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At this point I had an opportunity to kickstart my career by getting certified through 24hour Fitness in Sacramento, so I commuted 5-6 days per week down the hill and learned the corporate side of the business. During this time I also got NASM and NCSF certified and was a top grossing trainer. After a year it was time for me to move on and start my own business. I got plugged into the small local gym that I had been working at in the evening before heading down the hill. I capitalized on a huge mail promotion that the gym was running and offered each new person 2 free sessions. Within 2 months I was booked with 22 paying clients and I just loved my work.
Over the following 12 years I tried every fitness trend and experimented with a variety of training methods which included kickboxing, bootcamps, racquetball…you name it! My love and passion for total body training continued to grow and evolve over the next several years which led me to starting an online instructional video business and returning to school. This phase taught me a lot but it didn’t fill the void.
At this point I had accumulated enough experience to know I didn’t want to go into medicine or physical therapy but I also wasn’t eager to go back to doing personal training all day. While personal training is lucrative, it was not a good long term business model for me. I was looking to develop more of a team atmosphere as opposed to individual relationships that were mostly limited to people with more money and tend to be more short term.
I had been observing the CrossFit business for about 5 years and there were several elements that attracted me to it. The methodology was a no brainer for me since the primary movement patterns being adopted were based around squats and deadlifts which progress towards the Olympic lifts being the clean, clean and jerk, and snatch. These progressions combined with other metabolic conditioning exercises like rowing, running, jumping and basic gymnastics repeated for shorter periods at high intensity made absolute sense to me.
There was a lot that I needed to learn but I could very clearly see building a team around this style of training because I knew it was the most effective type of activity a person could do to build strength, flexibility and to increase aerobic capacity while constantly varying the workouts to create a stimulus that requires the body to constantly adapt. Plus it never gets boring which is a big factor in staying motivated. I started by trying to build a business that happened to be really hip and sexy looking. Instead I discovered what I am made of. For every success I experienced, there was an equal amount of adversity while building this team. I have learned that success is only as big as your will and your will is only as big as it is tested. I am motivated by my failures as well as my successes. Our slogan “rise again” means follow your heart even when you can’t feel your heart beat. Your heart is your most intrinsic sense and it will never forsake you. We are only misled when we stop believing what our heart is saying. When you feel like your faith has reached its limit let it all go, start back at the beginning and rise again. My efforts to help others have helped me define who I am and my purpose. Grass Valley CrossFit has become my heart and my home especially since I get to share so much of it with my wife and kids who all love it and do it with me. I love this place!
In March of 2018 I was ready to leave my current gym and I told my wife I would do “the CrossFit thing” for a month just to make her happy. I’ve been to A LOT of different gyms in my life and met a lot of different people along the way, but none have compared to CrossFit. The community and family orientation in CrossFit are unlike anything I have ever witnessed in a gym. I’ve known Brandon, the owner of GVCF, for many years and we’ve worked out together in the past at different gyms in the area so I decided to check out his gym. Brandon is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to fitness and I owe him credit as well for mentoring me to where I am today with CrossFit.
After one year at Grass Valley CrossFit my outlook of the sport changed so drastically that I wanted to take the class to become a coach so I could share this amazing knowledge with others. In April 2019 I took the CF-L1 class and got certified to coach. In May I coached my first class and I knew right away I wanted to continue coaching and helping other people better themselves. My goal is to continue my path of fitness and learning so I can share it with others. At 40 years old I am stronger than I’ve ever been in my life and I’ve increased my mobility, allowing me to do weightlifting movements I have never been able to do before now. I’m looking forward to meeting new people in our community and helping them change their lives through fitness and nutrition!