Dirk is one of the owners at Recursive! Read on to learn a bit more about how Recursive came to be!

Years at Recursive: since opening in spring 2014, it has been an idea and dream of mine for years before that
Years Coaching: Since February 2012
Certified CrossFit Trainer/CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach
CrossFit Movement and Mobility Trainer
CrossFit Strongman Trainer
CrossFit Gymnastics Trainer
CrossFit Coach’s Prep Course
CrossFit Kids Trainer
CrossFit Rowing Trainer
MovNat Certified Trainer Level 1
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified

Color: Orange
TV Show: Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Movie: Equilibrium
Food: Tacos
Candy: Mr. Good Bar
Book: A Sand County Almanac
CrossFit Movement: Power Clean
Song to Workout to: Anything by Angels and Airwaves

If you work outside of the gym, what do you do?
I started as a Systems Administrator, then opened the gym. Since then I have dabbled in programming of fitness equipment monitors and went back to school to be an EMT. I work part-time outside of the gym as a Medical Support Specialist for an urgent care clinic and I just started classes to become a Nurse Practitioner. Helping people live their best lives is a passion of mine.

Did you participate in high school or college sports (or after college)?
My high school claim to fame in lettering all four years in curling.

When and why did you start CrossFitting?
I was looking for a way to get in shape and the Prairie Athletic Club had a special room for CrossFit. That’s where I started. It was obvious very early on that I needed a way to learn more about this and bring it to more people in a safe and nurturing community environment.

Why did you decide to become a CrossFit Coach?
CrossFit was new to the area and there weren’t a lot of great opportunities as an athlete. I wanted to help it grow in the area, but I wanted to make sure it was done right. Good coaching, supportive community, solid movement. I wanted to make sure that people were learning about CorssFit, but also take away the stigma of it being too hard core, full of injuries, and puke buckets in the gym.

What is your favorite thing about Recursive?
The people are what really makes Recursive special. I know it sounds cliche, and everyone says it, but when you own a business, you have to surround yourself with great people.

What is your favorite Recursive memory?
Rina Strong was a really great (and emotional) event. We truly care about our members and their families. Recursive is our life, and by extension, the people in it are our family.

What is one of your proudest Recursive Coaching moments?
I don’t enjoy competing personally, but I do really love helping an athlete in a competition – especially their first one. I like knowing that to say to keep the athlete calm, or to pump them up. I love the competitive workout strategy. I love pre- and post-workout nutrition and recovery.

How has Recursive changed your life?
In every way possible. There have been incredible highs and deep lows over the years. The past year has certainly been a struggle, but we learned a lot and are still here!

What is something else fun you’d like to share about yourself?
Many years ago, I was at a dog show and saw the Irish Wolfhound breed for the first time. It took many years, but every since then I wanted to get an Irish Wolfhound – many of our first members remember the days when Edrick roamed the gym!

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