In the summer of 2007, my brother in law introduced me to CrossFit. We met in the park with a few of his jiu jitsu training partners. They were using CrossFit as a form of conditioning for BJJ. I worked out with them maybe 3 times. A few months later, we opened The Stronghold CrossFit and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. My only real contribution to the business was my name on the lease and a little elbow grease to prepare for the Grand Opening. I attended maybe 3 more classes after that and peaced out for 4 years. In November 2010, the gym was failing. We were 3 months behind on rent. I made my first appearance at the gym in almost a year. I wasn't intending to stay. My original intention was to dissolve the company, but instead, I decided to drop everything (including my newly attained dream job) to help revive the business. I attended the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Course in December 2010 and took over all the sales, marketing, and operations of the gym. We made some progress, but in April 2011, I had to make the hard decision of letting go our head CrossFit coach. We simply couldn't pay him anymore. We still weren't paying the rent. Half the gym followed Ace, half stayed with me. Having only attended five or six CrossFit classes ever, I really had no business being the gym's head coach, but we had to make something happen. Fast forward almost 5 years later... I'm a CrossFit Level 3 trainer, a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar staff, a member of the CrossFit Weightlifting Speciality Course, and am actively mentoring other trainers in Southern California and abroad. This is my story and glimpse into my coaching philosophy. Thank you Barbell Shrugged for the opportunity to share my passion for people and for coaching.