[the original “CrossFit Merced” shirt]

Giving back.
Those are the two words sum up the answer to “Why I MidState”.

I could go on for awhile about how I got from the root of the root of CrossFit to MidState but Brian’s already covered all of that so, if how we got here is of interest to you, read that.  This adds on to that.

For me, the most important things in my life are not exercising, my snatch PR, or beating Alvin’s bench press (which is good because he’s about to take that from me too). The things that truly mean the most to me are my family, my friends, and the relationships with the people in my community. At the end of the day, that is what matters the most. It’s what lasts, and it’s what makes life rich and amazing.

I could talk for a long time about how amazing CrossFit is, and how it has changed my life – but, at the end of the day, CrossFit isn’t why I MidState. I could do CrossFit in my garage (although it drives the cats nuts).

I MidState, because I have the amazing opportunity to share what I have learned as a coach over the last five or six years with others. I MidState so I can give back what the community of CrossFit has given to me – a sense of belonging, a safe place to have fun, to be challenged, to laugh and cry (while doing thrusters). A place where my family can go and be immersed in a culture that values community and health. A place where the young, old, heavy, skinny, strong, not-so-strong, all share a common goal of growing and becoming better able to do the things they want to do in life (which often has nothing to do with a whiteboard).

The smiles, tears, friendships and laughter are just as important as the double-unders, pull-ups and cleans at MidState. I feel so fortunate to be able to create and support that. To give back.

That is why I MidState.