I should start this blog post by saying that this is my first attempt at a fitness blog. Truth be told, it’s my first attempt at any sort of blog at all. But here goes…
I spent the last 20+ years of my life making people drunk and fat. I like to think I helped make some people happy along the way, but I definitely didn’t help many people get fit or healthy. As I start my second career at 42 years old, I plan to change that.
I opened my first business, a small neighborhood pub, in Portland, Oregon in 2001. A year or so later, I opened another bar in Portland and then two restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina. Over the last 15 years, my employees poured over a million pints of beer and nearly that many cocktails. PBR has literally paid for my car, my house and my kids’ child care!
I got started in CrossFit in 2011 at CrossFit Asheville after seeing CrossFit Games reruns on ESPN. I had torn my ACL a year earlier and had experienced a lot of frustration with the “rehab” that I was prescribed after the ensuing surgery. The well-intentioned people at the rehab clinic had me doing basic and barely challenging exercises that I felt were doing nothing. They treated me like an elderly person who might want to be able to walk again, not like an athlete as I saw myself. When I walked into my first assessment with Dr. Corey Duvall at CFA, I couldn’t squat to full depth with any load and could only take 135 lbs about half way down. But Cory had me doing box jumps and burpees by the end of the day. He treated me like an athlete and I was hooked!
A year or so later, I started thinking about getting my CrossFit L1. I had done a little basketball coaching at the middle school level and was interested in coaching CrossFit classes or working with functional fitness athletes in some way. It took a long time for me to get around to doing the L1 seminar because I wasn’t sure how I would be able to use it while I ran the two bars I owned and operated at the time. Eventually I got around to it and started to work part time at CFA (mostly teaching the On-Ramp classes the other coaches didn’t want to do).
Being around fitness-minded people at CFA really inspired me to want to work in fitness full time. I considered different ways to make a living in fitness and kept coming back to owning a CrossFit gym. Having been self-employed for 15 years, it was hard to imagine anything other than owning and operating my own place. When my wife and I decided to leave Asheville and relocate to the coast, opening a gym seemed like the only logical thing to do. When buying CrossFit Carolina Beach became an option, I jumped at it and am having a great time running it with my new business partner, Jordan Vance. We’ve added a few things to the operation that the previous owner, Brock Wilson, had been running for the last several years. CFCB came with a lot of really great members and getting to know them and begin to call them friends has been by far the best part. Jordan and I have hopes and dreams for the gym, the programs and the community. I can’t wait to see what the next years hold for us.
To wrap it up, I want to say thanks for reading and welcome to our blog! I hope that we can put out some content that is interesting and informative, that we can link to some of the fitness blogs and sites that we enjoy, that we can keep you informed about the goings-on at CFCB and hopefully entertain you a little on the way.