Tell us a little about you…
Born and raised in Nashville TN, with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. I love fitness, fishing, and I am currently pursuing a double major in college with the hopes of going to dental school. And at the moment I am also working with a company in real estate development.
When I’m not in the gym, School, or work, I am out living life to the fullest and taking every opportunity to find new experiences to take advantage of every hour of everyday. Whether it’s fishing, kayaking, etc. I want to make every moment count.
Where did your fitness/athletic journey begin?
My fitness journey began back when I was 4 years old when my parents put me into gymnastics, wrestling, speed skating, soccer, and baseball. I was a very active kid and enjoyed every aspect of sports and competition, later down the road I put all my eggs in one basket and started competing in wrestling on the national level and received a couple offers to continue to wrestle in college but decided not to due to the fact I was cutting so much weight and basically burnt myself out. Out of high school I was weighing about 130lbs and started to pursue building my physique up and the goal was to just get bigger and compete in a physique competition. I did and realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do and was referred over to a CrossFit gym and I completely fell in love with the sport and haven’t looked back ever since.
What’s your favorite part about your sport?
My favorite part about CrossFit is the competitive aspect of it, and that no matter how good you get, there is always something you can get better at.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
A couple things that people would be surprised to know about me are that I work full time as a real estate analyst and developer on top of going to school full time and run a handyman/carpentry business as well, while competing in CrossFit.
What’d your favorite kind of dessert?
Blueberry Cobbler with vanilla ice cream or sorbet
What’s been your most memorable time as an athlete?
My most memorable time being an athlete would be when I was able to go compete in France at the French Throwdown. Or when I first began competing in CrossFit, it was just traveling around with my coach and my sister, working out each day and having the best time of our lives without any stress involved.
What have been some trying times in your athletic career and what have they taught you?
The most trying times as an athlete have been trying to work and go to school full time while trying to make sure I am getting my training in. There have been times that I haven’t gotten to the gym till 10pm and those have been really hard mentally realizing I won’t be done till about 1230AM and that I have to be up in the morning to do it all over again at 630am.
Tell us a little about your accolades
High School wrestling all American 2018 CrossFit Central Regionals Athlete 2019 French Throwdown 6th place 2021 Mid Atlantic Championship 15th place
What does your diet/nutrition look like? Any advice to others on things that you've had to learn the hard way in this are of your health and fitness?
My diet has taken a long time to master but it’s definitely changed drastically over the years. When I began CrossFit I was weighing about 140 pounds, And realize that I need to bulk up but I took that to an extreme and ended up getting up to 210 pounds and it was definitely not muscle. I ended up cutting back down to 185lbs and my macros were never right or enough so I felt awful being on such a restricted diet. I learned over the years that listening to your body is the best way to get your diet in order and for me personally a high carb diet is what works best. I eat about 600g of carbs a day, 90g of fat, and 190-200g of protein a day. If I could get one piece of advice to someone out there trying to work on their diet it would be to listen to your body, and don’t just follow some fitness fad that you see on Instagram. Find what works best for you because everyone is different. I learned this the hard way by thinking that if that diet I saw online works for that guy and he looks the way he does then it’ll work just as well for me.
Tell us a little about your training regimen - do you follow specific training program(s), coaching/coaches, etc.? How do you prioritize your training over other aspects of life to reach this level of competitiveness?:
My training regiment is definitely different from most athletes, I train early in the morning and very late at night due to my work and school schedule. I try to find a balance in my life to where I am getting my sessions in as well as giving an equal amount of time to the other parts of my life that are important to me. I believe that is what keeps me competitive and hungry to get back into the gym. When I’m in the gym then I am 100% focused on what I am doing there, when I am outside the gym I don’t think about CrossFit or at least try to not think about it, so that I can devote myself fully to what I am doing without any distractions.
What’s the biggest piece of advice that you’ve been given, that’s made an impact on you as an individual, that you wish to share with others for their journey?
Balance is the key to living a successful and happy life
Why do you choose Swolverine?
I chose Swolverine because there mission statement aligns perfectly with the way I look at my fitness lifestyle, I don’t just want to optimize my athletic performance, I want to optimize my whole entire body and potential in every aspect. The Swolverine products not only benefit your performance but your overall well being and every day life.
What are your favorite products to use from Swolverine?
Plant protein, Kre-Alkalyn, greens and reds, and Clean Carbs