After college, I joined the Army in 1997. I enjoyed the team atmosphere and work ethic that mirrored my Texas sports culture growing up. As my career progressed, I found myself not being part of normal physical training classes and had to do it on my own....and fitness on my own was failing. I missed the team atmosphere and I only trained to get by, not to get fit.
In 2014, my wife discovered cross fit by literally driving around our neighborhood in Olympia, WA, saw a bunch of crazy people flipping tires, drove up and asked, "what are y'all doing?" She was cross fitting for a few weeks and kept telling me I had to try it. I finally went to a class and I was hooked.
I am an organized person professionally, but I had hit a stagnation point in my personal goals and endeavors. Cross fit brought back that feeling of challenge and accomplishment. I felt empowered by the ability to impact my well being with such an outstanding community, I decided to take on all of those things that "I was getting around to someday."
Since I began cross fit, I've graduated with my masters in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University, earned two USA soccer coaching licenses, and I'll be finishing my alternative teaching certification for history and social science this fall. I will retire from the army in late 2017 and I couldn't be more excited to meet the challenges that come with this transition. I credit my cross fit experience for enhancing my mental and physical stamina, my will to serve others and the resiliency required to succeed.
My entire family does cross fit now. My wife, my 15 year old daughter and 12 year old son learn, laugh and sweat right along side me. Cross fit has shaped my life for the better and I can't wait to see what the future brings.