Israel was in the military for 4 years; 2 years as a search and rescue swimmer, 2 years in Navy Seal training. He started personal training in 2010 and set 2 national records in powerlifting. Then, in 2011 Israel became a strength and conditioning coach for local athletes. In 2012 he decided to start training CrossFit. Israel is a certified CrossFit instructor, and has been instructing since January of 2013. Since then, he has competed in 5 different CrossFit comps all over the northeast and continues to compete to this day.