Member of the Month: March

Member of the Month: March

I remember when I first met Fitz during my days of Camp Gladiator. He was a quiet hard working beast and it was his work ethic that set him apart from everyone and since joining our family, that same drive to be the best never ended. From killing the WOD to then running a mile after the WOD, this guy is truly a first class BEAST! Here he is:

Tell us about yourself:

I am 33 years of age, married to the love of my life, and blessed with two beautiful babies. Angela and I have been together for 10 years and live in Midlothian. We have been married for 9 1/2 years. We have one 4 year old girl named Cailyn and one 8 year old boy named Carter. I met Angela when I was starting the Police Academy in 2004. Angela is an Elementary Counselor and my cousin introduced us. The rest was history… My Law Enforcement career started like any other green horn rookie assigned to patrol. I worked deep nights with the City of Red Oak. Through the first couple of years I was immediately hooked into the tactical world and joined the SWAT Team. I have thousands of hours of tactical training. Along with being an operator for the entry team I received my Sniper certification. My tenure with Red Oak PD laid down the ground work for the rest of my career in Law Enforcement.

Fast forward five years to 2009 and Sheriff Johnny Brown offered me a job into investigations at the Sheriff’s Office. I was assigned to burglary working the west district of the county. Since I am Midlothianian I was elated to be able to work my hometown area. In 2011 I was given an opportunity to take over the Crimes Against Person division working Robbery/Homicide. I was nervous to branch out of burglary but as I look back I am so glad I did. Since 2011 I have been involved in multiple major cases and homicides.

Now, here’s where my health went downhill. The transition from patrol to investigations, along with bad influences, added 40 pounds. It was nothing for me to drink and bust a squares with the boys during the work week. Yes, I was active on Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team but I ate unhealthy, smoked, and drank regularly. As time progressed I found myself disgusted and depressed with my body. After I saw I picture of myself on the beach in 2011 I decided I was going to change my entire lifestyle full circle. I immediately started running and saw the pounds fall off. With as much running as I was doing I ran all the muscle off of my body. In November 2012 I was introduced to Camp Gladiator. During my time with CG I met Vernard. I was 5 AM’er and V taught the Thursday 5 Am camp. That hour with V was always the hardest workout.

November 2013, I plateaued with CG. I had a hydrostatic body fat test and my BFI was 14.4 percent @ 185 pounds. I had heard about Crossfit and reached out to some old CG members and asked about V’s gym. These folks were more than welcoming and in late November 2013 I joined All or Nothing Crossfit

What has been your experience with ANCF:

All or Nothing immediately humbled me. I thought I was an elite athlete till I started doing V & T’s WODS. Never lifting weights, learning the movements, and fighting through the soreness has been challenging to say the least. With that said, I love the outcome from the soreness.

What is your most embarrassing moment:

I have two (2) embarrassing moments with ANCF. Number one don’t question V’s WODS. Unless he tells you don’t scale up or ask. I don’t remember all the movements in this WOD but I told V I felt I needed to scale up to 30 inches on box jumps instead of doing the prescribed 24 inches. He immediately humbled me, AGAIN, and I paid for it during the WOD.

The second embarrassing moment was during a WOD. Chris and I usually lose our shirts pretty quick. I was pouring sweat and my nose was running. Not realizing I grabbed Chris’s shirt blew my nose and used his shirt to wipe the sweat off of my body. Chris noticed and we both laughed and kept going in our WOD.

In conclusion, ANCF has started a fire in my heart to take my abilities to the next level. As stated earlier in the bio November 2013 I was 14.4 percent body fat. I recently had my BFI again, March11th, 2014 and was at 12.6 weighing 180 pounds. I cannot thank V & T enough for their continued support and great programming…

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Mom wrote:
So proud of all your hard work. You have come a long way since high school. Bet people are in awe when they see you!

Wed, April 2, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

2. Gayle Hodges wrote:
Joey...aka Fitz...I'm so proud of you. You are an inspiration to all of us and, trust me, we all need inspiration. More importantly, you are providing a beautiful example for your babies. Glad you are part of my family!

Wed, April 2, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

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