My introduction to weight lifting came after a neighbor of mine let me borrow their copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. I was in 8th grade at the time, and had struggled with my weight for most of my life – my idea of bodybuilding was 10 push-ups and a bag of Hot Cheetos. But here was the Governator, telling me that if I was willing to put in the work, I could change my physique. So I listened, and immediately set out to be the next great bodybuilder.
Spoiler alert: that pipe dream never panned out. I did, however, develop a habit of working out and by the time I started high school over at Warren Central (go Warriors!), I’d dropped nearly 50lbs and completely changed the way I looked, felt, and moved. For the next four years, I practically lived in the WC weight room, surrounded by some of the best high school athletes in the country.
It wasn’t long before my focus changed from bodybuilding to maximum strength training and sports performance enhancement. I experimented with just about every strength training methodology out there, and eventually started out-lifting guys twice my size.
All of a sudden I became the go-to guy for training advice, which gave me the perfect chance to test my methods on someone other than myself. This was the turning point for me – after seeing the progress other athletes were making based on my coaching (not to mention some hard work on their part), I realized this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
So, I did what any 18 year old would do and took on a ridiculous amount of debt to pursue a degree in exercise science at Indiana University…All jokes aside, my undergraduate studies opened my eyes to the intricacies of the human body and how it adapts to training. I was also exposed to a much wider variety of healthy and at-risk populations – from kids to older adults, and just about everyone in between.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past 10 years, it’s that you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. There’s no shortage of cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all workouts out there, but the truth is, just because it worked for one person doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. Everyone’s different.
That’s why the best results come from an individualized approach – a thorough assessment of each client and a customized training program tailored to that client’s specific needs & goals of each individual. There’s no shortage of generic, one-size-fits-all workouts out there, but just because they worked for someone else doesn’t mean they’re right for you and your fitness goals.
We all know that working out is good for our health, but let’s be honest, continued progress is the biggest motivator. So if you’re progress has stalled, or you have unique needs that must be addressed (injury, chronic disease, etc.) take a giant step in the right direction and give me a call today to set up a free consultation.
- B.S. Kinesiology
- ACSM-Certified Exercise Physiologist
- Body Transformation
- Sports Performance Enhancement
- Post-rehab Training
- Postural Restoration
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Phone: (317) 453-7738