Q: How did you first get into the fitness industry?
A: I always had a passion for fitness but after attending State University of New York for a few years, I realized that I wanted to get out in the workforce sooner than later. I first became a personal trainer then began to work in the gym industry, anywhere from the managing of the gyms to the personal training and nutritional development.
Q: What is your training background?
A: I trained a diverse group of people from teenagers to elderly. I have trained a lot of men and women that wanted to get in better shape for the military and fire academy as well as helping people recover from injuries like car accidents. The youngest person I’ve ever trained was 16 and he was looking to put on some extra weight and muscle for football.
Q: What keeps you motivated to stay fit?
A: It’s a lifestyle. I don’t like staying sedentary and I like the physical activity so it just fits into my life. I really enjoy all the different aspects of training and researching the new trends. For example, a lot of people are doing multi-sets, drop sets, and half reps to get those different angles in training.
Q: Do you have a favorite fitness mantra or quote?
A: It’s a lifestyle. It’s a healthy lifestyle.
Q: How would you summarize your personal workout regime?
A: I like variety when I’m training so I try to incorporate a lot of different training styles to my routines. I love to do full body workouts with cardio incorporated. Some days I’ll train heavy, medium, or light weights, it all depends on how I’m feeling. Another thing I really enjoy doing for exercise is going to the Okeeheelee Park Trail with my three kids (Justin 15, Steele 5, Indigo 3). It’s a long trail that starts out with a stretching station and then has about 15 stops along the trail where you do different exercises like pushups, jumping jacks, and other full-body movements. They always look forward to going on the weekends.
Q: Do you have a fitness role model?
A: That’s a tough one. I would probably have to say Lee Labrada. He was an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder in the 80’s and 90’s and is now in the IFBB Bodybuilding Hall of Fame. After he retired, he managed to stay in shape and brand himself in the industry with a supplement line. He’s one of my favorites because he is a real family man and a really nice guy with an impeccable work ethic.
Q: What is your favorite exercise and why?
A: I really like walking lunges. They work the whole body. Everything from your core, legs, hamstrings, quads, glutes, and definitely endurance. I prefer walking opposed to stand-still and will go the full length of the aerobics room, hallway, parking lot, or any other area a few times.
Q: What is your go-to healthy snack?
A: A lot of people are allergic to peanuts so I try to avoid those. My favorites are cashews and almonds because they’re filled with good fats and they keep me full.
Q: What do you tell your clients to keep them motivated?
A: I would tell them to reflect on what their goal is and that it’s not an event. There is a phase you have to go through and it takes time. The first 28 days are crucial and when you’ll begin to see results. It’s a journey. It’s a process.
Q: What is your best advice to someone who is looking to improve their health?
A: It’s important to find a wellness center first to get a full blood panel done. This will give you a snapshot of your general health and will make it easier to design an approach that will work. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to have the blood work done and an interview with our staff so that you’re able to go over everything. It’s important to see someone that will talk about your symptoms and blood work and listen rather than just prescribing. We also have a Patient Outreach Program that keeps an open line of communication between us and the patient. We want them to feel comfortable reaching out to us whenever they have a question or concern – We want to develop relationships with our patients.