Who we are

What is 22Fitness?

22Fitness is a calisthenic group exercise class created by a veteran for veterans, to encourage them to continue exercising in an effort to help combat the effects of PTSD and depression.

How does exercise help?

PTSD is associated with higher risk for experiencing depression. When people are depressed, they may experience low motivation, low energy, and have a tendency to isolate themselves. All these symptoms can lead to thoughts of harming ones self and 22 fitness is dedicated to reaching out to veterans by providing a healthy outlet to blow off steam.
exercise has several mental health benefits. exercise can reduce anxiety and depression. Improve mental clarity, and help stabilize ones mood. All problems experienced by people with PTSD.

What if I’m not a Veteran?

JOIN US! Everyone has experienced some form of trauma in life, everyone gets depressed. We are all human and we all need each other. So let’s all become UNBREAKABLE together! Not to mention we value your support!

 

Author: 22fitness

I am a South Milwaukee native, I graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 2002. Upon Graduating I joined the United States Army as an Airborne Indirect Fire Infantryman. Where I served over 8 years and 2 Combat deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

In June 28th, 2005 I was awarded the Purple Heart. From being wounded in action when a roadside bomb struck our HUMVEE. From there I continued my career and deployed again to Iraq from May 2007 to August 2008 to take part in what has been named “The Surge”. Throughout my career, I achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and received numerous awards and accommodations. 

Upon exiting the service I found myself battling severe PTSD, depression, and anxiety. 
after losing my own brother to suicide in December of 2015. I became an advocate for people suffering from mental illness. In August of 2016, I marched 22 miles across Milwaukee county in an effort to raise suicide awareness. After the walk, I went on to find “22 Fitness” a free fitness program dedicated to helping those that struggle with PTSD and Depression. Throughout the year I host several 22-mile walks, and community workouts, and several public speaking engagements, to continue to generate awareness of the mental health issues within our communities. 

I am currently the Manager of Operations for Commercial Recycling Division, Goodwill industries of southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago. 

I am married to my high school sweetheart. Together we have 3 daughters and reside in Hales Corners Wisconsin. 


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