Paul is the sales and service manager of marine electronics installation company
and father to an amazing 8 year old little girl that is his motivation for everything.
1. Describe your athletic background.
I played football growing up and in high school. I always played pick up games of baseball, soccer, basketball, football, etc. I started lifting weights in high school and continued to be in and out of the gym throughout my adult life. I was never very consistent though and at one point weighed 300 lbs.
2. How and when did you become familiar with CrossFit?
I had heard of CrossFit early on during its beginning years, but I also foolishly believed the negative stereotypes and misinformation about it. In 2015, I met Coach Morgan Slaughter, that spoke highly of it, and her enthusiasm sparked an interest. I was training in MMA and at the regular gym at the time. I was on a weight loss journey and had already lost 45 lbs at that point. While out from work sick with the flu one day, I watched the Froning documentary and it changed my view. As soon as I was recovered, I dropped into my first class and the rest is history. I’ve been hooked ever since and that was over two years ago. I’ve since lost an additional 40 lbs for a total of 85 lbs lost. Losing the weight was great, but I am most proud of keeping it off and CrossFit is the reason I have been able to do so.
3. What is your most memorable CrossFit moment?
This is a tough one because there are so many to choose from. My first bar muscle up was amazing. It was something that I never thought I would be able to do. This guy I sorta knew was watching me and my many failed attempts. He was like hey get your knuckles around the bar a little more. BOOM! First muscle up! His name was Dave Lorenzo, and I became an instant fan.
4. What advice would you have for people interested in starting CrossFit?
The hardest part of CrossFit is walking through the door for the first time. That threshold is your biggest hurdle because soon after you’ll realize that CrossFit isn't like anything else you've ever experienced. Anyone can start at anytime at any fitness level. To be surrounded by like-minded people that are on the same journey as you that continuously provide motivation and encouragement is without parallel.
5. What inspires you to keep training and become better every day?
My daughter. I have a short list of secondary motivations, but my daughter is definitely my number one. When I was 300 lbs I knew I had to make a life change. I felt that I needed to do whatever possible to get healthy and attempt to be around for my daughter for as long as possible.
6. What motivates you to be a coach at RDT?
I want to help people get better and reach their fitness goals. I have a specific passion for making people move better with a barbell. There is no better feeling than showing someone how to correctly execute a lift and then watching them hit that lift for the first time or that PR they have been chasing. What I’ve been able to accomplish by way of CrossFit at one time seemed impossible to attain, but I found that it is possible. I want to help make it a reality for anyone else that has the same desire to change their life.