“I’ve come to learn that just because something feels hard it doesn't mean it's impossible and that the strongest approach we can take is to lean into the challenge, push through with grace, and trust in our ability to succeed.”
Tell us about your early roots in your practice of choice
When I first moved to Michigan as a teen, I was looking for a community of my own. During my first few weeks at my new high school, I joined up with 6 other guys to form a running group. We ran together daily and kept it up all throughout our high school years, forming our own micro-community around this shared passion.
What inspires you in your practice?
I’m most inspired by my high school coach who led our running group; I consider him the most impactful menor in my wellness journey. He instilled in me the confidence I might not have seen in myself at the time, pushed me to expand my limits, and taught me the importance of community, up until his final days.
What are valuable lessons learned from your training?
The mental fortitude that comes with distance running has given me the ability to put myself in uncomfortable situations in life and to trust the process. I’ve come to learn that just because something feels hard it doesn't mean it's impossible and that the strongest approach we can take is to lean into the challenge, push through with grace, and trust in our ability to succeed.
What are some other classes you enjoy at Rise?
TURF PFX with Robin
What does social wellness mean to you?
The most important part of social wellness to me is the aspect of inclusion. When I first moved to NY, I was working out solo, and my practice was purely motivated by my desire to stay physically fit. Over time as I’ve branched out, I've learned that aligning with a fitness community can provide so much more than physical returns, but valuable social returns as well. Now, most of my friends come from my fitness community!