raised in Oregon Country. Member of the Confederated tribes of Grand Ronde. Outside of the box I enjoy, my American Bullie Xena, nature, metaphysics, psychology, astrology, culture, food, coffee, art, live music, book stores, motorcycles, and spending time with family and friends.