Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a child of 6, grew up with a single mother. Started work at an early age, voluntarily. I chose to grow up quick. I wanted to become the support system my mother lacked from my father. I went through a lot obviously, like most people do. My cure became training. It was an outlet, gave me purpose and self-gratification. I got into sports in high school; I joined the track team junior year. Started as an amateur with not much help. I trained myself and began competing at a national level. I took the training program I followed and wanted to apply it to not only athletes but average people who wanted to improve their lives because that’s what training did to me. It made me stronger with my day to day tasks and struggles. I never gave up on a workout and that mindset translated into everything else that became difficult in my life. I refuse to quit and don’t believe in excuses.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
The mental growth. Fitness is all mental for me. As a high performance athlete, I’m constantly finding new challenges. And not physically challenging ones, because those are no longer good enough.
How long have you been into fitness?
How did you get into fitness?
I wanted something for myself. Training became that. It was my own work of art in which I was the artist and I became obsessed with the architecture of my body’s strength.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
Track in High school is when training became more about performance and overcoming mental barriers. Whether that be doubt of me succeeding while getting into the sport so late or whether I had the ability to complete a workout, race, etc. I was pushed beyond any limit I ever faced prior.
How has fitness impacted your life?
I always say it’s saved my life. It’s my identity, it’s who I am. Fitness has molded me into the characteristics and beliefs I hold. Words aren’t powerful enough to express the influence fitness has over me…without it, I’d lose my identity.
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?
Face Your Fears.
That’s what I did Junior Year of high school and it’s turned me into the strongest person I’ve ever been. There’s no such thing as living in comfort. You truly live your life when you push limits and discover what you truly compose of…the challenges never end. That’s the beauty.
Iron Rebel/Granite Athlete