A Lot of people have been asking me lately. Whats my story? How did I get here? When did I start training? Well it did not happen over night. It did not happen over the weekend or at a course online. It began 30 years ago in Los Angeles where I was born. Growing up fast as an only child in Hawaii by my single mother, my grandmother and my great aunt. How I learned to hit a curve ball is unexplainable. So I will try…
Living in Hawaii taught me how to surf and swim both highly active individual sports involving the ocean. The one place that an only child could entertain himself all day long without a single thing except the board shorts on his ‘Okole. I learned to eat tofu and cook seafood from growing up with Filipino’s, Chinese and the large Japanese coulture that the islands hold.
I was taught to respect and love the land, people and all living things from a 6’3 tatted 300lb Hapa Haoule or half Hawaiian/half white man who took care of me when my mom was in a coma from having spinal-meningitis. I attended Punahou the same preparatory school on Oahu as our president Barack Obama. That’s where I learned to scrap, play tennis and ride public transit. I got beat up on my 1st, 2nd and 4th days of school. I stayed home on the 3rd.
These are all the things that have shaped who I am and how I Coach. I am a natural teacher that is passionate about health and wellness, fitness and life. I watched my mom get progressively worse from prescription drugs and addictive behavior. I have seen friends lose everything from drugs and alcohol and that is why I choose to live a clean lifestyle and set a higher standard for my family and friends to follow.
I quit drinking May 12, 2008. Not because I was told to or that I had to. I quit because I wanted to and if I want to do something, anything… I DO IT. CrossFit has insured that dedication. It is mentally challenging and physically rewarding. It has given me universal strength that I practice daily in my training, for my students, family and for myself. It has taught me patience and perseverance, commitment, discipline and honor. It has given me the tools to not only be a present father but a great one. Try Tabata hugs with your kids 8X20 seconds just don’t let go in between sets.
When I first started as a Personal Trainer in 2000 showing members of a “Globo Gym” the new shiny Nautilus line of equipment. I never imagined I would be writing a Blog about my life and how I “Changed” from a Punk to a Professional. How CrossFit has given me the confidence to speak in public to hundreds of kids and seniors. To connect with a networking group and promote other local small businesses. To associate myself with professional athletes and former major league baseball players and be asked to join the Arizona Baseball charities board of directors. I have become a part of all of this because of one common thread ~ CrossFit and for the first time I would like to thank my close friend and colleague Chris LaLanne of LaLanne Fitness in San Francisco for showing me the light and giving me this amazing program. When my wife and I moved to Scottsdale from Los Angeles in October 2007 with a one year old I was fresh off of the mortgage train and hating life wearing a shirt and tie and driving an hour and a half to get to the station every day. I wanted a “Change” CrossFit showed me the way and now 7 months after Grand Opening we have just enrolled our “50”th student to CrossFit Scottsdale. This is not a testimonial! This is my life and you either DO or you DONT! I DO!!! EVERYDAY… DO YOU?
“Anything in life is possible, make it happen” Jack LaLanne