Woodbury, MN

You see a lot of testimonials with before and after photos, but those tell a small part of a much bigger story. To give you the bigger picture, I’ve decided to share my progress at CrossFit St. Croix as it unfolds. Each month, we’ll update my pictures and you can see the progress I’ve made. In short, this is an in-progress testimonial and not even I know what’s going to happen next.

My background:

I was a multi-sport athlete in high school, but primarily focused on swimming. In college, I was a scholarship athlete, school record holder and NCAA All-America. After my college swimming career, I worked out on and off and never really found activities that interested me. As my fitness declined, I maintained my swimmer’s diet (eating whatever I wanted, when I wanted) and found myself out of shape and about 50 pounds heavier.

Why CrossFit St. Croix? 

I had an interest in CrossFit for years, but never had access to a legit CrossFit affiliate. It wasn’t until I moved to the metro, that I finally had a CrossFit in my area.

I looked at a couple CrossFit locations, but none of them seemed to have what I was looking for. I really wanted to work out at a gym that had a coach that would actually coach. I wasn’t interested in just showing up and doing a workout. I wanted to make sure I was doing movements correctly – not just because I like to do things right, but I also wanted to make sure I was in a safe environment.

After stopping in for an intro WOD and meeting Lucas and Tara, I knew I finally found what I was looking for.

My goals:

I originally started CrossFit to hit a goal weight I had set for myself. I picked a random number and decided that is how much I needed to weigh. This, obviously, was a flawed plan from the start. After working with Lucas and Tara, I now understand that the scale doesn’t matter and it’s more about how you look and feel.

As a result, my goals have drastically changed. I am now focused on:

  1. Looking and feeling better
  2. Eating better and trying new recipes
  3. Becoming a beast at Olympic lifts
  4. Achieving new skills and improving my WODs
  5. Having fun

How I eat:

Since starting the 21 day challenge (February 2014), I’ve stuck to paleo eating. I focus on eating quality foods, but I don’t measure amounts or count calories.

Have a question?

If you want to know more about what I do or have questions about my progress, drop us (Lucas, Tara and myself) a line at