Occupation: Producer /  Editor.

Lift Off Strength Family Member Since: August 2017

How did you get started at Lift Off Strength?

My family moved from Valley Village to Encino last July. After researching through reviews on yelp I found Crossfit Encino. The location was key. Meeting Eric closed the deal.

What kind of results have you seen in your time at LOS?

When I signed up I had been recovering from surgery on my right ankle. After a year or so it still wasn’t 100%. A month later I was running and rolled the other ankle which kept me out of the gym until January 2018. Since then I’ve been in the gym an average of 3 days a week. My ankles and balance are the best they’ve been in years and I’m really seeing improvements all around.

Give us a long-term AND short-term fitness goal: 

My short-term goal is to stay healthy and injury free. My long-term goal is to stay consistent working out at the gym 3-4 days a week or more and get back to swimming on a more regular basis. Would be great to run long distances again too.

What would you tell someone that is on the fence about CrossFit and not sure whether they should give it a try or not?

CrossFit really is for everyone. I’ve been doing it on and off since 2012. The main thing to be aware of is you and knowing what you’re capable. Start slow, if it feels wrong, stop. While its great to be competitive, you don’t have to lift as much as the person next to you unless that’s within your comfort zone.

What is your proudest CrossFit accomplishment thus far?

Staying injury free for the last year! Back in 2012, I was introduced to a thing called “The Whole Life Challenge” that was less diet and more redefining how to fit diet, exercise, mobility, and mindfulness. I quit drinking alcohol, went sugar, grain, and soy free for 8 weeks. It changed my life. I try to live that way now, my love of craft beer makes that difficult at times, and I actually just started doing it again last week.

Tell us something about you that nobody knows, preferably an embarrassing story! 

As a kid, I tap danced for a few years. I was pretty good too. Won some awards even. It wasn’t the easiest thing for an 8 – 10-year-old to show up at tap dance class before a baseball game, in his baseball uniform and not get ridiculed by neighborhood kids riding by.  I always thought Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley were so cool in the movies and they always got the girl! It baffled me that I was ridiculed for it. I consider it a great character builder though!

If you could workout with ANYONE…who would it be and why?

My Dad. I would love to show him that it doesn’t matter how old you are there are things you can do at any age to make you more mobile and stronger.

What do you love most about Lift Off Strength?

Healthy friendly environment.  Great group of folks. Not pretentious at all.