I first started CrossFit in a last ditch attempt to prepare for my first increment of USMC OCS in the summer of 2008. I was able to put a month of training with Damon before I shipped out; and I believe it was critical to making me more physically fit, flexible, and especially mentally tough to make it through the training and get through without injury. I had new found stamina in the more functional challenges such as the obstacle course, endurance course, and aptly named stamina course.

I resolved to stick with CrossFit and the next summer when I went for the second 6-week increment I completely abandoned my run heavy prep in favor of the programming at Wasatch CrossFit and cut my total mileage to a quarter of the running I did the year before (made mandatory by the recruiter).

If I had any doubts about the effectiveness of CrossFit they were quickly erased. I PR’d my 5k time when I arrived in Virginia (at sea level), beat my previous obstacle course time by 15 seconds (where you only two minutes to negotiate the course before failing), and achieved a high score on the new CrossFit inspired Combat Fitness Test. I know when I commission next summer and report to my next training course I will be physically and mentally ready.

I rely on CrossFit to keep me mentally sane, with my fulltime work and fulltime school schedule. Being able to keep fit with only 3-4 hours of training a week with great coaches and friends, and still attaining new personal records is amazing.

I keep coming back not only for the physical results, but for the mental challenge, there is something about finding out just how tough you are in the middle of a WOD, I usually tend to not like what I see, and I know I have a long way to go. There is a leadership trait that says “know yourself and seek self improvement” I am trying to do just that.

My goals are to keep attacking my weaknesses and be a better father, husband, Marine, and athlete; I believe CrossFit is helping me to obtain them.

Working for Suunto, a company that is involved in heart rate monitoring and exercise tracking, I had heard of Crossfit before, but when the opportunity came up to get involved in Crossfit about 15 months ago, I jumped at it. I have worked out, on and off throughout the years and remained in moderately good shape, but needed something different to re-energize me and get me excited about going to the gym. Crossfit has definitely done that. I wasn’t overweight, but since starting Crossfit, I have dropped 13 pounds and am leaner than I’ve ever been. I had a closet full of pants that I had to give to a friend of mine ! Now when I go to Suunto corporate events, or product demonstrations for key accounts, I look forward to strapping on a heart rate belt, and walking the walk and talking the talk.

My travel schedule and family life keeps me very busy, but I have made Crossfit a priority , even when on the road, and use the bodyweight workouts that Damon has given me to keep working out, even when in Europe.

I’ve swam all my life, had run a bit as well , and recently have gotten hooked on cycling.

I plan to compete in a few triathlons this summer, after doing one last summer. Since starting Crossfit, my per minute mile running pace has picked up by 45 seconds, my swimming is faster, and my lighter, leaner strength to weight ratio has improved my cycling tremendously (not to mention all of the wall balls and air squats). Here is a picture of me from last Summer’s Ogden Xterra. I plan to compete again this summer and have set my sights on competing in the Xterra World Championships on Maui in October.

Here is a picture from a recent surf trip I went on. It usually takes 4 days to get into good paddling shape on a surf trip, but I was amazed at how good I felt paddling into waves and catching basically every wave I went after. My friends on the other hand, got tired, missed waves and couldn’t catch nearly as many. I successfully converted one of them into a Crossfit die-hard and he is now training regularly in San Francisco.

One of my favorite parts of Crossfit is the community. We have a great group of people at WCF, and I enjoy seeing all of them at our WODs . Everyone is supportive, cheer others on, and the camaraderie is awesome. This makes it fun to come to the gym, even though when we know we will all suffer together. For a little while my wife was able to train with me too, but currently her work schedule won’t allow her to get to the gym, but I know that she is hooked as well, and really misses it.

I look forward to pull-ups, pushups and HSPUs (still working on these a bit), but feel so

much stronger than I ever did, although I still have a lot of work to do to get better at OHS and other Olympic lifts, but that is the beauty of Crossfit. You could be great at one exercise but horrible at another. There is always something that is a challenge, no matter how fit you

are ! I am hooked on Crossfit and find myself checking the website every day. I can’t even imagine ever going back to a regular gym and just lifting weights. I’m also now looking at the workouts on Crossfit Endurance to help with my Triathlon training.

Pain from wall-balls, calluses from pull-ups, shin scrapes from dead lifts and cuts and bruises are all badges of honor that I wear proudly, knowing that I am Crossfit!

A huge thank you to Damon, Priscilla, Carol, Eric, Mike, and John , who have all had a part in hurting me, and making me better ! Someday , I hope to be able to return the favor !