Hometown: Marietta, OH
After being born in Huntington, WV, I spent most of my younger years in Marietta, OH where I grew up playing baseball, football, and basketball. At the age of 13, I moved to Orlando, FL, and stopped playing sports to focus on one of my other passions, music. Throughout High School, I focused on band, and in College began singing for a local band, playing at various venues throughout Florida, including; House of Blues and Hard Rock Live. It was after college when I began working for Lockheed Martin and found that I had become too relaxed in taking care of myself and my fitness. At the age of 27, I started working out a regular gym and was introduced to the cross-training style of workouts. I found that functional fitness workouts gave me the best results, and also kept me wanting to do more.
Because I grew up playing sports, the idea of fitness as a sport appealed to me greatly. Along with my functional training, I was also playing multiple intramural sports at Lockheed as the captain of my softball, flag football, and volleyball teams.
In 2012, I was asked to move to the Netherlands for my work, and spent a year living and working abroad. While living there, I found a gym in Amsterdam, and this was my first true “Box Gym” experience. Even though I had been doing functional fitness for over a year, prior to moving, this was the first time I had been through a class and had someone identify and improve bad habits I had formed. After spending one year training at the gym in Amsterdam, I came back home to Saint Cloud, FL, and found Soldier City Fitness. It was here that I first met Andrew, and was introduced to the amazing Soldier City family. At the beginning of 2015, after over 3 years of training, I decided to become a CFL1 Trainer. In April of 2015, I took the class and test and passed. Functional Fitness has truly changed my idea of training and working out. It is the methodology, and the results that I have seen for myself, that keeps me intrigued and keep me coming back for more. I have been very lucky to have some amazing coaches throughout my journey of Fitness, and look forward to providing those same experiences to people of Soldier City!