by Adrian T
Hey everyone! My name is Adrian, possibly referred to as the new guy who wears tights and lifts weights. I’ve only really had a chance to talk to or meet some of the Foundation CrossFit community, so here’s a little bit about me to give you guys a better idea of who I am. I apologize in advance if it reads a bit like a dating profile, but if that’s how it comes off and find yourself interested… I am single and can be found on Tinder and OkCupid :).
I’m one of two kids that grew up part of a Navy family, moving around every couple of years, living in places all over California, Hawaii, Japan and Maryland. Even though the majority of my life wasn’t normal due to military life, the one thing that helped it feel normal was being involved with sports. The first sport I was passionate about was baseball, which I played for close to 10 years. Unfortunately, I got a little burnt out by the sport and took the chances I had to dabble a bit in track & field, volleyball and tennis in high school. I later lost my love of sports completely towards the end of high school and the beginning of college and wouldn’t do anything active for two years.
During the time between the start of my senior years of high school and end of my freshman year of college, my health declined and my weight increased from 165lbs to 225lbs. Once I hit that point of realizing what I was doing to myself and being completely unhappy with the way I looked, I decided to make changes to my life. I started with improving my nutrition and increasing my activity level. When I moved from California to Florida to finish college, I would continue on the changes I was making and would later reach my goal of being in better shape than I was in high school, losing all the weight that I had gained and a little more.
After achieving that weight loss goal, I knew I needed to find an activity that would light that fire inside to stay in shape. I tried my hand at gymnastics, martial arts, and cheerleading, but it wasn’t until I found Olympic Weightlifting that I began to feel the drive to become a serious athlete again. I began my career in Olympic Weightlifting in 2006, under the tutelage of Coach Danny Camargo and his team of assistant coaches. Since starting, I’ve trained and competed at the local/state/national-level and naturally followed the course of learning to coach proper weightlifting technique. Coaching CrossFit was another natural course to follow to expand the amount of people that I could help with weightlifting, but has also allowed for me to expand my own athletic skills and challenge me as competitor.
My coaching career has included coaching middle/high school and college students, CrossFitters and helping individuals to achieve personal goals ranging from military preparation, weight loss, postoperative strength/conditioning and competition preparation. I hope to meet everyone at Foundation CrossFit and have the chance to work with or train with all you!
Side notes: I work as a line cook at a hotel downtown. I follow a macro-nutrient counting diet, but make room for pop-tarts and cookies. I’m a HUGE fan of superhero movies, Game of Thrones and Star Wars. I like to spend my free time reading, watching documentaries, trying out recipes from cookbooks with friends and exploring the city and what is has to offer.
You can find Adrian assisting classes as well as running the new 11am Barbell Club