As many of you know, the fire service has been a big part of my life for almost 30 years. Going through the 2012 fire academy I felt I needed to get fit. I turned to running. I was running any chance I had enjoyed it until Summer of 2017 when I pinched a nerve in my back. The worst Summer ever. Some days I could hardly walk and slept in a recliner many nights. It was at the 9/11 Stair Climb where Nick Birdsall and I climbed 110 stories with others. I struggled and Nick knew it. He put me in the direction of a chiropractor and Crossfit. Between the two, I improved weekly and got stronger. I truly believe Crossfit improved my condition and I feel darn close to 100% now. I thank Coach Nick for that constantly. I have been asked what motivates me doing Crossfit. No surprise it is fire service related. I will not go into detail other than I have been involved in incidents that did not go as planned. I hate that feeling. That is my motivation-every single workout. Having my lovely wife Amanda working beside me doesn’t hurt. It is friendly competition for us and enjoy each others company. It’s our Date Night! My favorite days at The Box is bench press, a good run, or (wait for it) a set or two of burpees and I’m good. I like to appreciate snatches and handstand anything, but I don’t. I’m ready to conquer a rope climb and/or jump ropes. Love the Box and the community within it. Thank you all!