Tell us a little about yourself?
Born in California, raised on a farm in Dona Ana.
Lived and worked in New Mexico, California, Pennsylvania, England, Cyprus (The island country in the eastern Mediterranean not the cities in California or Texas) Although when I was working in California, it was in Cypress.
How long have you been with us at DDCF and what made you walk in these doors?
I started here full-time mid-October 2019, when we moved back from Cyprus. I actually did a couple of work outs on a visit from Cyprus prior to that, I found out about DDCF on one of those visits. The box I worked out at in Cyprus, when I told him I was coming home for 3 weeks. He looked for a box in his CrossFit owner account and said, go to this one DDCF, they have the most qualified coaches.
Do you remember your first workout and how you felt after?
My actual first workout wasn’t at a CrossFit box. I didn’t even know what CrossFit was. When we moved to Cyprus, we were walking our dogs on the beach and met a guy, Stu, who was setting up an obstacle course. They were training for a legion run competition. He told me he has a setup where he does group and personal training and invited me to check it out. He is a level 1 CrossFit certified, plus all sorts of EU certifications, also a retired Royal Marine Sniper. So, when I finally did go check it out. A little bit about where we lived in Cyprus, mostly retired Brits. I went to do a workout in the underground parking garage of a hotel. A bunch of little old ladies and me and a couple of younger guys. He would combine CrossFit with circuit training. I thought I was in good shape. I could run 30 minutes on a treadmill. I don’t remember exactly what we did, but when I got home, my wife asked how it was. My reply “a bunch of little old ladies kicked my butt; I couldn’t keep up.” I kept going back and Stu kept referencing CrossFit. About a year later a CrossFit box opened up about 10 miles from there so me, Stu and one of the younger guys started going there. The first workouts were introduction to CrossFit.
If you could design the perfect work out for yourself what would it be?
I prefer my version of the couch stretch (remote, beer, real couch). For a workout, I think something with deadlifts, bike (hate it more than burpees) or rower and pull ups. Give these old worn out knees a break.
What animal best represents you today?
A friend of mine once described me as a chameleon for my ability to adapt to different situations and locations. I kind of think of myself as a sloth, I move slow, I like just hanging around, they are cute and always have a smile.
If you could pick the perfect song to listen to during the best work out of your life what would it be?
I like classic rock, it’s what I grew up with, but it was just rock then. Something with a good beat that you can crank up, like AC/DC, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crew, Van Halen.
What is your favorite movement or Olympic lift? least favorite
My favorite movement is the last one of any WOD.
I do have a hard time with overhead squats though, but I’m getting better!
What is one fun fact that we may not know about you?
I once had a pet bobcat.
Outside of CrossFit what is one of your favorite hobbies or things to do?
On nice days I like riding my Harley, I also like restoring old motorcycles and tinkering in my shop.
What is your proudest CrossFit moment?
When I deadlifted 250 pounds and didn’t realize it. It was in Cyprus at CrossFit Hephaestus; we were doing a deadlift ladder workout. When we finished the coach said welcome to the 250 club. I said what’s that. He said I just deadlifted 250 pounds, actually 253, it was 115 kilos.
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)
Everybody here at DDCF is so supportive, friendly, happy, no egos here. Can’t say enough about the coaching staff. You guys rock! Nat, Kelsey, Juliet, Jeremy you truly care about us. It is really refreshing and comforting to know you can come here and do things you didn’t think you could, and not worry about hurting yourself. They ask how you are doing beforehand, scale the workout for your ability and they watch you like a hawk to make sure the form is good, and the weight is not too much. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or a vertically challenged 63 year old suffering from TMB (Too Many Birthdays) with bad knees, they show genuine concern for our health and wellbeing. I actually love coming to workout, some of the WODs really suck but I find myself learning new things about how to work out properly and my ability to do them. You actually can teach an old dog new tricks. They and everybody else here DDCF make life fun! That’s how it should be! Thanks everybody!