I have to admit I resisted CrossFit for a long time. I worked out on my own at a “globo-gym” several days a week and was content with my fitness level. My brother Mike Ward, a CrossFit gym owner, athlete and coach was relentless in getting me to give CrossFit a try. My first WOD was “Baseline” at CFNM back in March of 2011, and it wrecked me! I realized then that I was not in as good of shape as I thought, and that my potential had not yet been realized.
I was born and raised in Novato, attended Marin Catholic and was a competitive athlete playing football and baseball. I went on to college and attended The University of Oregon; returned home and got my Masters/Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University and began my journey as a lifelong educator.
As years went by, my competitive drive dwindled. CrossFit brought it back. I had no idea how much I missed competition. I began recording my WOD times and numbers on my lifts. I wanted to beat the person next to me…I wanted to beat myself. As time passed, I became more and more passionate about CrossFit, and in 2012 I decided to get CrossFit Level 1 Certified so I could share my passion for CrossFit with others.
Coaching has made me a better CrossFitter and continues to drive my passion for helping others reach their potential and improve their technique. I get so fired up to watch people get after it and push themselves past their comfort zone. The community aspect of CrossFit, along with the healthy lifestyle, has been amazing for me and my family.
When I’m not CrossFitting I love to pursue my other passions, which include: surfing, skateboarding, mountain biking, running, swimming, wakeboarding, and playing guitar. Most importantly, I love hanging with my family: my wife, Jordan (who also CrossFits/coaches) my daughter, Rowan, and my son, Asher.
Favorite CrossFit WOD: I prefer met-cons or chippers; the WOD’s that are 20 minutes or more that you mentally and physically have to battle. With that being said, I am going to say “Linda” is one of my favorites.
Goat: Shoulder to OH, I’ve always struggled with this. Not so much the movement itself, but the strength aspect of it. I have found that good old fashioned strict press at least once a week has helped.
Daily CrossFit Go-to site: The number of sites out there are overwhelming. I don’t really have a favorite. I like to visit the sites of other boxes to see what they are programing or blogging about. Almost every night, without fail, I check out CFNM, Crossfit 38° North, The Outlaw Way, CrossFit Main site, and the NorCal Lab.
Favorite Cheat Food: This is an unfair question because it’s pretty much impossible to list just one, so I’ll give you several: pizza, french fries, Kettle chips, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. When I go, I go big!
Favorite CrossFit Athlete: Jason Khalipa. He’s local (NorCal), straight forward, funny,honest, and he explains things very well. According to Jason, there are no secrets to his training. I remember a specific quote of his. When asked what the secret is behind his success in The Games, he said, “There’s no secret bro. You just have to train as hard and as intense as humanly possible every time you do a workout—then go back and do it again later that day.” He’s all about intensity and I love that. I think of that quote almost every time I workout.