I started my journey into the health industry because I was hungry to learn more about strength and conditioning and because I wanted to get an extra edge and improve my skill sets.
I love being in the gym because it is a place where I am consistently able to push myself to reach my new personal best.
As a child, my passion was competition and my only goal was to become a professional athlete. I was so determined to achieve excellence that I would go to any length to succeed. If my team lost, it wouldn’t just ruin my day, it would ruin my week, I hated the failure.
I played baseball, football, basketball and wrestling and I was fortunate to come from good stock and be blessed with coordination and athleticism. I hit puberty and peaked earlier than most of my friends, which put me far ahead of my competitors and was considered a top athlete.
As I hit my sophomore year in high school, my friends and fellow competitors began catching up to me. I continued to work hard to perfect my sport(s) but I was no longer the fastest or the strongest.
I was really frustrated because I always seemed to come up short. In my Junior and Senior years of high school, in both baseball and football, we lost in the semi-finals. This is where my fitness journey began, I did not want to come up short again.
I started as a “gym rat” and along the way, met Charles Poliquin. Charles is among the best strength coaches in the world and his methodology is bringing truth to the industry, backed by science and results.
I went to college with the goal of being in the health field but most of what I was learning pertained to clinical occupations, which didn’t really interest me.
I wanted a job that didn’t feel like work and was something that I was passionate about.
At the same time I was studying exercise physiology in college, Poliquin created a personal training certification. I decided to take his Level 1 & Level 2 pt certifications.
I was blown away by these courses! I learned that how I was training was sabotaging my performance. Doing a lot of aerobic cardio, eating wheat and carb-loading before an event and lifting weights without knowing the programs training effect were just a few of many things I learned.
Another thing Charles said that stuck with me was that, if you want to be the best, you must invest in at least 4 top-quality education courses each and every year. I quickly raised my hand and asked how a college kid like myself could afford that. This course I was at took all but $100 that I had to my name. He simply replied with a smile, “The more you learn, the more you earn”. He also said that I would get every dollar back and then some. He was absolutely right, as return on investment was 10-fold what I had paid for the course.
During college, I began to miss competition and decided to pursue boxing. My father was a successful boxer and from a young age, it was always something I wanted to do, but my mother wouldn’t allow it. Can you blame her?! I understood where she was coming from, I don’t know many mothers that want to see their children getting hit in the head every day for sport.
Now that I was older, I decided to give it a try and I immediately loved it! The discipline that it required was right up my alley!
I excelled very quickly in the sport but again, I came up short, losing in 2 Golden Glove State Finals. I stuck with in another year and kept taking various courses and seminars in hopes that it would lead me to a championship. However, as I kept taking courses, my passion shifted from being an athlete to a student pursuing excellence in my new craft.
As graduation came near, I landed an internship at a big box gym in my hometown and I began applying what I was learning and began personal training. In a 10-year time-span, I compiled over 30,000 hours of training.
Along the way, I met my wife and she helped me to realize my unique qualities and gifts, which helped to empower me and further guide me in finding my passion and purpose. Out of my passion came the desire to one day open and operate my own fitness facility.
Throughout my journey, I have encountered various individuals who have helped me to learn and inspired me to grow and achieve things that I could not have otherwise achieved on my own. These individuals, along with the choices I have made and those times I came up short, have equipped me with the tools necessary to achieve my goals.
My ultimate purpose is to help others CULTIVATE THEIR GIFT OF LIFE ! Life is to short, everyone should have the tools to be able to make the most of it, which lead me to the creation of this program.
As my team and I travel with you on your journey, we will offer you a coaches encouragement, a mentor’s guidance, a critic’s feedback, a supporter’s admiration and a friends commitment. We are in this together!!!