- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
- Bachelors degree in Kinesiology (Exercise and Wellness)
- Certified CPR
- Certified First Aid
- Wellness Center Intern at SIUE in 2009
- Strength & Conditioning Intern at the HIT Squad in 2009
- Worked as an ACE certified personal trainer from 2007-2010
I have been involved in athletics all my life. I have always been very competitive and enjoyed playing sports. In high school I played football, baseball, and wrestling. My junior year I made the decision to compete in wrestling as I wanted to concentrate on it as it was my best sport. After graduating I moved to Edwardsville, IL to go to college at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology (Exercise and Wellness). While in college, I needed something to keep me active and fill my competitive needs so I started training in mixed martial arts. I did that for a couple of years until I graduated. After completing my Bachelor’s degree I moved back to Charleston to be close to my family and I began working a full time office job.
I quickly got out of shape since my activity level went down tremendously. One day at the gym I overheard people talking about CrossFit at the gym so I looked it up once I got home and saw a video of people doing the Olympic weightlifting movements (Snatch and Clean & Jerk). After watching those videos, I was immediately attracted to CrossFit because I used to compete for the Charleston Weightlifting Club when I was 10-15 years old. I actually won the Junior Olympics twice during that time so I thought I could be pretty successful with CrossFit after getting back into training and learning the other CrossFit movements. From that day on I have been doing CrossFit workouts on my own by following it online so I was very excited when I saw a box was opening up in Charleston. CrossFit is by far the best exercise program that I have found. I love the community aspect of it that allows you to workout with people of all ages and meet new friends through getting fit together. I can’t wait to start coaching others and help everyone reach their fitness goals and begin living a healthier lifestyle.
At the age of 18 I became interested in working out. I worked out off and on until the age of 22 when a buddy of mine invited me to try a Crossfit class for the first time. Walking into that first class was intimidating to begin with, but by the end of the class, I was hooked. I enjoy Crossfit because the workouts are fun, I am now stronger than I have ever been, and I now have a great community of people supporting me.
As a result of how much I have gained and how much I enjoy Crossfit, I decided to become a coach and help provide that experience to others. I enjoy the process of teaching others and watching them succeed and meet their personal goals.
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training
- Master’s of Science in Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Certified Athletic Trainer
I have always had an interest in human movement and played a variety of sports growing up. My love for sports and helping others lead me to a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Eastern Illinois University. During my time at EIU I worked with a variety of sports assisting a Certified Athletic Trainer in providing first aid and emergency medical care to NCAA Division 1 level athletes as well as a student internship with the Indianapolis Colts during the 06’-07’ season. After EIU, I obtained a graduate assistant position with Northern Illinois University working as a Certified Athletic Trainer with Men’s Soccer and Football. While at NIU I received a Master’s of Science in Sport & Exercise Psychology and worked with organizations such as the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program, and the Illinois Elementary School Association. Currently I work for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center as a Certified Athletic Trainer performing outreach at Mattoon High School providing care to a variety of youth sports.
I joined CrossFit 217 in 2013 at a friend’s suggestion because I needed a change from the monotonous rigger of basic weight lifting and running. I was going nowhere with my routine and struggled to stay consistent. CrossFit provided the structure and sense of community that I had been looking for and has been instrumental to my success and wellbeing. The knowledge I have gained about nutrition, mobility, lifting and body movements has served to improve my quality of life as well as the quality of care I can provide to my patients as an athletic trainer. It is my hope, as a coach, to be able to provide similar experiences to you, whatever your fitness level and help you on your journey to wellness.