I have always been amazed by the human body and the wonders of it’s capabilities. Body movement is an art form in itself. Growing up in Southern California, I was exposed to the garage breakdance (b-boy) sessions. It was poetry in motion. I was an introvert as a child, but there was so much I wanted to say. Dance is a complete form of self-expressionism. The rhythm, musicality, contortionism, strength, power, execution, confidence, and style with ease (Steez) is what made me want to be a b-boy and this is how I told my story. The floor was my canvas and through dance I painted my picture.
Fast forward 19 years… Active duty in the Marine Corps and returning from my third deployment. I went back to my morning routine and it being universal chest day, bench press was a must. I started to warm up doing bench press with the bar and as I went to un-rack the barbell, it immediately came crushing down to my left side. I could not contract my left arm. I suffered from nerve damage due to herniated disc in my neck. After disc replacement surgery, my body was never the same afterwards. It was one of the hardest blows in my life. I stopped being physically active, started drinking heavily, and I hated who I saw in the mirror.
In 2012 I was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. I ran into Gunnery Sergeant Doughty, whom I’ve deployed with back in 2008. Knowing his work ethic and his warrior mentality, I asked him for his help. He became my mentor and introduced me to CrossFit. Through his mentorship, friendship, training, and CrossFit, it has changed my life for the better. I want to do the same for others. Never stop learning. Make your body indestructible. Each one, teach one.
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