- CrossFit Level I Certified, 2011 & 2016
- CrossFit Endurance Certified, 2011
- Tough Mudder Competitor, 2011
- Olympic Lifting Seminar with Chad Edwards, 2011
- Judge at the Carolina Fitness Challenge, 2011
- CrossFit Goal Setting Course with Greg Amundson, 2012
- CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar, 2012
Shea has always enjoyed physical activity, games, and exercise. A survivor of countless monkey bar accidents, tree-climbing falls, and glorious bicycle wipeouts, Shea spent his childhood playing outside. Amidst the strange and awkward curriculum of his middle school physical education teachers (which also included bowling and square-dancing), Shea got his first taste of iron, and has loved lifting ever since.
Shea is an avid mountain biker, a serious cook and gardener, has a MFA in visual art, and loves olympic weightlifting. CrossFit trains us to improve at all physical skills and abilities, in a variety of circumstances, distances, and weights, and this broad and generalist approach is what draws Shea to CrossFit.
Shea started CrossFit alone, in a basement gym, with no coaches other than main-site videos and CrossFit journal articles. After beginning to attend classes at an affiliate, Shea realized how crucially important the aspect of coaching and community is to CrossFit. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program; You’ll improve your power, speed, and body composition. However, some of the less obvious benefits are the feeling of development you get after the feedback of an observant and sensitive coach helps you set a new personal record, or the camaraderie that develops through the shared experience of a grueling workout. Shea has a lifelong interest and investment in education, having taught college and high school art, and as a coach, his goals are to balance athletic development with fun, and intensity with technical mastery.