CrossFit Level 1 Certificate
NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Athlete
I've been an athlete my entire life. Growing up, I played basketball, baseball, and football. Like most young kids, I had a dream of playing basketball at the collegiate and professional level. With the support of my family, I was able to travel the country playing AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) getting the most exposure and playing against the best players from all over the United States. As I got older, I realized the hardwork and dedication it takes to fullfill your dreams.
I put in long hours of work, and my passion grew stronger each and everyday. From the help of my parents, coaches, and friends I was able to keep my dream alive heading into my senior year of high school. I was offered a athletic scholorship to eastern Kentucky University. I thought to myself, "I did it". Was i ever wrong. The years of work to get where I was, changed as i stepped foot on EKU's campus.
From day 1, I knew that I had to prove myself all over again at a higher level. I dedicated myself to the game and to the classroom and after my freshman season i was named OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) Freshman of the year. Being given this award only lit a fire under me to keep getting better. My junior season we set an All-time record of wins in a season with 22 and made the NCAA Tournament. It was as if I had lived another dream as a kid of playing in front of 35,000 fans in the greatest stage of college basketball!
As my senior year approached, reality set in. This is it, my 4 years is coming to an end. In the back of my mind however, I knew there was 1 more goal I had as a child. Play at the professional level. As my senior year concluded and I played my last seconds at EKU, I knew that I had worked as hard as I could in my time here, and had no regrets. I met so many great people, life-long friends, and the memories that will last forever. I had accomplished more then I ever anticipated in my career. I am the All-time leading scorer in school history, 2nd All-time in assist, and All-time 3pt leader. Most of all however, I was named to the ALL-CENTURY team at EKU!
In 2006, I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Exercise Science. After graduation, I was given the chance to live my other dream as a kid of playing at the professional level. I played 7 professional seasons in Europe from 2006-2013. I played in Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and the Ukraine over these years, and got to travel to countless other countries and travel the world and play basketball.
My CrossFit journey started in 2011 from the help of my best friend Mike Poppa (Real Fitness Sarasota). After countless phone conversations and discussions I knew I had to see what this was all about. What I realized, this is what I want to do.
CrossFit has given me the chance to continue to better myself each and everyday. Not only will you get in the best shape of your life, you will see how crossfit is a community and the camaraderie you have with fellow athletes is second to none. Push yourself to new fitness heights, but most of all, have fun doing it. There is nothing more gratifying then stepping out of your comfort level, going 110% and feeling the best you ever have!
That is CrossFit!
I could talk about this forever, but the passion I have to train and help people better themselves, is the greatest high there can be. Nothing is more rewarding then seeing people change mentally and physically on a daily basis to feel better then ever!