Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical–University of Arkansas Monticello,
Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist-Cooper Institute Dallas Tx.,
Certified Fire Service Peer Fitness Trainer-ACE (American Council of Exercise,
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1),
American Heart Association CPR and AED certified
I have a background in sports and athletics that goes back to my high school days. I played basketball in college at the University at Arkansas at Monticello where I obtained a BS in education with emphasis on physical education. After college I continued my athletics with rugby and softball. Fitness and exercise have always been a part of my life. I found Crossfit in 2008 while in the training division at Little Rock Fire Department where I’m a Captain/Firefighter. I was trying to implement a fitness program into our recruit training program. This is when I fell in love with Crossfit. I found Wellness Revolution when they first opened the doors and have been here from the beginning.
I started coaching at Wellness Revolution in 2015, I wanted to give back what I was able to learn from my coaches. I believe the environment at Wellness Revolution has everything it takes to make healthy, fit, strong, and confident individual. I want everyone in my class to walk out a little better than they walked in. My aim is to promote each individual athlete to develop their talent, self-image, and walk out with a feeling of accomplishment. I will obtain this through reassurance and motivation along with teaching them the fundamentals and skills to be successful.
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it — but all that had gone before.” – Gregg Popovich
“I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust. I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.” – Ovid
My coaching philosophy is simple and significant – Crossfit is hard work and it will only get harder as you get better at it, but through this this hard work, I guarantee you that you will trade years of fragility for years of youth.
Basketball and swim team from 12-18 and Globo Gym member from 18-26. I started Crossfit in 2013. I still do curls from time to time.
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) – 2016
Karl Malone once complimented my swimming technique.
Grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana all my life playing sports starting around the age of 3. My competitive drive and father’s work ethic made me put full effort into every sport I tried growing up. I played soccer, baseball, wrestling, basketball, football, and track. I’ve been a traveling husband since August 2010. My wife, Jessie, is currently in Fellowship at UAMS. We have lived in Kansas City, MO / Columbia, MO / currently in Little Rock with all you lovely people.
You could call me an old man when it comes to doing CrossFit (since September 2009). Found CrossFit after being burnt out from long distance running and globo gym routine. I was trying to find that competitive edge & drive again I had when I played sports growing up. I’ve never looked back and have enjoyed the journey we call CrossFit.
Ever since I’ve found CrossFit in 2009, I have had the urge to spread the word of fitness to people every place I’ve landed. The influence it makes on us outside the box is what truly makes it special. The improved health and wellness CrossFit gives me and others today are an amazing feat. We have never seen this type of impact in the fitness industry. The simplicity and effectiveness is mind-blowing and coaching people to see them achieve what they never thought was possible is my true passion for coaching CrossFit.
Set goals. Set them high. You may not reach them, but I bet you accomplish something you never thought you could in the process. It never gets easier in CrossFit, but I can guarantee it gets less hard over time. I feel honored to join you on your journey here at WRCF and can’t wait to see you work your butt off every single day you walk into the gym.
Favorite WOD: “Amanda”
Least Favorite WOD: “The Seven”
WOD Music: Rick Ross (Lifting) / Beastie Boys (WOD)
Nicknames: Mitch, Sr. / Mitchy Moo / Mitch Froning
Loves: Beautiful wife, Jessie / Cats / PRs / Traveling
Blast Fitness (Indy) L-1 trainer – April 2010 to August 2010
CrossFit on 18th L-1 trainer – 2010 to 2012
Former Owner/Trainer of CrossFit Memorial Hill (Kansas City, MO) – Sept 2012 to July 2014
Assistant Manager/Facilities Maintenance of CrossFit Fringe – December 2014 to June 2018
CrossFit L-1 Trainer – Original April 2010; Recertified May 2015
CrossFit L-2 Trainer – September 2017
Outlaw Way (Para Bellum Series) Camp
FuBarbell Seminar (Host/Participant)
PREVIOUS ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE
Childhood – competitive soccer player (until age 15), basketball, baseball, football
High School – football/track
College – football/track
Ran multiple 5ks, half marathons and adventure races
Ben Davis High School – 2005 (Honors)
Ivy Tech C.C. (Indy) – Associates – Public Safety (Concentration: Fire Science) – 2010
Coached by a national strength & conditioning coach winner in high school (2003-2005)
High School State Champion (Football – Class 5A – 2003)
Mental Attitude Award Winner – 2005 (High School Football)
NCAC Conference Champion – 2006 (D-III Football)
Ran three half marathons (PR = 1:46 = less running volume and more CrossFit!)
Participated in every single CrossFit Games Open (since 2011)
Finished Top 10% in my region (Central East & North Central) multiple CrossFit Opens since 2011
Participated in MANY CrossFit Competitions since 2011
2017 HOA Competition – Scaled – 3rd Place
I believe in working hard, pushing yourself, setting goals, and no excuses. I believe a little or sometimes a lot of sweat will make the rest of your day much better. Helping people push past their perceived limits and accomplish things they didn’t know were possible is what drives me as a coach. I will be the voice in your head telling you, you can do it when you are telling yourself you can’t. We are all much more powerful than we think we are. I don’t care how big or small your goal is. I know you can reach it and I want to help you do it!
Before I found Crossfit in 2012, I was an avid runner and triathlete. I loved pushing myself to race a little faster and a little longer. I originally started Crossfit to become a better triathlete, but once I started; I was hooked. I began coaching in 2014, and have loved every minute of it. In 2015, I was able to get my Crossfit Endurance certification which teaches endurance athletes the proper techniques and training methods to reduce injuries.
Previous Athletic Experience
LR Catholic High School Soccer
University of Arkansas Rugby – Fly Half
BS –Transportation and Logistics – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Little Rock Catholic High School – 1997
Many different races including, 5 half -marathons, adventure-races, trail-runs up to 25k, triathlons – sprint distance up to 50 miles.
As a coach I strive to make a positive difference in my athlete’s lives. I believe in giving back what I continually learn from my coaches and in sharing the knowledge I have to develop my athlete’s physically, mentally, and emotionally.
For as long as I can remember I have been involved in sports. I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team, working toward a common goal, and accomplishing things I never thought possible. But if you had told me a few years ago that I would soon find a passion for coaching and doing CrossFit – I never would have believed you.
In 2014 a coworker convinced me to come to Wellness Revolution CrossFit to try a class. I remember walking through the doors, seeing everyone working out and thinking, “how will I ever keep up?” Even with a lifelong background in sports I couldn’t imagine doing everything I saw. I left that first day feeling exhausted and terrified to come back. But I kept coming.
After a few classes and talking with the coaches and other athletes I realized it wasn’t about “keeping up.” I saw members of all ages doing the same workouts, and whether a movement was scaled or not they were always all cheering each other on. CrossFit is not about being as good as the person next to you, it’s about being better than you were yesterday. Once I figured that much out there was no going back, I was hooked!
In 2015 I decided to get my CrossFit Level 1 Certification and become a coach. I wanted to have the opportunity to give back what I had learned through CrossFit – that every day you can become a stronger version of yourself, and that even on days you aren’t doing your best there is a community of people standing behind you cheering you on.
Perfecting the mechanics of human movement to advance the quality of life. Although each athlete may have different physical goals, the first should be to learn how to move properly. Once established, the application of sound movement patterns into everyday tasks begins the journey of a healthy and happy life.
When I am leading a class or coaching one-on-one, my focus is a fun and productive environment. Using the best results-based training and nutritional principles with a heavy dose of encouragement, accountability, creativity and laughter.
As a kid I loved sports, and gravitated toward new challenges. I discovered early that practice and good coaching made competing much more enjoyable. In college I began a personal training job at a local gym and there I found my passion for helping people reach their fitness goals. In 2011, everything changed one afternoon following my first WOD. Crossfit was exactly what I was looking for. A program that was based on movement and performance not aesthetics. Since then, I have coached individuals that range from young to elderly, college soccer players to soccer moms and everything in between.
NCPT certified 2004
Crossfit L1 2012
USAW L1 2013
Crossfit Movement & Mobility 2014
Crossfit L2 2015