CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certification (Toronto, Jan 2012)
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (Seoul, Korea, Dec 2010)
Masters of Education (M.Ed) Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2002
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1994
Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.E) Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1993
First Aid/CPR/ C/AED (St. John's Ambulance, Aug 2011)
Growing up watching Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone on the big screen, I spent a great deal of time in my youth trying to hone a physique that resembled that of a bodybuilder. I became a typical gym rat, and I experimented with protein shakes and other health supplements to get that ideal buffed body. After mixed results and realizing the futility of trying to look like Mr. Olympia, I eventually gave this up and focused more on other fitness and sports endeavors like cycling, hockey and swimming, but I still maintained a weight training routine three or four times a week.
Over the years, I slowly made the transition to more functional type workouts and I eventually switched over to calisthenics full time around 2007 after watching YouTube videos of guys working out at local parks, doing calisthenics-type workouts on horizontal bars and parallel bars. I was simply astonished by their strength and stamina and after hitting a few parks of my own while living and working in South Korea, I realized the joy and incredible benefits of calisthenics and gymnastics.
In 2010, I discovered CrossFit, and with its discovery I have taken my fitness to a whole new level. It has given me a tremendous boost and has made me realize that when it came to fitness, I wasn’t realizing my full potential. Nowadays, I divide my time between CrossFit and outdoor activities such as mountain biking and hiking.
All in, I have over 15 years of teaching experience and I’ve taught in Canada, Japan and Korea, covering courses such as physical education, mathematics, business English, academic writing and academic presentations.
Now, CrossFit provides me with an incredible avenue for pursuing an elite level of functional fitness and being able to teach and share that with members of the Newfoundland community is an absolute joy.