I have always been active and a fairly fit person. Growing up around a lake I took to swimming at an early age. I started with lessons at the Y and progressed to competitive swimming at an early age. I played other sports for fun, however swimming was my main focus. I swam through middle and high school and was part of a USS swimming travel team, and then at the college level.
Once my career started I struggled to stay in shape and tried many things to do so. Over the course of 15 years I tried weight lifting, then got into running, and eventually spent 3 years doing triathlons. I enjoyed all of these, however finding time to train and plan out my training was taxing with a busy schedule. I found these things were a bit hard to stick to as well, as they were fairly individualized. Luckily I stumbled upon CrossFit. I had read some about it on some of the triathlon forums as good cross training for tris. In January of 2013 I started my journey in CrossFit. I loved the constant variation of workouts and the fact that I just showed up and went at it. After a year in CrossFit, I wanted to learn everything I could to improve. I attended and passed the Level 1 Certification Course held by CrossFit. I started competing and read and watched all I could to improve and to stay safe while doing so. I was back in the best shape I had been in since my college swimming days. I’ve participated in the CrossFit Open for the last 3 years and in 2017 ending the open ranked 3rd in the state of Indiana for my division (Masters Men 45-49).
I started this gym to share CrossFit with others and to provide a supportive, positive place to get fit. I have had a ton of support along the way, and that is the most important part of CrossFit to me. The supportive, encouraging aspect of the CrossFit community is what I want this gym to be all about.