The human body is a miraculous thing. When our bodies are working in balance, we can experience life to its fullest. We can count on our bones and muscles, nerves, and skin to help us enjoy so much of what this life has to offer. As science makes new discoveries and as humans push their bodies to new limits, we find new ways to perform and live better. It is for this reason that I chose to devote my energies toward fitness and bodywork as a way to stay on top of the innovations, perfect my own skills, and help people achieve optimum health.
My interest in health and fitness goes back to the mid-nineties after surviving and recovering from a traumatic near-death experience. In an interest to heal me and others, I went to the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York City where I graduated and in 1997 became a New York State Licensed and ABMP Certified Massage Therapist.
As time progressed, my fitness journey brought me on and off of so many paths: Basic Bodybuilding-Style Weightlifting to Vinyasa Yoga to Chen style Tai Chi and Chi Gong. From all of those modalities and styles, though wildly different, I was able to take away something positive that to incorporate into my fitness and bodywork regimens. However, I still had not found The One; the fitness program that would cover all the bases – strength, flexibility, agility, stamina, accuracy, speed, etc. That was until CrossFit came along
When I encountered CrossFit and began researching its training methods, I saw the crystallization of all the elements that I had attempted in the past! The strength from weight training, the flexibility of yoga, the core-to-extremity dynamism that is tai chi were all combined into a unique and intense fitness experience. From my first introduction, I was hooked! I realized pretty quickly that I wanted to pursue the coaching path, open a gym, and bring CrossFit to the people of the Rutland area.
Having had the privilege of studying under leading authorities of both Western Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine I also hold advanced certifications in Sports Massage, Neuromuscular Facilitation, and Myofascial Release. In addition to my massage therapy licenses and certifications, I currently hold a CrossFit Level Two and am preparing to achieve Level Three certifications. I am continually searching for ways to better the performance of myself and my clients through focused intent and functional movement.
My Fitness Journey began when I was 16 years old. I was a three-sport Varsity athlete who was determined to perform at a high caliber. Although the scholastic sports are long over, I am very much an athlete in the gym and in my profession as a Firefighter where I am also on the department’s Swift Water Rescue Team. I am passionate about my career, my fitness, and the well-being of others.
When my crazy schedule allows me some time for play, I can be found doing just about anything that involves an adventure. Cliff Diving, wake-boarding, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding just to name a few.
I began my CrossFit In July of 2018, In preparation for physical candidate testing to become a firefighter for The City of Rutland. I fell in love with CrossFit and knew immediately that it was the fitness regimen I had been looking for. In less than a year I became a Level One coach. I am also proud to be helping people in my role as a Certified Nutrition Coach. I am also certified in CPR and First Aid.
My fitness journey started during my freshman year of high school when I joined my school’s football team. I initially did it as a way to lose weight, but fell in love with the sport and continued to play it until college came around. I couldn’t afford to continue football in college, but knowing fitness is a necessity of life I continued to workout.
In my freshman year of college, I came to Crossfit Rising Star after finding out that there are only so many bicep curls and leg presses you can do until you find yourself in a rut.
After joining the Crossfit community I have really taken to the impossible to master Olympic lifts and the grunt work feeling of some of the workouts that bring me back to my football days! I am currently a level 1 Crossfit coach, along with an LNA (Licensed Nursing Aid). My favorite part of coaching would easily be getting to watch others improve themselves physically and mentally along with tackling their goals!