Exercise has always been part of my life. I have been active in the martial arts for over a decade, participated in football, baseball, golf, and cross country throughout high school and have run over a dozen marathons and half marathons since college. The simplest way to put it is I flat out LOVE to play. This is what I try to instill in the workouts I design above all else. I feel when exercise is playful and joyful we get the most out of it and are more likely to stick with it. This is why at any given moment one walks in the gym, it is likely you will see me hanging from something, climbing on something, or just jumping around.
In personal training I have found the perfect way to share what I love. I have always had two major passions in life: expressing myself through movement and helping others. I have teachers in almost every generation of my family, including my mom, which has had a big influence on my life. I started my college career at UW-Whitewater for Education where I discovered teaching in the traditional school wasn’t right for me so I ended up transferring schools and received a degree in Sociology from UW-Madison. It didn’t take long to realize this probably wasn’t the career path for me either though. I knew that working with others was still something that needed to be a part of my life and after rediscovering my love for fitness, I decided to go back to school. I attended UW-Milwaukee for a year taking all things kinesiology…think anatomy, physiology, physics, biomechanics, etc. I was on the fast track for graduate school in the Kinesiology program once my year was complete, however; instead of grad school in the fall I relocated to upstate New York with my wife, where she was transferred. That turned out to be the best move of my life and it was there that I truly found myself as a teacher of human movement.
I truly believe we must all come to our own conclusion as to the path we want to take and must learn to be honest in our self-expression along that path. Being honest in that expression is not easy to do and very easy to fake, yet we alone will always know the truth in this matter. For me a true teacher in all matters will do their best to give the tools to help that self-expression but will always leave it up to the individual on how to use and when to apply those tools along their path. I can give you the blueprint to a healthy lifestyle and how to keep your body moving but it will always be you who takes that blueprint and builds the house.