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29 years old, 5’11” 204 lbs
- Deadlift – 550
- Strict Press – 190
- Front Squat – 405
- Back Squat – 475
- Overhead Squat – 315
- Bench Press – 315
- Clean and Jerk – 335
- Snatch – 270
- Fran – 2:48
- Cindy – 25 rounds
- Grace – 1:48
- Filthy Fifty – 19:58
- Helen – 8:20
- 400m – 1 minute
- 1 mile – 6:40
- 5k – 18:15
- 10k – 38:35
- Half Marathon – 1:43.20
- Pull ups – 84
- Push ups – 92
- Corporate Community Wellness Management B.S.
- USAW L1
- CF-L1 Trainer
- ACE L1
Associate Head Coach
I love to have a good time which includes dancing, singing, being a goof ball and playing/teasing/pranking people. I love life!
Born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, I moved to Chattanooga in 2001 and has been my home city since. I am the youngest of four, my sister being the oldest and boys the rest of the way. I am half American and half Antiguan, an English island in the Caribbean. I am married to my lovely wife Kellie and we have an amazing son Jude that we love a ton!
My sister likes to joke around and say that once I came into the world I was always moving. Now that I have a son that some say resembles me, it is beyond just appearance, as I get to witness him in action. Once he is awake he is non-stop until bedtime.
I remember as early as 5 being involved in team sports, but fell in love with basketball and soccer. They continue to be my passion to this day and when able play in tournaments, leagues or just for fun.
The highest level I played soccer and basketball was high school, but had the opportunity to play collegiate basketball that I wish I could have experienced. Enjoying intramural sports in college, I got involved in the bodybuilding world. Naturally a skinny guy I always wanted to gain size, but really wanted to gain once basketball wasn’t my first priority.
From 2006 to 2010 a couple of friends and I started to train, diet, go to shows immersing ourselves in the culture of physique building. It took that long because I did not want to completely stop playing sports to make gains needed for the stage.
In the summer of 2010, I got the urge to compete in a Men’s Fitness competition in Miami, FL that involved physical performance skills, aesthetics and an obstacle course. I finished the day 6th out of 17 competitors. 1 spot from top 5. Priorities changed from that point on and sports went to the back burner to gain more weight to become successful in fitness.
The rest of 2010 into 2012 I became a lover of the barbell. In October of 2011 is when I found the awesome fitness methodology of Crossfit at Crossfit Brigade. My first metcon was Grace benefiting Barbells for Boobs. With terrible form I managed to do well for my first metcon finishing in the low 3 minute range.
From there as we all have experienced and know I was “hooked”.
After my first Crossfit experience, I thought there might be a way to use Crossfit to train and help prepare for the stage while enjoying, learning and competing in Crossfit.
The theory paid off massively. In 2012, that winter and spring I accomplished my goal of placing top 5 at two shows, third and fourth respectively, becoming a national competitor. With 3 months experience and later discovering the height and talent of the competition finished 34th at Garage Games One in the freezing cold!
That same year was my first Crossfit Games Open, but had no idea what it was about and took it as more of a learning experience and to have fun. During the 2012 summer I was competing everywhere within a 5 hour drive. I gained a lot of experience, meet tons of cool people and staying consistent finishing top 10 at each comp.
In 2013, Men’s physique season preparation began in the winter for a big show that spring in Alabama. I noticed my love for the sport I once had was no longer as high with Crossfit taking it’s place. I gave myself a standard, an ultimatum, that if I did not do well on stage like the previous years success, that I would give Crossfit more attention and pause physique competition/career.
Well. I didn’t hit my goal which was to place top 5. I experienced set backs the morning of the show and dramatically dropped my confidence on stage very noticeable to the judges. I felt defeated. Looking back it was a major learning experience. Oh I finished 7th out 27 guys. 3 of the guys from that show are now IFBB pros in the Men’s Physique category.
Bringing this bio up to speed, I left the Men’s physique world behind me (for now; get the urge sometimes), began coaching at the best box Crossfit Brigade, continue to compete in Crossfit winning a competition in the Fall of 2013 and keeping the streak of top 10 finishes in others while traveling to do team competitions with my training partners helping putting Brigade on the map by us doing well. With new confidence gained in Crossfit, improving each year in the Crossfit Games Open from 2012, 2013 and 2014 experiencing Regionals with my boxmates, I was ready for 2015 season!
End of 2014 into 2015 was a blessing. I married my best friend, had a handsome son, coach and train more at an amazing box. These additions were amazing and bring more meaning to my life, but they have there challenges. No challenge was as big as losing my full time job as a trainer at a private studio in January. Crushed me in more ways to explain and was stressful. But I thought the work and experience put in from the past would carry over for success into the Open. I did well, but did not improve from year prior.
Through it all my family at Crossfit Brigade helped me beyond just being a coach and athlete, but also as a human and taking life one day at a time. Enjoying the small things. Getting back to just having fun while also learning to do so while improving weaknesses.
Crossfit is a lifestyle. It is more than a fitness methodology or movement. It has taught me many lessons and sure will continue to do so.
The community of Crossfit Brigade helped pick me up by the boot straps and have started the 2015 off season to a great start. Training smart and more often at Crossfit Brigade with fellow coaches, members and training partners more than before. The rest of the year holds promise because of the community support, the work done and the best owners any coach can work for in the Griffith’s.