When did you start doing CrossFit?

June 2013 – thanks to the Markers and the Nivens

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in Barrington and graduated from BHS in 1999. I am married to Betsy (class of 2000) and we have two crazy/fun girls ages 4 and 2….#3 arriving at the end of May! We live in Biltmore and are both fortunate to work in Barrington. I am a Financial Advisor with a practice in Barrington, and Betsy is an 8th grade teacher at Station Middle School.

 What was your fitness routine before CrossFit?

My preferred routine was playing basketball. However, I became injury prone and decided that it wasn’t cool to show up to client meetings in a boot and crutches (happened only a few different times). I then attempted to become a runner. Negative. My last attempt pre-crossfit was P90X, but I wasn’t about to purchase an industrial size floor cleaner like CFB runs after my workouts.

 Favorite WOD?

31 Heroes

 Least favorite WOD?

Open 14.5

Favorite Lift?

Clean and Jerk

 Lease favorite lift?

Overhead Squats

 Favorite healthy food?

Scrambled eggs with avocados

 Favorite junk food?

Jalapeno Chips


“FC” – Fat Chad. Resulting from an injury playing volleyball in college where I blew out my ankle (beer + grilled cheese + no exercise = extra 20lbs).

 What goals have you achieved while at CFB and what goals do you have for the future?

Initially, my goal was to simply regain my athleticism and find a sport that made me excited to go to the gym. I found that at CFB within my first few workouts. I also hoped to find something that Betsy and I would enjoy together. This was probably the most satisfying goal that was achieved along the way.

The goal setting concept has expanded dramatically. I never enjoyed lifting weights, but now I can’t stand missing a workout that includes strength (OHS are an exception). Being able to RX the majority of WODs was a major goal that was achieved over my first year.

My 2015 CFB goals: (1.) Muscle Up; (2.) Muscle Up; (3.) Handstand Push-ups in a WOD; (4.) continue to 1RPM everything; (5.) MUSCLE UP?

How has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym?

My alarm goes off a LOT earlier. A healthier lifestyle is the obvious impact. I am in the best shape of my life. It has also re-engaged the competitiveness that seemed to be missing.

 What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit Barrington?

  • Take your time. Get the form first and don’t concern yourself with the weight you are lifting.
  • Push yourself to show up over the first few weeks. It will soon become an addiction.
  • Don’t hesitate to partner with someone that you don’t know in class. The community at CFB is awesome…especially the 5am crew
  • After achieving #1…invest in lifting shoes

Favorite quote?

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan

 Favorite adult beverage?

Beer (anything that is not light)

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