Meet Ben

Some of you have already guessed the identity of our mystery man from a few days ago.  Ben and his lovely wife trained with us previously (before moving to the far side of the world), and Ben has coached off and on at CFSW for the last few years.  We’re pleased to let you know that he’ll be back coaching, starting next week.  

For those who haven’t had the pleasure, I’ll allow Ben to introduce himself:

Hello everyone!!!!

 I am a proud Marine, and I served in Ramadi, Iraq in 2005-06’.  During my tour, a Humvee I was riding in, was struck by a roadside bomb killing two of my fellow Marines and leaving me with a right-leg amputation.  Needless to say, the incident changed my life forever.

When I was first discharged I was lost. I wasn’t sure what to do with my life; so I floated around from job to job, and drank A LOT to help me cope with insecurity and my loss.

In 2009, I moved to Seattle, WA and that’s where I was introduced to Crossfit Northwest. The community was surprisingly receptive and supportive to me participating in the programs. I loved it! So I kept going back, and found that it was helping me cope with my nightmares and emotional symptoms associated with PTSD.  It also rekindled the love I had for lifting weights that I discovered when I was in Iraq.

When I moved down to Tempe, AZ in 2010, I found another great community of people at CrossFit Southwest.  What surprised me was the way that people here were also motivated and inspired by my story of recovery.  I loved the fact I could inspire people to live better and overcome obstacles.

As a result, I wanted to increase my knowledge about the science behind lifting so I could improve my coaching abilities. Over the last couple years I have aquired several fitness certifications; such as, Crossfit level 1, and USAW Olympic Weightlifting

I look forward to blasting steel with you and assisting you in reaching your goals!

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