Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
At a young age, I was always pretty active. I attempted to play at least every major sport at some point in my childhood with basketball sticking the longest. When I was younger, I never focused on the nutrition side of my health because I was a hard gainer so my diet consisted of fast food and big home cooked meals.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy mastering new calisthenics movements and being able to inspire people to be active through my unique way of exercising.
How did you get into fitness?
As I said, I have always been active, but my fitness journey did not truly start until I went to college. I finally got fed up with being a walking stick and decided it was time for me to get serious about putting on mass.
How long have you been into fitness?
It has been just about 4 years now since I started training with a purpose.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
This is twofold answer for me. I have always been good at research, so once I began to fully understand how I could apply my new found knowledge to obtain my dream physique and a host of other benefits. It made training that much more fulfilling because it literally became my therapy. On top of that, the more I began to achieve these goals, the more those around me would come and ask for my advice. I always knew I wanted to help people and fitness gave me the avenue to do it.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has changed every aspect of my life for the better. Not only am I more physically healthy, but mentally and spiritually as well. The discipline and consistency I developed through my calisthenics training has carried over into the way I go about completing tasks. If I had never started training specifically with calisthenics movements two and a half years ago, I would have never built up the confidence to start my own business and change my career path. To sum it all up, I would still be searching for my purpose without it.
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?
The best advice I could give someone just starting out is do your research. You do not necessarily have to be a fitness guru, but starting to exercise is a whole lot easier when you know all of the options available to you. I hear so many people say, “Lifting weights does not interest me”, or “it’s not fun.” Do not let a lack of knowledge deter you from getting active because there is several different ways to get fit. Secondly, I would say know your goals and if you do not know how to obtain them go find someone who does. If you are trying to get big like the Rock, running 12 miles each day and that’s it, will not get you there. Lastly, do not compare yourself to anyone else. While social media has an insurmountable amount of benefits, at times it can be very toxic. It is okay to look up to someone for inspiration, but it is very dangerous to say I want their body or life even. Remember, your fitness journey is you vs. you 100% of the time. As long as you are giving it your all and not making excuses, you will get the results you’re looking for. This whole healthy lifestyle business is really about self-love. Love yourself and you will be just fine!
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