About Coach Phil

Before my story, I’ll give my training credentials:
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering – specializing in man/machine interface
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer
  • USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CPR/First Aid/AED
I’m currently employed in the high tech world as a sourcing guy that moves machined parts around the world.  I have several passions, and fitness and training is one of them.10 years ago, I weighed in at 250 lbs. when my daughter was born.  I started thinking to myself that at the rate I was going, I would likely not get to see her graduate due to health issues that I was well on the road to living with.

I have a background in football and wrestling (not what you see on TV), and like many men my age, struggle with the idea that I’m not 18 anymore, and really had to swallow my pride when the first running that I did since freshman year of college rendered me unable to walk for at least three days.  At that time I met a personal trainer and did his boot camp about 3 times and it re-ignited some of what I had when I was a high school athlete.  I love to run, but doing it while carrying the extra weight caused a lot of pain in my hips and IT bands, Tom (aforementioned trainer) asked me if I had a bike.

For some reason, I’m a good swimmer (I guess thanks goes to my dad), and with the bike riding that Tom recommended, I signed up for my first triathlon in 2002.  Since then, I’ve lost count of how many I’ve done, but graduated up to the Ironman distance race in Coeur D’Alene Idaho.  That was a really great experience that I will do again, but the amount of training using the “traditional” methods is not the easiest to do and be a good father and husband (the reason I started the fitness odyssey in the first place).

As the kids get older, my time gets shorter, and I stumbled across a program called Crossfit and subsequently Crossfit Endurance.  With Crossfit Endurance, I’ve trained far less (I’d love to do more), and have set personal records at every distance that I’ve attempted since.  I feel better, stronger, and virtually all of the aches and pains that I had with LSD (long slow distance – or traditional endurance) training have disappeared.

I”ve had a few people asked where I was when I got started, here’s one for prosperity:
Since I don’t have many pictures of myself, here’s a fairly recent one:
You can find my personal Blog here
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