Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I was fortunate enough to grow up with a Father who loved sports and happened to be phenomenal coach as well as having a Mom who was a great cook and highly invested in self-care over frequent Doctor visits. My Dad’s passion for sports and coaching ability helped jumpstart my athletic career in Football, Basketball, and Track while my Mom’s cooking and home remedies helped teach me self-reliance. As I grew up, I frequently encountered coaches who went about things the wrong way with belittling coaching methods which stole my passion for the game. During that time, I also battled many injuries on account of my lack of guidance. Having the joy of sports burned out of me by poor coaching led me to searching for new training methods and lifestyle changes to reignite the flame. Along the way I realized that my stories and experiences could be of use to others who were also struggling with unhappiness in life. This realization is what led me into a career of coaching, healing, and mentoring others.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
The pure euphoria of overcoming obstacles. Whether it’s seeing a client find fulfillment in their lives, beating a personal PR, or completing a team challenge, nothing beats the memories and excitement of seeing yourself and others grow and evolve as people.
How long have you been into fitness?
I’ve been an athlete since I was little and have been coaching for two years now.
How did you get into fitness?
My parents started my passion for fitness when I was young. The small town of Sutter that I grew up in was also heavily into sports which influenced me as a young kid wanting to grow up and compete in the big games like the older kids were doing. I did have several coaches along the way that helped keep me focused even during the downtimes. So overall it was a combination of Friends, Family, Teachers, Environment, and Stubbornness that got me here.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
The turning point for me was after I graduated high school and no longer had a team sport to compete. Not having the competition and team around me created a substantial void in my life and that void led to some serious down times for me. I can’t stand being down for too long so I started exploring for ways to get involved in sports again and that search led me to Personal Training.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness helped get me back on my feet and helped revitalize my joy for life. It has also helped me create many positive and entertaining memories, forge many strong relationships, and mold me into a better and more productive man.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
It sounds simple but just get started with anything, reach out to the experts in the field, and keep moving forward. Any little bit of progress is better than no progress and the real trick with fitness is that it takes time. The habits you start creating today are the ones that will make you a better person a year from now. Don’t fall prey to the 30 day transformation BS because short-term changes are superficial and will not last. Embrace the struggle and enjoy the ride.