PERSONAL TRAINER AND NUTRITIONIST
Background: I have been involved in some sort of athletic/competitive activity practically my entire life – but it wasn’t until I graduated high school that I really started taking my health into my own hands. I started lifting regularly and absolutely fell in love. A few years later, however, I began experiencing crippling abdominal pains and was eventually diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis; my life would never be the same. There is no cure, pill, or treatment for pancreatitis – only a life of wellness, healthy eating, adequate hydration, proper sleep, and stress management would allow me to live a normal life again. It took roughly two years to live a normal life again, and I even went on to compete in 2 natural bodybuilding competitions in late 2013. After having conquered my body and achieving this long-time goal - I dedicated my life to inspiring others to live well.
Hobbies: Music has always been my first love. I have been drumming since I was 10 years old, and am currently putting those skills to use behind the turntables as I launch my career as a house music DJ and producer. Other hobbies include: golf, hiking, yoga (when I can) – bonus points if a dog is involved in any of these!
When I Meet A New Client: When sitting down with a new client, my primary aim is to get an understanding of where the individual is with their current fitness status… both in terms of strength and level of overall activity. I try to meet them where they are currently, and progressively increase these, and any other concerns they may have be it overcoming an injury, improving mobility, balance, etc.
I mainly view myself as a guide. Meaning that my goal is not to provide goals for the individual, but to help them accomplish any goals they already have, even if they are not aware of them yet. I often employ motivational interviewing as a tool for this to occur, and if there are additional goals I think they should consider, I will offer those up as suggestions as well. I try to start small and establish a few good habits at a time. Often, this will simplify things and mitigate the tendency for things to feel impossibly overwhelming, which tends to hold people back from taking those important first steps to improving their quality of life.