In the 8th grade, I got beat up in front of the entire school. When I say the entire school, I am really not exaggerating that – there were literally hundreds of students watching me get pummeled by a guy twice my size. While some people may have not actually seen it (this was probably because there were so many others blocking their view), he conveniently chose the day all the teachers were in a staff meeting to start this fight. Being twice my size wasn’t that difficult at the time – I distinctly remember weighing in at 92lbs at 5’4″ at the end of the 7th grade year and not growing much the following year.
To this day I have no idea why that guy decided to punch me in the face, throw me to the ground, then jump on top of me and beat on me for nearly 10 minutes. While most would still be upset at getting crushed in front of all of their peers, I forgave him a long time ago. I would actually like to thank him if I ever saw him again.
So what does getting beat in front of the entire school have to do with fitness and nutrition? Quite a bit actually. Since I was so small, a year earlier at 12 years old I started reading everything I could get my hands on to learn about what I needed to do to gain weight and put on muscle. While I obviously hadn’t learned or applied that much by the time I got beat up in front of the entire school, this started my obsession with what I needed to do to make changes to my body and later led to me completing a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and 10+ years of experience in the fitness industry.
After over 2 decades of studying, applying, living and breathing fitness, after training over 1,000 clients, and after over 30,000 hours of training clients as well as myself, I have picked up on a few “patterns” along the way. These patterns hold true whether someone is getting the results they want or not.
My goal as a trainer and consultant is to simplify all of the the things that can seem so complex. To demystify why some get results and others don’t. And to help individuals develop practical plans no matter what their goals may be. My hope is to show that while details matter, if the basics aren’t understood (or followed), you won’t get results. There are no “magic pills” or shortcuts.
Whether you workout in a gym or hate the gym, you can get the results you want.
Whether you love to cook or are always on the go, you can achieve your goals.
Whether you have lots of free time or very little, there is a way.
Whether you have plenty of money or none at all, you can be the best you can be.