Do you collect anything?
Great question, I can’t say I collect anything but I have a hard time getting rid of something that holds any kind of value to me.
What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
I went through a few crazy surgeries, the scariest being an open body celieac transplant where they inserted a mechanical valve on my heart.
Why do you like working with Gnarly?
My favorite part about Gnarly is the family feel they give off. I know they take a real interest in what I have going on. I’m never pressured to sell things, they just show how authentic the brand is and how versatile it is to all athletes. I haven’t once been ashamed to call myself a team member due to a social media post or a post claiming something I can’t stand behind. I’m honored to be apart of the Gnarly family and consistently encourage others to join.
Outside of your respective sport, what are you most proud of?
As mentioned before, I was diagnosed with a vascular disease about six years ago. I got very sick within weeks and almost didn’t make it. Once I pulled through after some life threatening surgeries my doctors claimed I’d never be as active as I was or even run again. From that day forward I spent every moment gaining the strength and confidence to prove the doctors wrong. Today, I am a stronger CrossFit athlete than I was before I got sick, and the most confident I’ve ever been.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Honestly that’s a tough question because I already basically eat the same foods everyday but mine would probably be cool ranch Doritos. If you watch my insta stories, you can see how I teach people to fit them in their macros.
Who is your hero? Why?
My pawpaw. He was just the perfect image of a dad. He cared so much for his family and would do anything in his power to make sure we all had everything we needed. He was so strong and determined to be successful in everything he did. He spent hours a day in his office reading and studying books to become more educated because he didn’t have an opportunity to go to school. I adore him in all ways. I’ve never met someone so loving, caring, hardworking, and determined in my life.
Any advice for aspiring athletes?
Have fun, work hard, and don’t take yourself too seriously. I started to enjoy the sport more when I took the pressure off of myself and just trained. Once I started truly enjoying it I craved it even more which meant more practice which made me an all around better athlete. Work on what you suck at. Most people want to train what they excel at because not being good can be intimidating. The more all around athlete you become, the more of a powerhouse you will be.
My two favorite Gnarly products are Whey protein and Pre-workout(strawberry lemonade). I love the cleanness and mixable options the protein gives. I make protein ice cream shakes with them. I use the powder in my oatmeal and even make protein pancakes. One of my favorite times to drink it is before bed. I use a little water so it makes it taste like a chocolate milkshake, oh yea chocolate all the way. It helps keep me full throughout the night. It is easily digestible and doesn’t create that protein belly bloat. I tell my clients to try and get their protein from whole foods and just supplement with powder. With that said, if you could only get in a protein shake for every meal, I would recommend Gnarly all day because of its nutrients and vitamins. Pre-workout is a must in my day. I wake up at 5am everyday to train and my pre-workout gets me going so I can be at my best. It tastes amazing, hands down one of the best pre-workouts I’ve ever tasted. When someone says they don’t drink pre-workout because they are all nasty, I immediately give them mine and watch their surprised faces when they admit its absolutely amazing. I love the tingle feeling and how it doesn’t increase my heart rate to an unhealthy rate. I would be lost without this.