Coach Brett was born and raised in San Jose and although he enjoys spending time outside and the outdoors, he has never really strayed far from home base (he’s lived within 1 mile of the house he was brought home to his whole life). He grew up in a house with 6 kids (five boys and one girl), which meant constant action and competition and even some controlled chaos (just like a good CrossFit class). He trained in Tae Kwon Do for 14 years (instructing for 13 of them), earned the rank of 5th-degree black belt and learned a lot about responsibility, focused training and discipline in the process. He’s also the kind of guy that loves to take on a challenge and learn a new skill, whether it’s juggling, archery, even Ballet or unicycling (his current new skill of choice). On top of all of this, he’s the kind of person that has a thirst for knowledge and loves learning new things so that he can help others achieve their goals.
It’s no wonder coaching is the perfect occupation for him and we absolutely love that we’ve been able to add him to our staff here at Cróga! Check out his Q&A to find out more about Coach Brett.
Tell us a little bit about your family, job, and interests:
CrossFit coach, youngest of 6 kids (5 boys and one girl), I enjoy going outdoors, having adventures, and learning things that I have always been interested in. The list so far includes tap dancing, ballet, juggling, unicycling (in progress), kite flying, archery, tae kwon do, krav maga, telling jokes, cooking, eating, sleeping, CrossFit, and last but not least, playing with my dog, Cake (One of these things is not true. Guess which one correctly and you get a prize. Guess wrong…10 burpees!).
What was your athletic background before you started CrossFit?
I trained in Tae Kwon Do for 14 years and earned the rank of 5th-degree black belt. Taught for 13 of those years and was the chief instructor for over 11 years. Played baseball for 10 years as a kid (huge mistake, so boring). I also played volleyball in High School, I like to jump! =)
Why/how did you get started with CrossFit?
I got the most out of shape of my life. Teaching every day did not include training every day and that eventually caught up to me. The apartment my wife and I were living in at the time was right behind CrossFit Almaden and after watching them throw weights around outside every Saturday for about a month, I finally walked over and got started.
What made you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
Truthfully, I just wanted a key to the gym so I could work out whenever I wanted. True story. After a few months of coaching though, I realized I would be able to help people reach their goals in a new and challenging format. I love martial arts immensely but after a decade of teaching, I needed a change and coaching CrossFit was the perfect fit.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
There is actually video footage of me at 4 years old saying “I want to be a karate guy when I grow up.” To this day, I still believe I was speaking prophetically because I had NEVER done martial arts, only watched the ninja turtles, and would not even try it until I was 17.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
A bird. Less traffic.
What is the one food that you could never give up?
I will die with Taco Bell in my belly…and probably on my face.
“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill