“Growing up in Ohio, I’ve played hockey for as long as I can remember. From the streets to the ice, to indoors on the inline “ice,” I played hockey any way I could. By the time I was in high school I played in 21 and over adult leagues as a 14 year-old freshmen. I also participated in multiple Ironman Hockey Tournaments; these are tournaments in which games take place back-to-back until a victor is finally established.
I joined the Army on November 8th 2005 and am still currently serving. In my 12 years of service I have been on a virtual fitness and nutrition roller coaster. First, I started learning anything and everything about bodybuilding, carbohydrate back loading and building mass. I’ve been a member of the 1000lb. club more times than I can count.
After being challenged to a Tough Mudder obstacle course in 2013 and finding out I had NO endurance, I changed my game plan in both my fitness and nutrition regime. Since then, I have ran everything from 5ks, to half and full marathons to an ultra-marathon. While I was stationed in Italy with the 173rd Airborne, I even ran for 24 hours during the traditional Running of the Herd. In 2014 I ran all three lengths of the Spartan Race in one day (30+ Miles of Obstacles).
After I met my wife Karyann, in January of 2015, she introduced me to GORUCK; military-based team endurance events of various lengths (never a race), where cadre build each class into a team through various conditions of mental and physical exhaustion. By the end of 2015, I had completed a Light, a Tough, and 2, 24-hour/40+ mile GORUCK Heavy events.
Between my wife’s influence and GORUCK, my dream of becoming a Special Forces Green Beret was revitalized. After training hard for six months, I attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) in January of 2016. Although after making it all 19 days but ultimately not selected, I came out a different man. I now knew my limits. I understood that my body could handle working out sometimes four times a day and allow me to keep up the pace for four or five more days before I needed to rest. However, I also found out that my calves ARE ALWAYS SORE!
Cue my introduction with FitGrit Rx. As one can imagine, I came home completely whooped from Selection. Right after I returned home, my wife just happened to have samples of FitGrit for me to try, as part of a marketing test group for the product. Although I’m not usually the one to take anything for pain and soreness, I agreed to be a guinea pig and try the stuff out. Since then, I would argue that, aside from Leslie and Andrew, my wife and I are FitGrit’s biggest fans. I used FitGrit mainly on my legs and calves and could immediately tell the difference in how sore I was before and after usage.
Once I got back into the swing of things, my wife has since re-introduced me to CrossFit. [During my 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, my buddy introduced me to it and taught me the basics and I trained in that discipline until I came home. Unfortunately, three years of stagnant CrossFit knowledge didn’t translate so I started from scratch.]
After only four months, I came in 3rd place at my first CrossFit competition, The Iron Clash, hosted by my wife and I’s [former] box, Iron Forged Athletics…and you better believe that between every WOD I was applying FitGrit Rx. FitGrit also happened to be a big sponsor of the competition, and I was happy to be an ambassador of sorts for the brand.”
***UPDATE: Aaron competed in 2017’s Iron Clash as FitGrit Rx’s sponsored athlete and made us proud taking 1st Place in Men’s Scaled Division! During the 2-day event, he rubbed down with FG between every WOD (7 in all) and contributes his quick recovery in between every event to FitGrit Rx.