Why I Created CHEP
I have been passionate about health, fitness, and peak performance for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my mom constantly had me in the kitchen helping prepare our family’s meals. I grew up health conscious and incredibly competitive.
Knowing that I would need a scholarship to attend college, I poured all of my energy into my swimming career. I sought every avenue available to maximize my performance in the pool. I would spend every morning in the pool, every afternoon in the pool, and after practice I would go to the gym to lift. I knew enough to know training wasn’t the only variable in the equation and that my fuel (nutrition) and my supplementation could be equally as important.
From the time I started my junior year of highschool, I prepped every single meal and meticulously researched supplements. Peak performance and optimal health became a way of life for me.
In 2015, my father passed away during his first triathlon. Before he passed he had made leaps and strides with his own health. He had made enough progress to be able to eliminate blood pressure and blood sugar medication. But unfortunately, he had underlying damage to his body from constant eating out due to years of a demanding work-travel schedule.
Fast forward to today, I’ve run a 100-mile ultramarathon, a 50-mile ultramarathon, two Ironman triathlons, countless half-Ironmans, countless marathons, and have competed in CrossFit and Bodybuilding with winning records in both. I would have never been able to do any of this without my knowledge in nutrition and supplementation.
My goal with CHEP is to educate. Most importantly to educate on the dangers of poor diet, to minimize premature deaths like what happened to my father. But also educate on how to achieve your own peak performance, optimal health, and how you can take actionable steps to achieve your dreams.
My career in swimming lasted over ten years and was the root cause for my desire to achieve peak performance. At the end of my career I was an All-American, I helped our team to three State Championships, I was a six-time State Champ in relay events, and I managed to sneak into a second and third place in two individual events.
My second place finish was captured on this YouTube video, where I finished behind Jake Pearce who just crushed the state record.
Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, and Triathlons
While I poured everything I could into swimming in high school, I eventually received an academic scholarship from the University of Tulsa that I could just not refuse.
I knew that I had to find another avenue for my competitive nature. Since I loved the time that I spent lifting in the gym bodybuilding and powerlifting seemed like the logical path. I competed once in powerlifting and several times in bodybuilding.
I won several bodybuilding competitions as a teenager, and tried to transition to physique competitions once I turned twenty. I loved the way that I looked on stage, but the yo-yo aspect of dieting for a competition and the weight gain after the competition were very hard on me mentally and just didn’t fit in with my picture of optimal health.
My last competition (see pic) was the NPC Grand Prix Oklahoma!
While I spent all of this time in the college gym, I met Zack (our Chief Technology Officer) and Caleb (our Chief Research Officer) and they eventually invited me to participate in their triathlon training because of my swimming background.
I reluctantly started training with them, but as our friendships developed training became more fun. I finished both two-full Ironman Triathlons with Zack and Caleb. Caleb ran the 100-mile ultramarathon with me, and together we have put thousands of miles on the pavement, tens of thousands of miles on the bike, and hundreds of miles in the pool.
CrossFit and Taekwondo
While I still compete in triathlons and ultramarathons, my focus has shifted to CrossFit and Taekwondo.
I train CrossFit most every day of the week, and train for Taekwondo three days per week. I crave the atmosphere in the CrossFit gym. Everyone there is on a journey to become the best version of themselves and incredibly goal oriented. As I experience the “working world” surrounding myself with these types of individuals is a breath of fresh air.
I love the challenge that CrossFit brings me, combining strength, endurance, gymnastics and several other athletic aspects in a single location.
At Taekwondo we focus on the five tenets of taekwondo: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. The focus on these tenets have brought them into my life and have made me a better person. All while learning how to manipulate my body, increase my flexibility, and become quick and powerful.
These athletic endeavours have shaped a large portion of the person who I am today. I love to constantly challenge myself and strive to be the best version of myself.
My undergraduate degree is from the University of Tulsa. At TU, I studied Chemical Engineering, minored in mathematics, and met most pre-med requirements.
My desire to understand the human body led me to conduct research at TU and eventually led to a research position at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation where I researched the genetic basis for rare autoimmune disorders and eventually gave presentations the national levels, and even gave a TEDx Presentation on the subject!
I received my Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. I worked tirelessly on this degree while working full-time for MPLX.
Since I was sixteen years old, I have been involved coaching in some aspect or another. I started by instructing swim lessons and eventually moved into coaching swimming. I have coached over five-hundred children how to swim, and have helped hundreds of others become more proficient swimmers.
During college, I received my ISSA Personal Training Certification and my CrossFit CF-L1. I provided personal training for dozens of individuals and instructed CrossFit to hundreds for a period of over two years.
I have spent the past several years at MPLX where I am a Chemical Engineer who focuses on Process Safety Management. I have been the lead engineer on the development of a multi-million dollar project.
Prior to MPLX, I worked at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in the Clinical Immunology Lab, where I was a genetic researcher.