I started doing CrossFit in March of 2015, and have been a member of the Bayou Bluff's Family since we opened in November of 2015. I have to thank my awesome wife for getting me to try this crazy thing called CrossFit. Before I started my CrossFit journey, I had always been a relatively active person, but just needed something more.
Growing up in the south, I happily played football in the fall and baseball in the spring. In high school, however, I picked up a barbell and started to do powerlifting instead of baseball. Throughout college, I struggled to find something active that I was really passionate about. I lifted weights mainly focusing on curls, squats and bench press then I would hop on the elliptical for 30 minutes. This made for a good sweat, but just wasn't "fun". So, I signed up for a bootcamp that incorporated some CrossFit principles, and I was hooked (it was also where I got hooked on a special woman I now call my wife :) )! When I moved back home after completing school, I finally got he push to join the CrossFit box at the Y and moved to Bayou Bluffs when we opened. i couldn't be happier. Since joining CrossFit, I have competed in numerous competitions, set countless personal records (on the barbell and running believe it or not), and have become a happier, healthier person.
Bayou Bluffs is my home away from home. It's a place I, (and you too), can go to unwind and sweat after a stressful day at the office. The community at our Box, and in CrossFit in general, is awesome. I like to tell people "come for the fitness; stay for the family." It is truly inspiring to see everyone rally around each other and motivate each other every day, every workout. This community does put the "fun" in "fun"-ctional" fitness.
I have been coaching at Bayou Bluffs since November 2017 and will be getting my CF-L1 this year. My day job is a research civil engineer at the Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center.