"Four years ago my father had a stroke at the age of 68. Sitting next to my father in the emergency department waiting for him to be transported by helicopter to Philadelphia, it was at that moment I realized I had to make a change. At the young age of 39, I was overweight, on blood pressure, anxiety, and depression meds. Growing up, I ran track and cross country. My best mile time was 4:36, I won the district 1 championship and placed 16th in the state of Pennsylvania in cross country. The over weight, anxiety ridden , depressed person I had become was not what I wanted my children to grow up around. I didn't feel like I was being a great role model for them to look up to.
After that incident, I started to workout, change my diet, and ran my first 5K in almost 10 years. That same day, my kids ran the 1 mile fun run and fell in love with running. Over the next year I continued to workout and eat properly, and my kids continued to run in local running events usually placing first in their age group! Something was still missing, I missed competing so I decided to give Crossfit a try. I instantly fell in love with Crossfit and started to notice an amazing transformation in my body and mind.
Still wanting more, I decided to work with a personal coach that could really dial in and focus on my weaknesses. I found Emily at OPEX Upper Main Line. Our first meeting included an hour long conversation about my health history, challenges, and goals. I told her the story of my father and my struggles with weight and depression. From day one I felt that Emily understood where I was coming from and where I wanted to be. This level of understanding and caring is something I could never find in a “standard gym”. Emily has taken my fitness and mental toughness to a new level. I have never felt so strong, fast and confident.
As I continue to train at OPEX Upper Main Line, my kids have become more involved with competitive running, so I recently decided to start a recreational summer track program with a friend of mine. In a very short period of time, our program has grown to 175 kids and 30 volunteers. Just recently, my kids joined a competitive United States Track and Field team, the Hershey Blaze, and have qualified for the National Junior Olympics in both track and cross country. I have taken the position of distance coach for the Hershey Blaze for the Hershey and King of Prussia locations and starting this fall will be starting a location in Berks County. Training at OPEX has not only set me up to a great role model for my children, but also gives me the strength, endurance and energy to keep up with them, and help them reach their running goals. I really cannot say enough about the coaching and relationships that I have built at OPEX Upper Main Line. It has changed the game not only for me as a client, but as a better father for my family."