Tell us a little about you...
I am a chiropractic student by day, CrossFit athlete and coach by night (and early morning).
Where did your fitness/athletic journey begin?
I swam year-round from age 5-11 then played volleyball, basketball, tennis, and softball in middle and high school and competitively swam in the summer. I was introduced to CrossFit right before my junior year but didn’t fully start until my senior year. From then on out, I was hooked on competing in CrossFit.
What’s your favorite part of your sport?
In CrossFit, there is always something that you need to improve. One day is about the Olympic lifts; the next about strict gymnastics, the following about running a 10k. I love using every day as an opportunity to get 1% better. When I look back to when I started, I can’t help but be amazed at my growth physically and mentally.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
- I have my advanced open water diver certification. So, if anyone wants to go scuba diving one weekend I’m actually free, hit me up!
- I am a huge Star Wars nerd. I’ve watched the movies countless times, read a lot of the books, and can be seen watching the TV series if I am not in study or CrossFit mode.
What’s your favorite kind of dessert?
Ice cream, cookies, doughnuts, pie… really all desserts
What have been some trying times in your life, and what have they taught you?
One event that has defined my life’s course is my battle with an eating disorder. Before CrossFit, I wanted to become a Navy diver. While training, I ended up in the hospital three separate times for a rare disorder that hampered my ability to digest food, resulting in rapid weight loss and severe malnutrition.
During my second stay, the doctors decided to place a feeding tube to help with the treatment. Losing control over my nutrition sent me into a struggle I never saw coming. Once out of the hospital, I started CrossFit. The people I saw around me inspired me to stay the course on achieving my dream, get stronger, fitter, and healthier than I ever was before. In the end, I lost a Naval ROTC scholarship and an appointment to the Naval Academy
due to being medically disqualified from serving due to my previous history. However, I gained so much more: a new career path, a sport I love, and, most importantly, the belief in myself in anything I pursue.
Tell us a little about your accolades
- Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge: 2019 Elite Team
- Filthy 150: 2019 Elite Individual
- Wodapalooza: 2020 Elite Team
- West Coast Classic: 2020 Elite Team
- Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge: 2020 Elite Individual
What does your diet/nutrition look like?
I stick to whole foods 95% of the time: lots of fruits and vegetables, carbohydrates mainly from oats and sweet potatoes, a protein normally from chicken, eggs, and fish, and added fats from olive oil, nut butter, and alternative milk. The last 5% is dedicated to delicious food adventures with friends. I drink copious amounts of coffee but more the taste than the caffeine.
Tell us a little about your training regimen - how do you prioritize your performance with the rest of your life?
With school, I normally have multiple sessions per day, one in the morning before school and one either after school or during a larger break between classes. I normally combine mobility and studying at night. Since my schedule is pretty hectic during the week, I try to destress as much as I can on the weekends from training and school, even if my weekends still include both, by getting outside, reading for enjoyment, and physically and mentally recovering from the week.
What’s the biggest piece of advice that you’ve been given that has made an impact on you as an individual, that you wish to share with others for their journey?
Give your best every day, and be accepting of it. Life is full of ebbs and flows. You won’t win every competition; you might do poorly on an exam that you studied countless hours for; you may not get the job you wanted. But, the effort will always be more important than the outcome. Focus on the process. Be relentless in the pursuit of excellence. The outcomes that you strive for will be a by-product.
Why do you choose Swolverine?
Swolverine is more than supplements, even though the research-backed and minimal ingredient products first piqued my interest. The company is about giving athletes an opportunity to share their knowledge and impact with the world. It means the world to me to be able to convey my “why” with the world along with promoting their products and message.
What are your favorite Swolverine products?
Whey Protein Isolate, Clean Carbs, and BCAAs
For recovery and everyday life:
Vitamin D, Krill Oil + Astaxanthin, Probiotix, and ZMT