Growing up, I always wanted to be jacked. I read the books and tried to implement the routines, with varying results. The first book that truly resonated with me was Herschel Walker's Basic Training, which, in hind-sight, was basically CrossFit 15 years before it got trademarked. Weight lifting, sprints, plyometrics, gymnastics, cycling, rowing... you name it, it was in there. I did what I could in my bedroom and in the living room with my hand-me-down Joe Weider weight set . As a kid, I played soccer in the townie league for about 10 years, and I could RUN. After a few years off from that, I picked up ultimate frisbee in college. Cheap cleats and an extra 35# of weight weren't doing me any favors. I did some weight-room work, generally machine-oriented single-muscle movements... but man, could I move a lot of weight on the leg press! I was never slim, or jacked, by any measure, but I was big and strong. A few years later, a bit heavier, I went on [insert points-based diet here] to slim down for my wedding. It totally worked, and I shed all that pesky fat, and muscle, and had people asking me if I had been ill. Ever since then, I've been trying to recover the easy strength that came with being "the big dude." I was doing body building routines out of magazines when a friend first introduced me to CrossFit. He would do crazy intense workouts while I did my single-armed preacher curls and pec deck sets. When I finally asked him about it, he poured me my first shot of the CF Kool-Aid, and I was hooked.
With the mistakes I've made, I'm a HUGE fan of the real genius of well-programmed CrossFit: Mechanics -> Consistency -> Intensity. I strive to enforce that code no matter who I'm working with, especially the ECC Kids classes. One of the primary tenets is to try to hold them back, because while the intensity may come naturally, the movement standards? Maybe not so much. No matter how cute they are, we're not afraid to no-rep them if it helps keep them safe.
Current Certificates: CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, CrossFit Kids Certificate
Athletic Achievements: 2015 Bone Frog Challenge - North East, 2014 Spartan Sprint - Mohegan Sun, 2013 Tough Mudder Buffalo, 2013 Great American Mud Run NY, 2013 Spartan Sprint - Fenway Park, Boston, Syracuse Scooby Doom Ultimate Frisbee team '95-'99, Blue belt, Kenpo Jutsu karate