I am a father of 2 amazing daughters who are the loves of my life. They make me proud every day. For better or worse, I like to work hard and, despite what Butch thinks, I love to throw back one too many when the work is done and I’m not driving. I’m the Captain of a beer league hockey team with the greatest teammates and absolutely love playing – it’s my passion. I am my own worst critic of my performances – but I think that helps me drive myself harder. I was born in Washington, DC and have lived in Maryland my entire life.
I run sales for an IT company in Millersville but my passion is providing my personal company’s photo & video booth experience at weddings, corporate events, holiday and birthday parties, etc.
I had never worked out in a gym….ever. A few years back, I belonged to a nationwide gym chain and, in 3 years, I went twice. I simply had no idea how to work out, what weights to choose, what lifts to combine with others, etc. I needed a place where someone would simply point, tell me what to do and how to do it – safely and properly. Plus, I needed to be held accountable. The accountability I experienced at Wreck Room CrossFit can be described in one instance. One day early fall 2015, I pulled up to the gym, parked across the lot and took a gander at the workout. Feeling it was beyond my capabilities, I began to drive home. I didn’t reach the corner before Colin called me and questioned why I was leaving. I explained that the workout was beyond me – he convinced me otherwise. Needless to say, I came back and he scaled the workout for my ability.
My first impression was intimidation as there were some members who were clearly in better shape than I was (and am). However, I quickly realized that the members at Wreck Room are like a family. Every member wants everybody else to work hard and succeed – even if their success is at their own scaled level. Those stronger and faster encourage those, like me, who need it. It’s a very positive and healthy environment from the members to the coaches.
I’m not quite sure what my first achieved goal may have been, but I am extremely proud that I can string 15+ kipping pull-ups together, running isn’t as much of a burden as many months ago and I’m able to get through burpees without feeling like I’m going to die (most days).
Right now I am trying to drop another 25 pounds by January – at least that’s my goal. Plus, I’d love to get multiple chest-to-bars strung together by January as well and then build to muscle-ups by next Spring.
Compared to when I started I feel stronger, faster, lighter and look at each workout as a challenge that is achievable. In fact, my endurance and motivation are such that I frequently grab other members for an additional run after the structured workouts are over.
This biggest change for me is now see working out as a part of my life – like breathing, eating, drinking. It’s something that I typically schedule my day around. As Butch said when I first joined, think of it as a doctor’s appointment that you can’t miss.
My favorite moment I recall, on one occasion, that we had to run four 400 meter runs as part of a bigger workout. It was a few months ago and running was much more difficult than it is now – although it’s still a challenge. Upon seeing that I didn’t think I could run a 4th 400m, Matt Smith took it upon himself to run an additional 400m with me and never let me walk the entire way – he used some military mental tactics to help encourage me to complete it. Let’s just say, I didn’t want to let him down after what he’s done for our Country.