- CF Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1)
- Junior Musculosystematic Engineer (JMsE)
- CCAR Recovery Coach (Doesn’t really apply to the gym)
My path to CrossFit was a bit unconventional, but I am so grateful I found it because it helped to save my life. I grew up an athlete, playing many sports and excelling quickly in whatever I did. By the time I got into high school, I suffered a couple injuries that broke my spirit and sent me on a path of destructive behaviors. I lost connection with sports and was no longer active for many years after I graduated. My path later sent me out of state to get sober, which is where I eventually stumbled upon a gym that after months of debate, I finally decided to try because I found a Groupon and actually thought it was not CrossFit.. (Ha!) Well, it was. I fell in love immediately. It sparked the old athlete in me, got me out of isolation and connected with people, and helped me to heal my body after years of abuse. It was the one variable I changed after many failed attempts at getting sober that finally allowed me to find a life of health and sobriety. After a couple years of being a member at that gym, I was approached to start coaching, which gave me a whole new appreciation for the sport and for helping others. I eventually became involved with a recovery-based CrossFit program and volunteered my time coaching to help people connect in the same way I was able to.
There are some parallels between CrossFit and recovery that are undeniable. Both require a sense of community where the old comers welcome the new; you find support and comradery. There is a shared common bond of suffering (whether it is life or a challenging workout.) They require trying new things you never thought you would and finding strength you never thought you had. Both build self-esteem and leave you with a stronger version of yourself.
Over the years I spent out of state, every time I would come home to visit, I would drop in at CrossFit Train to workout with my brother (also coach,) Andre. Brooke welcomed me in like a part of the family with no hesitation. I was even invited to compete at an in-house competition, which was my first time ever competing RX! What a cool experience! When it was finally time to move back home to Colorado and eventually to Denver a couple years later, I was welcomed into the community at Train as if I never lived away. The amazing and experienced coaching staff have been the best guides in building me into a better coach and athlete. The community here is better than I have ever experienced and allows me to own my story and continue to show that strength comes from both inside and outside of the gym. It truly is such an honor to be a part of this team!