Pick one word that best describes you:
Give a brief description about yourself including where you grew up:
I grew up in Knappa and attended Knappa Schools. At KHS I played football, basketball, and golf, though not particularly well. After high school I graduated from Oregon State University. From there I took a job with Georgia-Pacific at our Wauna facility, where I continue to work as the manager of our financial analysis group. My wife, Katie, and I live in Knappa with our two daughters, Eloise and Sloane.
What is your favorite sport:
Football is my favorite sport to watch. Hoops a close second. Poker is my favorite sport to play.
What do you do in your spare time?Hobbies?
Running and exercising for time. Watching all things Oregon State athletics. Hunting trips with my family. Beers with friends. The girls keep me pretty busy nowadays so spare time is a commodity.
When did you first start Crossfit & why?
A little more than 5 years ago I heard that a local guy was starting a CrossFit gym. I didn’t know anything about CrossFit, but I was about 6 months into my transition from an overweight, lazy, know it all college kid to a disciplined, fit, and healthy adult (still a work in progress btw). So I figured I’d give it a try. Josh and I were Danny’s first members. The structure, competition, and community hooked me. I ended up losing about 60 pounds and I’ve just tried to continue to be a better athlete and person each day.
What made you decide to become a CF coach?
I enjoy teaching people new things. I like it when someone really puts forth a good effort and wants to learn and do well. CrossFit is filled with those kinds of people. Seeing something click for another person and how happy and excited they get is rewarding as a coach.
What certifications do you currently have and what certifications would you like to get?
I have my CF-L1 and Outlaw Barbell certs. I’d like to attend a CrossFit endurance course and a running clinic.
What is your Favorite & Least Favorite element in Crossfit?
My favorite elements are not movements, but really the environment CrossFit fosters. By that I mean the intensity, competitiveness, and sense of community it brings out in people. My least favorite movement is C2B pull ups. For some reason those things always eat my lunch.
What do you think makes a great CF coach?
A depth and breadth of knowledge in human movement. An eye for good and bad movement. The ability to communicate with people of diverse background and ability levels.
What would you say to that one person that is skeptical about joining a Crossfit gym?
Let go of your inhibitions and insecurities. No one is there to judge you. Just put forth a good attitude and effort. Live in the days and weeks and the months and years will take care of themselves.
What is one quote you live by?
Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”