Shawn’s neighbor first introduced him to CrossFit in 2012, five years after he suffered Sudden Cardiac Death on the basketball court. After his incident, Shawn’s active lifestyle had come to an abrupt halt. He had an implantable cardiac defibrillator placed in his chest and he was afraid to do more than a light jog. For five years he gained weight and lost all motivation to exercise. CrossFit enabled Shawn to get his active lifestyle back. He loved it because it was like nothing he had ever done before and he could go at his own pace. He was able to build up his stamina over time and became more fit in his 40’s than he was in his 20’s. CrossFit changed his life, and Shawn sees himself doing WODs for a long time after he retires.
Shawn truly loves being a gym owner and CrossFit trainer. The impact he is able to have coaching people he considers friends is more than rewarding. Watching athletes become stronger and faster, watching them grow as members of the community, and being there when they achieve their first double-under or toes-to-bar just makes his heart warm!
- CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
- USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certificate