Growing up I played almost every sport throughout the year, but in high school began to focus on football and lacrosse. After receiving All State honors in high school I continued playing lacrosse for one year in college. It was this year where fitness became a huge part of my life. In high school it was easy to get by on talent alone, but once I got to college I was put together from kids who were all the best from their individual hometowns. I began to realize the importance of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and recovery and they would be vital to excel at the next level. This meant anything from 6am workouts before practice, making healthier choice in the cafeteria, and giving up a night of drinking for a good night’s sleep. Simply put, I needed to put in the hard work in order to achieve my goals of being a starter my freshman year, which I did.
The following year I transferred to Montclair State to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. Athletic Trainers are responsible for the care of all athletes from preventative care, to first aid, and throughout the entire rehabilitation process of an injury. It was a demanding degree to pursue so I had to give up playing sports myself. In turn I began to focus on my general fitness and started out like most people at a “Globo Gym” doing bench press on Mondays with large headphones on and keeping to myself. After a few months, I realized something was missing. As a former athlete I needed that sense of comradery, of being a part of something.
After hearing about CrossFit I quickly found a gym called Brazen Athletics and decided to try out a class with a friend. When we got there and were waiting outside, Big J came outside and said, “Once you walk through those doors, it’s the first step of the rest of your lives,” little did I know at the time, he was right. Overtime, fitness has taken a priority in my life and Brazen has been a big influence on it. Now, being a coach for Brazen I hope to combine my love for fitness and healthcare knowledge from Athletic Training to provide a safe environment where people of all backgrounds, ages, and walks of life can feel that same comradery I got from sports and get excited about putting in the hard work to achieve their goals!