I once biked 200 miles over two days. I’m working towards a 200lb PR for my clean, and running a mile under 7:00.
CrossFit Level 1 Certification
I have always loved being active and participating in athletics. Growing up in California, I played a lot of sports including western riding and rugby. However, as I got older and became more of a workaholic, I put my athleticism aside and watched from the sidelines. Luckily, I found CrossFit in 2021! I started to work less and less, and come to Tiltshift more often. I loved the variety of the workouts and the people, and I was becoming healthier, happier, and more confident every day. Within 6 months, I left my 19-year-long career to be a full-time coach! I have greatly enjoyed the challenge of learning a new sport and being able to share that passion with others.
Throughout 2020 I had a lot of time to self-reflect on how I was treating myself. I had always been taught to take care of others first, and myself last. I had been putting things off that I have always wanted to do because I was scared about what people would think. In 2020 I broke that cycle! I got a gender-affirming surgery that I had wanted for 10 years, and when I was fully recovered, I started to work out with resistance bands. I got sick of smacking myself in the face so I hung those up and completed a full month of 100 push-ups a day. After that, I knew I could stick to a routine and I wanted to work out with other people, so I searched local gyms and found Tiltshift!
Being a trans man, I struggle to find trans representation in any athletics. My hope is that by being out as both a CrossFit athlete and coach in my community, I can inspire and bring a greater sense of inclusion to this sport—CrossFit is truly for EVERYbody. I love welcoming and introducing newer CrossFit athletes to the sport and to Tiltshift. Sharing the feeling of pride when they hit new PRs and accomplish things they never knew their bodies could do is my favorite! By bringing my most authentic self to the gym, I encourage others to do the same and that is when they perform at their best.