Personal training didn’t start as a lifelong pursuit. In fact, I stumbled upon it in the midst of a real low point.
Five years out of college, I was serving as the Executive Director of an international non-profit in Mexico City. As we worked with national leaders to tackle some systemic issues, I couldn’t help but feel a burning desire to do more to help people. This didn’t naturally lead to the health and wellness industry, however. The amount of corruption and injustice I encountered rekindled a boyhood dream to serve as a Marine. So I enrolled in Officer Candidate School and became a Second Lieutenant.
While serving as a Marine demanded rigor and discipline, it didn’t provide much opportunity to help others. So after a short stint, I jumped back into civilian life uncertain of what to do next. In order to pay the bills and support my growing family, I took an offer from a fellow Marine to work as a personal trainer at a large gym in Denver, Colorado.
My long personal history with fitness and athletics paved the way for quick results. Within a few months I had a full schedule and a list of clients with wonderful results. With their encouragement, I started my own personal training business in Denver before moving it to Minneapolis
Now, I help clients achieve a variety of fitness goals. I’ve furthered my own education with specialties in older adult fitness, kettlebell training, brain health, and behavior change coaching. I’ve tested all of my own advice. It has applied across multiple industries. I’ve had the privilege of leading consulting engagements for several Fortune 500 companies, as well as competing and placing at the top of numerous physique competitions.
Today, I examine the latest research from psychology, neuroscience, and fitness. I continually look for ways to help people move out of negative mental and physical states, while building a positive framework to achieve their goals.