Most will agree that before any trainer can even think about training someone else, they must first achieve achieve a healthy lifestyle of their own. I've known a few trainers that didn't practice what they preached. I can't respect that. If you truly believe in a healthy & fit lifestyle then you'd damn well better live it yourself!
I ran varsity track and cross county all 4 years of high school, maintaining a skinny man figure of 155 pounds until I was about 20 years old. Then I took about a year off of fitness and just gained weight for a year getting up to 200 pounds. I then decided to pick up my first weight when I was 21 years old.
My first year of weight training was a lot of guess work where I made a lot of mistakes and suffered a few injuries that led to having to take time off to heal. In my second year I learned from my mistakes and made huge gains. If I had it to do all over again I'm possitive I could have made the same 2 year progress in less than 12 months. The value gained from my mistakes is the knowledge and experience of knowing what not to do and why. I am constantly studying the health/fitness industry and advancing my knowledge through books, tests, magazines, films, classes, seminars and networking with other trainers and fitness enthusiasts. But I have found the most valuable asset to be the knowledge I have attained through my own experience and the experience of training my clients. I'll never claim to know everything about health/fitness because there's always something new to learn. If I don't know the answer to a question I'll admit not knowing, but I'll find the answer. I love what I do and it's a real pleasure to be a part of peoples journeys to a healthier lifestyle.
I've been married to my wife Kathy for about 8 years. We have two sons, Anthony (7) and Josh (1 and a half).
Growing up I was always thin. Well lets rephrase that… I was a skeleton! Many thought I always looked weakly and sick. And to this day after having 2 babies, I still have a lean body. So many would wonder, why workout …you‘re already skinny? I guess no one is truly satisfied with their body. I don’t workout to drop the number on that scale. I workout to look better, feel better and have more energy to chase after my 2 wild boys.
I was involved in sports growing up. My parents always made sure we stayed active and away from the junk food. I played soccer from the age of 10 to 15 in my sophomore year in high school. Then I made a switch and joined the cross country team. I ran cross country for 2 years. To this day I still don’t understand the true reason I did it. Running for fun? That’s insane!
I started weight training and doing various forms of cross training, boot camps and other types of heart pounding exercise about 3 years ago when my husband decided that it wasn't enough for just him to be an all around fitness freak, he had to get his whole family involved. It can be very difficult to make my health and fitness a priority with 2 boys to take care of, 3 if you include Mike who can be quite a handful by himself. But it is possible!
I love my workout time, it's a time that I can sweat away all the pressures and stress of life and just enjoy the simple challenge of completing the next set. We all deserve the right to have the bodies of our dreams, but those rights still have to be earned.
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