CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USAW Sports Performance Coach
Former Marine Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Officer
Growing up in Minnesota, I was involved in sports at an early age. Like everyone who grew up in my neighborhood, I played some hockey and wrestled. In high school, my passion was wrestling and I also joined the men’s gymnastics team. In 1988, I joined the Marines and spent twenty-plus years learning a new level of conditioning. As the Training Chief and later the Platoon Commander for the Radio Reconnaissance Platoon, I spent many years preparing Marines to be physically and mentally prepared for the rigors of advanced training and combat deployments. Retiring from the Marines in 2008, I continued to run and lift weights but was not seeing the results I desired. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2013, joining Ardent as a founding member long before the box was open for business. After my first CrossFit workout at Autumn Ridge Parkâ€¦I was hooked on the fitness and the community. In an effort to improve my knowledge and abilities in Olympic Weightlifting, I attended the USAW Sports Performance Coach training in 2014. I have very much enjoyed participating in Oly meets and decided I wanted to help others to master these complex lifts. In 2016, I became a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and look forward to the future and the opportunity to share my passion and some knowledge with the members of the Ardent CrossFit community.