Strength and Conditioning Specialist / Licensed Nutritionist
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
How I became so passionate about training and wanting to help people become healthy..
I grew up as an American kid in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At the age of 13, I began playing basketball. I thought that the sport was exciting, and it was a great way to meet new friends. As I continued to get older, I realized that I had a chance to use this sport to better my future. Growing up in a single-parent household meant that opportunities for further education beyond high school would be limited. So I trained hard, stayed focused on my grades, and was able to earn a full-ride scholarship to the University of Wyoming. After finishing my college career and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, I became certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Studying for this certification taught me the physiology of exercise training, the scientific approach to training for specific goals, as well as program design and implementation. My dream was to train athletes at a division 1 college, and this certification is mandatory when training athletes at such an elite level. At the same time, I wanted to continue playing the sport that I love. I was given the opportunity to play professional basketball in Sweden where I was able to play 17 wonderful seasons, winning 2 gold medals and 5 silver medals in the Swedish Championships.
Being a professional athlete allowed me the time to put my education to use by building my company as a personal trainer. I have always thought that training was fun. There is just something about pushing your body to the limit and being mentally tough to set tough training goals and giving everything you have in order to reach them. Throughout my career as a basketball player, the goal of my training was always to improve as an athlete. Becoming stronger and faster in combination with working on my basketball skills was the ultimate training focus. Even so, I understood that my training wasn’t just important from an athletic standpoint, but also from a health standpoint. I consider myself lucky because I was able to grasp the concept of how valuable our bodies are and what our bodies need in order to keep them as healthy and as strong as possible quite early in my life. I wanted to not only share my passion for training with others but to also spread my knowledge of the importance of physical activity to maintaining a high quality of life.
I am so passionate about my work because I want to change the lives of people.
As a retired athlete, training is still a very big part of my life, however the goals of my training have changed. I now train to stay healthy and strong in order to give myself the best possible quality of life, and to also have fun! I am so passionate about my work because I want to change the lives of people. I want them to experience how wonderful it feels to have a healthy body, how easy it is to move and get through the day. I want people to experience how much more energy you have, and how your mood changes for the better because you literally are more happy. You are stronger both mentally and physically, so you can better handle what life throws at you. Every aspect of life becomes better just by being healthy and physically active, and I want to help people experience that. This is the sole reason why I am so passionate about my job.