Alex started his fitness/wellness journey with a desire to live a healthy lifestyle after some family health issues made him concerned about his own health in the future. He came to find out about CrossFit while at a traditional gym, learning about it from one of the trainers, who also happened to be a member at a CrossFit gym in the Toledo, Ohio area. He jumped right in and fell in love with everything, changing his life in a way a lot of members of the CrossFit community have come to understand. That led him to pursue his CrossFit Level 1 Certificate with the hopes of bettering himself as an athlete. In doing so, it led him to realize he had a passion and desire to help others along the same journey to health and wellness. He was lucky enough to coach part time at the gym, but he still felt unsatisfied in his career in the sports marketing world. When the opportunity to coach full-time became a reality it was one he wouldn't pass up. Even though he was a little scared at the prospect of a major career/life change it was a change and opportunity that he is grateful for each and every day and has helped shape his life and future in such an amazingly positive way!
Thomas was born in Paris, France, and moved to the United Sates in 2009, after a colorful military history. He joined the French army after high school and served in the scout unit of the Marine Expeditionary Force. Thomas spent the next eight years as a sniper and signals expert in military intelligence. After suffering what he calls “a couple of injuries,” he also spent time as an instructor. Then, after 12 years of service, and multiple combat tours, Thomas moved to the midwest to pursue a Masters degree at Bowling Green State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, where he currently teaches French. A former rugby player and college cheerleading coach, Thomas discovered CrossFit in January 2015. After several coaching and training certifications, Thomas eventually became a yoga teacher and group fitness instructor, before coming back to his first and true passion, CrossFit, and then joined Wolverine Strength and Conditioning. When he is not at the gym or at school, Thomas enjoys spending time with his French bulldog puppy, Molière, watching new movies and TV series, and experimenting with new cooking recipes.