I was born in New York City, but grew up in suburban New Jersey. The town I grew up in (Montclair, NJ) was soccer-crazed, and as a kid and teen I played soccer almost exclusively. I’ve been a gym rat from a young age, mostly as a way to mitigate my natural allergy to speed and huggable midsection. From high school through my early twenties I’d spend hours in the gym, chasing lofty aesthetic-oriented ideals, with mixed results.
While rehabbing a back injury sustained during training as a DHS Special Agent, I began reading The CrossFit Journal. I was blown away by the brainy, well-reasoned, and practical approach to fitness. I walked into my first CrossFit gym in 2009 and was hooked- I came back from injury stronger and faster, made long lasting friendships, and learned more about fitness, movement, and human potential than I previously knew existed.
Further, I finally began to see fitness as a piece of health and function, and began to redefine my understanding of my own body image, my relationship with food, and my motivations to train in the first place. The experience was deep and profound- I’d often tear up in joy and gratitude during intense training sessions- and I wanted to share it with others.
I began coaching in 2010 at CrossFit South Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY, while I still worked full time for the government. Over the next few years I honed my coaching skills, talked a lot, grew closer to my community, and broadened my knowledge of fitness and movement. I had endeavored to work in law enforcement as a means of helping people, but began to realize that CrossFit was giving me a far more profound platform to do so. In 2013 I left federal service and have been a full time coach ever since.
Always a bookworm, I’ve found great satisfaction in developing my knowledge as a coach, and have learned from and worked with many of the top minds in the field to build a coaching philosophy and practice that blends multiple schools of thought into a comprehensive system. I am a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer, am certified through CrossFit in Aerobic Capacity, Powerlifting, Mobility, and Defense, and a CrossFit Kids trainer. I am a Catalyst Athletics Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach and am OPEX certified in Assessment, Life Coaching, Program Design, and Nutrition. I have most recently studied how assessment protocols can aid injury prevention, mitigation, and rehab, and am a Functional Movement Systems Level 1 practitioner and an Performance Care RX Bulletproof Coach.I earned my CrossFit Level 1 Certification in April of 2015 and after completing a 50 hour coaching intensive internship, started coaching in Colorado in January 2016. In January 2017 I attained my ClinicalAthlete Weightlifting Coach Certification, and look forward to continuing my coaching education and perfecting my craft.
Outside of the gym I am the Media Director for Beyond the Whiteboard, and contribute articles, podcasts, and other media to BTWB and other publications (NPR, Muscle and Fitness, Shape, the New Yorker Radio, and more.) I like tinkering on old motorcycles and other projects, building my own Halloween costumes, vintage pro wrestling, and reading really nerdy books.
I founded CrossFit Lumos with the intent of building a strong community dedicated to exploring, developing, and celebrating health and fitness. Our space will always be welcoming and open, thoughtful and principled, and a safe place where people can work hard, learn about themselves, and have fun. My (virtual) door is always open, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the gym!