Why should I listen to you?
Along with training hard and practicing what I preach, I also travel to learn from the best in the business and so I may live in pursuit of my wildest dreams every single day. I feel like I have a lot of life-changing information to share with you. I’ve had my own struggles with weight gain and weight loss and hope to share my story with you. Its been a long journey, sometimes a journey filled with more questions than answers. I was just like you. I have a walked the walk and have those answers for you now. My goal, my personal mission, is to help as many people as possible to avoid making the same mistakes that I did.
AND if you need just a little more convincing, my mom thinks I’m quite adorable…that counts for something right?
What’s your story?
I never played a sport I didn’t like. It was basketball that eventually stole my heart all the way through college. I always admired and loved the structure, the personal challenges, and the mindset that pushed me harder from being a college athlete. Unfortunately organized sports and all my years of team building and training structure ended with graduation. I was now responsible for my own discipline and no team or coach in sight to offer me support or motivation. Sixteen years of structure was gone and so was my athletic body and conditioning.
I thought that if I kept training things would be okay, but the problem wasn’t only the lack of effective programming and direction I also reverted back to my poor eating habits.
A couple years past and I fell suddenly ill without warning or reason. I was bed ridden for four months as my body started to shut down. After countless body scans, blood tests and even surgery doctors still don’t know what invaded my system that had left me debilitated. If this wasn’t a wake up call, I don’t know what would have been. It was time to get my life back on track and take control of my health and well-being.
At this point enough was enough, I had had it! I was fed up with the fitness roller-coaster. I knew I had to make a drastic change or I would risk spending my entire life battling my weight and being unhealthy. Post surgery I hit training and nutrition hard, got my body back, gave my confidence a boost, and best of all my energy levels were in full swing. It was in training again I realized how much fun I was having, how much I loved programming, loved learning about proper posture and better movement, and how single imbalances were slowing down my progress, and causing continuous pain in my right hip and low back. It wasn’t a quick fix, I maintained a fitness program and healthy eating that I was able to seamlessly integrate into my life to help me reach and maintain my ideal body.
I was back in my element. I became determined to make it my personal mission to help people restore their bodies back to health, into a new kind of happiness, and to leading the life they deserve to live, just like I did.
Every day is dedicated to just that–helping others restore their life and achieve the body of their dreams.
What do you do on a daily basis?
I always try and get at least a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night. Rest, relaxation and restoration are very important to me as it has an inverse relationship with my training. I always do some kind of physical activity every day whether its taking my dog for a walk or doing some extra mobility and flexibility work. I strength train every other day and get my metabolic conditioning in at the end of each workout, also known as a finisher because it does just that…finishes you off for the day! In my training I focus of making each movement as efficient as possible, perfecting my form, getting stronger, and restoring mobility and flexibility from my days of being an college athlete. Most importantly I eat clean and fuel my body every 3-4 hours to keep me lean.
On top of that I stay busy running my business which includes coaching, writing, consulting, and reading. I strive to get better every single day whether its through training, through coaching, or through self-imporvement to bring you a better experience.
I try to maintain a balance between training, work, resting, and fun. Balance is key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. Optimizing a balanced life for me may include (but not limited to) efficient training days, changing peoples lives everyday through coaching, taking hot bubble baths to relax and recover, and for fun spending quality time with my fiance, my friends, my family, my dog, and taking short getaways to recharge.
What’s your favorite training exercise?
I don’t have any favorite exercises or exercise equipment for that matter. There are no favorites, only effective movement patterns that help you move better and feel better and for each individual these movements will vary. There are certain movements I believe everyone could benefit from doing such as self-limiting exercises. For example, A Kettlebell Swing, a Turkish Get Up, and Farmer’s Carries are three excellent movement patterns most people could benefit from.
What about conditioning?
Hill sprints or Prowler pushes are very effective conditioning tools! Again, no favorites. Choosing the most effective training or conditioning protocol for each individual based on their personal goals is what its all about.
What is your favorite healthy meal?
When it comes to a perfect healthy meal I love a simple grilled or baked fish with quinoa (or sweet potato) and a spinach salad or roasted vegetables. Its clean and fresh and easy to prepare as well.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
There are just some things you can’t resist and I understand that. I have to fight my desires every week because there is just too much good food out there, especially here in Portland! If I could only chose one cheat meal it would have to be pasta, I love Italian food. I cook a mean vodka penne with chicken sausage! Its one of my favorites while pizza is a close second.
Do you have a favorite drink?
I use to have Pepsi at every single meal. I would have to have a sip of pop after every single bite. I slowly weaned myself off by switching to the mini cans. Then I got down to only taking a few sips per can and eventually I was done with pop, cold turkey. Now I stick to water and green tea as my go to drinks. I may have a cocktail (vodka and cranberry with extra lime) 2-3 times per year during celebrations, but that’s it. Smoothies are another favorite of mine, especially post workouts!
What are some of your favorite snacks?
I am a sucker for fruits and nuts for my snacks. I really enjoy grapefruits, so much so that they make fun of me at the grocery store! Apples, walnuts, grapes, string cheese, carrots and hummus, greek yogurt and berries.
What is your favorite sweet treat?
Lucky for me I don’t have a sweet tooth, my body does not agree with sugar. I do enjoy frozen yogurt and if you are in Portland you know how many self-serve frozen yogurt joints that are popping up everywhere! If I am really in the mood for a sweet treat I turn to cupcakes. Cupcakes are a great bite sized treat for any special occasion. As long as I stick to my 90% rule of nutritional compliance, then there’s room for a treat