When you become an adult, for many, it’s the beginning of the your independent life and your eventual identity. For me, this time was synchronized with the ability to control my Health in it’s entirety. It was at this time I began the evolution of my Nutrition and my Physical Health. My life revolved around seeking knowledge on a path of self-improvement and a pursuit of excellence.
I attended Florida Atlantic University to study Exercise Science. It was also at FAU that I began my study of Martial Arts and met my first mentor in Doctor Bruce J. Arneklev, who taught Tae Kwon Do. This is where my interest in Fitness gained purpose. How could I make what I was doing in the Gym functional and translate into Martial Arts? To be successful, I needed to be Flexible, Mobile, Strong, Fast and Conditioned. All of which required just as much practice as the techniques themselves. Time in the Gym now not only had a purpose, but also tangible results. What I did in the Gym was influenced by what I wanted to improve in Martial Arts, and it reflected in my performance. My motto became “Fitness Before Skill.” After all, what use would knowing these Martial Arts techniques be if one wasn’t physically capable of doing them?
Over the next few years, as I progressed up the ranks in Tae Kwon Do, I also studied Cuong Nhu (Vietnamese Karate), JuJitsu, Judo as well as Brazilian JiuJitsu and Wrestling. I traveled around the country, attending seminars, Training Camps and competitions. All of which required different aspects of Physical Fitness.
I had taken on a Personal Trainer at a local gym when I was training for a Tae Kwon Do tournament. It was there that I first discovered what the benefit of having a Trainer was. As I made my transition into training others in Martial Arts I also transitioned to training others in Fitness. From working along side knowledgeable trainers and from being a client myself, I was provided priceless insight into what this profession is all about. The fellow trainers guided me and gave me an invaluable resource of knowledge. As a client, I experienced first-hand benefits of our training methods. Aside from different Martial Arts, Fitness also led me to compete in Physique competitions and achieve great success in Obstacle Racing.
Not long into my career, I start Force Fitness which has brought me across the country, opening doors to meet other trainers from all backgrounds and training styles. I’ve also had the privilege to work with professional athletes and grow my business across multiple platforms and mediums.
What I do as a Fitness Professional is very fulfilling. It bridges many passions of my life together in Martial Arts, Physical Fitness, Nutrition and Health; it’s all geared towards one thing: Positive Progress. Sharing my knowledge and experiences in a way that will influence someone else positively is a great responsibility and one that I am very proud to have and dedicated to uphold.
* National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
* Sports Nutrition Specialist (NCSF)
* MMA Conditioning Specialist (NASM)
* Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS)
* AED & CPR Certified
* Martial Arts and Combat Fitness
* Group Fitness
* Obstacle Race Training
* Competition Prep