I was a baseball player from about the age of 7 and played almost throughout the end of high school. From there I got into lifting weights and jumped into the monotonous routine of weights and cardio at globo gym for the next few years until I discovered powerlifting. I had no experience or coaching, my lifting form was shit and I knew it, but I piled on the weights anyways with no regard for my body. My training was abruptly halted when I was diagnosed with herniated disc’s in my back which was remedied with just shy of two years of physical therapy under the care of Angelo S. Urquico, DPT, OCS. Upon release my good friend had just finished BUDS and recommended I try CrossFit so I tested the waters and eased my way into it. I liked it so much that I ended up interning at CrossFit in order to work out for free. I attended my first level 1 in 2008, interned at University California Riverside under head strength and conditioning coach Josh Everett from May 2009-December 2009. I currently hold the following certifications:
- CF L1 Trainer
- CF Olympic Weightlifting
- CF Powerlifting
- CF Movement and Mobility
- CF Gymnastics
- CF Kettlebell
- CF Endurance
- CF Goal Setting
- USAW Sports Performance
- Underground Strength
The doctors told me I would never lift weights again and to take up swimming or cycling. I currently squat and dead lift over 500lbs and clean and jerk over 300lbs. I am living proof that you can do anything if you’re patient and disciplined. Never give up.
I love the outdoors!!! My family introduced me at a very young age to camping, water skiing, dirt bike riding and snowboarding. While growing up with this kind of background I learned to never give up and to constantly improve myself. My brother, a marine veteran, was persistent with me to keep in shape and to always question if you are at your best. Not only for myself, but for the good of the family. I have taken this knowledge and put it towards not only being physically in shape but also towards becoming educated.
I received my Bachelor’s degree from University of California Irvine with a major in Biological Sciences. Biology has always been an interest of mine and was never considered work. While becoming educated I needed that fitness part and continued dancing for UCI in Tap, Ballet and Jazz. I have been dancing since I was three years old, and ever since, have continued to focus on fitness, including dance, gymnastics, golf and track and field. I also taught and choreographed dance in high school and college.
During college I also went to school to become an Emergency Medical Technician and was hired at CARE Ambulance. Working alongside Anaheim, Garden Grove and Fullerton Fire and Police as an EMT had been an eye opener for me. I learned at a young age to never take life for granted. Also, please wave to your community fire and police. Let them know you appreciate them.
- I currently hold my CF Level 1 and CF Movement and Mobility certifications.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” - Vince Lombardi
- CF L1 Trainer
- B.S. Kinesiology CSUF
- CF L1
As early as I can remember growing up, I have always played sports; baseball, soccer and basketball were among the favorites. All those sports were great, and I enjoyed them growing up, I encourage kids to play some sort of organized sport, but no sport ever made me feel the way skateboarding made me feel. I enjoyed the freedom it gave me and the adrenaline rush was addicting! Just like every sport I played, I went all out and strived to be the best. Unfortunately, after twelve years of skating, I failed a routine trick and tore both ACL and MCL in my left knee. This crushed my spirits and my skateboarding career, but I learned to respect my body more. I never got back into skating for whatever reason but continue to follow the sport.
After my skating accident in my early twenties, my activity and fitness level was on the decline. Going into my thirties, I stopped making my health a priority and began to gain weight, ultimately losing fitness altogether. Horribly out of shape and overweight, I had to change my situation but didn’t know how. In March 2012, my wife joined CrossFit Riot, and I saw how much she enjoyed it. So I decided to give it a shot as well. Obviously, it worked out and I haven’t looked back since. I remember doing a short workout in my “on-ramp” class, and I couldn’t move for about 5 minutes after! I found that everything CrossFit aims to do was exactly what I was looking for. After about two years, I went for my Level 1 CrossFit certificate.
I would like to thank Derek for having the confidence in me and giving me this great opportunity to change people’s lives. The athletes of CrossFit Riot teach me new things every day and I am fortunate to share my knowledge with these athletes. The amazing CrossFit Riot community filled the void of the whole team and competitive atmosphere I was missing.
Whether I just coached a class or finished a WOD, I walk out of the box feeling accomplished. Nobody can take that away from me or whoever gets the opportunity to give CrossFit a try. Every day I find out more that CrossFit has to offer, not only for me, but anyone willing to take a leap into what will undoubtedly be one of the healthiest life style decisions they will ever make!