Because I had too much “energy” when I was 3, my parents threw me into gymnastics! I was training 20 hours per week when I decided to focus on baseball in high school. However, my gymnastics foundation served me extremely well for the 10 General Physical Skills of CrossFit (hyperlink to our site with the description of these). In high school I began weightlifting and learned to enjoy it. At the age of 16, I had 5 knee surgeries and never knew if I could play sports again.
The doctors told me I should never play high level sports again because I would continue to injure my knees. Thankfully, I tried anyway and earned a scholarship to play shortstop at Austin Peay State University. There I met my amazing wife Katherine- and we’ve been married since 2003 right as I finished my BS in Chemistry.
I then spent the next ten years living in Clarksville, TN; Savannah, GA; and Colorado Springs, CO working with amazing leaders of the United States Military. Physically, I was bored of going to the globo gyms, didn’t have any fitness goals, and ashamed of my fitness level.
That all changed when I finally joined an Affiliate in 2012 at the constant prodding of several friends. I joined CrossFit Collierville and within four months saw incredible results. I visited a close friend who’s an elite soldier with world class fitness and he couldn’t believe the results in such a short time. From that moment, I knew I’d found something that could efficiently increase my fitness- and allow me to enjoy my friendships and relationships no matter what we might do. Maybe playing soccer or baseball with my kids, walking the steps of Petra, running the Dead 2 Red- all of that is possible and enjoyable now. Now, I can focus on enjoying time with my friends and family- enjoying time in the pain of the workout and the benefits throughout the rest of my life.
I coached gymnastics and tumbling for 3 years during and after college, and have coached multiple baseball teams. I enjoy creating teams that set challenging goals, specific development plans, and take care of each other like family. I have both my Level 2 Certification and the CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certification, and CrossFit Football.
My wife Katherine and I have three kids- Deborah 10, Isaac 8, Sammy 4. We look forward to expending their “energy” in CrossFit for years to come while laying a foundation for their leadership, teamwork, and physical development no matter what sports or endeavors they choose in the future!
CrossFit Level Two Trainer
CrossFit Football Certified (Sport Specific Application)
USA NSCA Tactical Stretch and Conditioning Facilitator
Tactical Athlete Instructor Level 1
CrossFit Kettlebell Certified
CrossFit Anatomy and Physiology
CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1 Certified