Craig's involvement in strength and conditioning began with a set of plastic coated cement weights in sixth grade and has developed constantly since then through years of research and application in environments ranging from six years in Naval Special Warfare to his own fitness business located in South Dakota to his work here with Rogue.
A crushingly poor performance on that plastic weight set as a kid started Craig on an obsessive path of assimilating fitness knowledge and implementing it into his training. By the end of high school he was coaching a small group of people and had enlisted in the Navy with plans of going into Special Operations on the assumption that the mental capacity revealed and developed here would matter more than simple strength numbers in the weight room.
After barely learning to swim in boot camp and two and a half years in the selection pipeline, Craig became a member of SWCC, a branch of Naval Special Warfare.
SWCC is a physically destructive occupation, requiring heavy loads of body armor, night vision and weapons to be worn on small high speed jet boats slamming through waves with impacts as high as 20 G's. These off-balance impacts can break bones and frequently cut SWCC careers short. A significant aspect of the training philosophy Craig developed revolved around building the resilience and injury resistance of the body.
Craig's involvement in physical training continued and what began as an informal group of people training with him became an official capacity. Eventually Craig developed training programs for members of other Special Ops groups on three different continents as well as the Americans he deployed with.
Throughout this time, Craig and his colleagues took advantage of their physical capability by going on side trips for various outdoor pursuits, eventually summiting Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kenya, trekking to the base camp of Mt. Everest and regularly climbing, surfing, biking and snowboarding.
Eventually this led to a series of principles underlying Craig's training philosophy. Movement quality matters more than quantity. Physical strength is ultimately determined in the mind. The things we do in the gym should be to facilitate our activities in the outside world.
After getting out of the military, Craig opened his own fitness business in South Dakota, which now has two locations on either side of the state. He now divides his time between those, Rogue, and various overseas projects.