I grew up in a small northern California town known mostly for its “world’s largest 3-day rodeo”.  The home of Red Rock, a famous cowboy-crushing bull from Growney’s Ranch, and a beautiful stretch of the Sacramento River where some amazing childhood memories of fishing, swimming, and basking in the sun were made.  The neighborhood I grew up in had everything a young man obsessed with playing G.I. Joe and hanging with friends could want…some dry creek beds during the summers, a baseball diamond down the street, a basketball hoop in the driveway and an awesome little brother and good friends willing to spend the afternoons running around in the blazing sun.

Health, nutrition, and fitness have always been an interest and area of personal pursuit.  As a kid, I  played all the usual youth sports like soccer, basketball, and track.  Never played a competitive team sport in my high school years, but always stayed active riding bicycles to the local racquetball courts and continuing to play basketball in the driveway with friends. I began dabbling in weight training and later my interests expanded into the fascinating world of the martial arts. At the age of 16, I found a new passion in life and began studies in Ed Parker’s Kenpo Karate, under Gordon Buck and Scott Halsey, earning the rank of purple belt.  This study of martial arts (and a little prompting from my younger brother!) led me down a path toward becoming one of the Few and the Proud.

English: Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Ins...

English: Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Insignia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1998, I followed the example of my younger brother and joined the United States Marine Corps, serving two years in Security Forces (Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Co., FAST 2, NWS Yorktown, VA) and the rest of my enlistment in the infantry (B Co. 1/4, Camp Pendleton, CA).  During that time I obtained the status of Designated Marksman and achieved a brown belt as a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) Instructor.  My tour saw me through an array of international countries, both coasts of the US, across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and through the Mediterranean and Arabian Seas.

After leaving the Corps I took up retail sales as an Assistant Manager of Vitamin World (Las Vegas, NV) and years later climbed the ladder at General Nutrition Centers (Albany/Corvallis, OR), working my way from a part-time Sales Associate to a Senior Store Manager.  While overseeing five retail locations in central and southern Oregon, I obtained my first national certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Personal Trainer (2006).

In 2008, I continued to seek depth and breadth of knowledge within the human movement system by pursuing a formal education at Western Oregon University (WOU).  While engaged in university studies, I invested a weekend of my fall term to attend and receive certification as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, at CrossFit Human Evolution Lab (H.E.L.), in Portland, OR.  A year later, my education was placed on hold for a yearlong tour overseas to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of OIF ’09-10 while serving with B Co 141 CSC of the Oregon Army National Guard.  In light of this service, I was able to aid in organizing the attendance of several peers in the CrossFit Level 1 Certification held in Al Asad on Dec. 12-13th, 2009.  During this service, I also completed continuing education for the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification through NASM (2010).

In the summer upon returning, I attended a local CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting seminar (2010) at CrossFit Salem (CFS), where I began coaching group classes.  In the 2 years I spent at CFS, I taught Sunday classes with a special focus on athletic skill development and technique.  I also introduced and implemented the highly effective NorCal Strength & Conditioning On-Ramp Program to their curriculum, teaching foundational skills to new members in a safe, structured, and progressive way.

In spring, 2011, I completed my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology.  Since the summer before my graduation, I have worked as a Rehabilitation Aide for PT Northwest Physical Therapy in South Salem developing a further understanding of the rehabilitation side of the health and fitness equation.  Meanwhile, I have also enjoyed furthering my pursuit of martial arts by practicing Krav Maga and stiking skills with Sheena Williams at Krav Maga Oregon: Salem, where our Krav passions were tendered under owners and head instructors Kirsten Zulyevic and Oneness Fish of Krav Maga Oregon.

More recently, I have continued training private and small group fitness clients and have joined a great team of coaches led by owners Tim and Melanie Mahoney at Mahoney CrossFit, in North Salem.  Together we continue to work toward changing the face of CrossFit here in the Willamette Valley by offering knowledgeable coaching in functional movement and training in a progressive, safe, and evidence-based system.  We emphasize developing quality movement, athletic skill, work capacity, and effective recovery techniques using the latest research and methodologies.  We don’t just drop our members into the shark pool!…rather, we screen them using the FMS, introduce them to the movements they will see in our group class in the controlled environment of our On Ramp, and pair them with the appropriate corrective strategies and programming for their abilities and goals.  Our constantly varied functional movement system has purpose and is founded on proper individual progression and skill mastery.  Hope to see you there!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s