Tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in a small town in Iowa. Met my wife while getting my Engineering Degree from Iowa State University. After graduation I joined the Air Force as a Developmental Engineer. I married my wife Jessica in 2015 and we had our first child Will in 2018. We moved from Los Angeles to Las Cruces in July 2019.
How long have you been with us at DDCF and what made you walk in these doors?
I joined DDCF in September of 2019. It was about two months after I got stationed in Las Cruces. I needed to get in better shape and working out on my own was not giving me the results I wanted. My coworker Roz told me about her experience doing CrossFit at DDCF and invited me to try. I definitely was hesitant to try CrossFit due to all of the negative stereotypes, but I am so glad that I gave it a chance.
Do you remember your first workout and how you felt after?
My first workout consisted of building to a heavy overhead squat and a workout called “Hot Mess”. This consisted of 2 rounds of 25 overhead squats and 35 calories on the assault bike. Honestly I really enjoyed this workout and was excited to keep going. My worse workout was a couple weeks later for the 20.1 CrossFit Open workout. Four rounds into this 10 round workout and I thought I was going to die. Definitely a humbling experience.
If you could design the perfect workout for yourself what would it be?
Definitely something with a strength component. I also prefer workouts for time instead of AMARAPs. So something with Deadlifts, Push Jerks, and Rowing.
What animal best represents you today?
A bear. I am pretty easy going and don’t get upset easily.
If you could pick the perfect song to listen during the best workout of your life what would it be?
When I work out I like something that I can sing along to. It allows me to stay loose and not think too much. Taylor Swift, Backstreet Boys, and Post Malone are good choices. But if I had to choose just one song it would be “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, I can really break out some sweet dance moves during it.
What is your favorite movement or Olympic lift? least favorite?
My favorite Olympic lift would have to be the Deadlift. My least favorite would be thrusters. I just can’t figure out how to be coordinated enough to do them.
What is one fun fact that we may not know about you?
While living in Los Angeles I met Keanu Reeves and went to his house.
Outside of CrossFit what is one of your favorite hobbies or things to do?
Hanging out with friends and family are definitely at the top of the list. I also enjoy biking and video games.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
This is tough, CrossFit has given me a lot of proud moments. From PRs to finally getting new movements (Toes to Bar/ Chest to Bar) I routinely find myself being able to do more that I previous thought possible. If I had to choose just one it would be the 7th place finish during one of the CrossFit Open workouts. There are so many people in better shape than I am, so to be able to finish close to them was a great feeling.
Free write: (this is a place where you can thank people or tell a little more about your journey or what you would like to accomplish in the future)
The DDCF community is amazing. I thought that CrossFit was very “Bro” and consisted of people pushing you to do more weight than you should, workout through injury, or not be accepting unless you had 8 pack abs. This could not be further from the truth. The DDCF community is all about helping people reach their fitness goals safely. The family is super accepting and inviting.
One thing most people do not know is that I had one of the hardest times of my life when my wife miscarried last fall. Being new to the Las Cruces area we had few people we could turn too. The only way I knew how to deal with it was to workout. The DDCF community really reached out and made sure my family and I was taken care of. I honestly do not know how I would of gotten through it if it wasn’t for them. This is when I knew that CrossFit was more than just a gym, it was a community of people that cared for one another. I truly am blessed to be a member of such a great place.
I’d like to thank my amazing friend Roz for encouraging me to give CrossFit a try. All of the other members while we joke around before/after workouts. I’d like to thank our amazing coaches Nat and Kelsey for being patient as I ask too many questions, especially at 5:30 in the morning. Finally, Jeremy and Julie are awesome owners and have developed such an amazing culture.
Oh, and my wife would like to thank DDCF for allowing her to have the bed to herself starting at 4:30 every morning.