1. Why did you start CrossFitting and how long have you been doing it for?
Just over 13 years. My neighbor opened the first CrossFit box in Winnipeg and was coaching clients out of a grimey, old boxing gym.
At the time I was training in Muay Thai Kickboxing/MMA and he convinced me that Crossfit would make me stronger. I was surprised how hard it was at first but he helped me get better quickly.
2. What is your favourite part about CrossFit?
Power Cleans and awesome people!
3. Have you competed?
4. What are your goals when it comes to your CrossFit training?
My goals have definitely switched from numbers and strength gains, to longevity and injury prevention.
5. Have you changed anything with regards to your nutrition since you started CrossFit?
Yes, I eat more now. I was chronically undereating for years. Remember: Carbs are your friend.
6. Is there something that people would be surprised to know about you?
23 years ago, I played bass guitar in a semi-popular, hard-core punk band. We had literally dozens of fans. Also, I have seen every episode of MTVs The Real World.
7. What/who inspires you the most?
My mom was a lifelong exercise enthusiast, even before it was popular. She worked out and walked every day. She passed away a few years ago but I draw my inspiration from her.
8. What advice would you give to someone with regards to starting CrossFit?
Focus on perfect technique first, then work on strength. Don’t be afraid to take a step back in your training. Do 10 min. of mobility for each 1 hour or training and make sure you are not under-eating on training days. (These are all mistakes I made starting out and had to learn the hard way.) Stuck? Be proactive and ask your coaches for help.
9. Do you have a random hidden talent?
I once wrestled a gator into submission. Some say he was never the same afterward.
10. If you could pick a lift and a gymnastics movement, what would be your favourite?
Power Clean and Bar Muscle-ups.