Tola grew up in Columbia, MD, playing a variety of sports, including gymnastics, football, wrestling, and track & field. He went on to wrestle at West Virginia University IT, D1-NAIA, for two years before starting CrossFit. He started CrossFit in 2013, then began competing and coaching in 2014.
- 2016 Reebok CrossFit Regionals competitor (10th, team)
- 2015-2016 GRID athlete, Boston Iron – youngest active player
- 2016 All-Grid Team
- 2016 MAAC (2nd, elite-team)
- Hardbat Holiday Classic (2nd, elite-team)