Ronnie was a pack-a-day smoker for 13 years. By the time he was 32, he had been on blood pressure medication for 7 years, was terribly out of shape, had 3 young children, and knew he needed to improve his health. In 2010 he signed up for his first race and completed the Marine Corps Marathon 10k. After completing it, he decided to get committed to improving his health. He quit smoking, joined a gym, and continued to run in local 5ks whenever he could. After about a year, although he was feeling much better, he felt his training had become stale and he didn’t feel like he was making much progress. He had been curious about CrossFit but was intimidated and wasn’t sure if he could do it or not. Regardless he decided to take the plunge. In 2012 he joined a CrossFit gym and immediately loved it. The training was challenging and pushed him much further than he thought he could go, but what he was drawn to the most was the CrossFit community and how positive and encouraging the other athletes were to one another. After a few months of CrossFit he became very interested in becoming a CrossFit trainer to help others improve their overall health the way he had been doing himself. He participated in an Instructor Training Program for nearly a year and in 2013 received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate. After becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, he was a regular coach at his box and also become very interested in fitness nutrition. In 2014, he received his certification as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He had been friends with Siggy and Ashley for years and he joined Coal Road CrossFit in December 2014 to be a part of their growth.