I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and now live in Houston, TX. I joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 18, serving 10 years collectively at different duty stations such as Japan, The Philippines, California, and Wisconsin. I attribute my level of discipline, physical fitness and mental toughness to my experience in the Marines.
How did I get started?
It all started with a cheap barbell set from K-Mart, and once I began working out, I found a new passion. At age 12, I was fascinated with the control I could have over my body by lifting weights. Of course, action-packed movies with Bruce Lee and Arnold Schwarzenegger further encouraged my fascination with improving my muscular strength and endurance. Eventually, bodybuilding kings such as Ronnie Coleman would become my inspiration for bodybuilding. It was not just about lifting the weights. As a kid, fitness became a way for me to feel I had control over my life when other things felt out of my control.
At 18, I decided to join the United States Marines to be challenged and put my body to the ultimate test. During this time, I learned more about myself and how to be a leader. In the Marines, leadership starts from day one. Throughout my career in the military, I successfully led, mentored, and trained hundreds of Marines, civilians, and youth. While a recruiter, it was inspiring to see young kids change mentally and physically to become a Marine. I owe a lot to the Marine Corps for allowing me to acquire valuable experiences. As my career came to an end, this was a turning point in my life.
Once I transitioned from the military, I decided to take advantage of the educational opportunities. I’ve been into fitness my whole life and wanted to help people reach their fitness goals. I attended college to earn my degree in exercise and nutritional sciences. While studying fitness and nutrition over the years, I became more aware of the growing rate of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes among men in America and the value of helping them prevent these conditions. Personal experiences revealed that many men want to achieve their health and fitness goals but often lack the proper knowledge or guidance to accomplish them. They also may not always have a positive support system or someone willing to hold them accountable at a higher level.
Learning about the science of exercise and nutrition was informative, and it greatly expanded my mind. However, I felt theory without practical application was not enough to be my best at helping clients. I soon realized hands-on experience of working with real people was what I needed. So, I decided to further my education by attending the National Personal Training Institute of Southern California. While there, I gained valuable hands-on experience in an intimate setting led by a top fitness professional/instructor in the area. I earned my advanced personal training diploma and other specializations, developing my skill as a well-rounded trainer/coach. I was able to improve my effectiveness in getting clients the best fitness results possible. However, they soon started to realize something was missing. They weren’t 100% happy with other areas in their life.
The men I helped soon realized their physical fitness was only part of the equation. Reaching their goal was satisfying until it was evident that other areas of their life didn’t match their new fitness level. I thought back to the early 2000’s when I experienced something similar and began a personal development journey. However, I wanted to find an effective and efficient way of incorporating what I learned over the years, into helping them bridge the gap of what they were missing.
Once again, I took the time to further educate myself on being a life coach via reading books and invested in one of the top life coach training programs available. I also hired a coach of my own in the process, which was a great investment! I figured what better way to serve others than to do the work myself first and go through the experience. Since then, using the skill of coaching has allowed me to help clients see their blind spots, challenge their limiting beliefs, create a healthier lifestyle, and impact their life in an empowering, positive way. But guess what? It did not stop there.
A couple of years later, someone hinted at me to try yoga. At that time, I had no idea what yoga had to offer until I invested in a 500-hour yoga teacher training course. It started as curiosity, but I soon realized yoga was a missing link to my personal growth. It changed my life for the best and taught me so much about myself through movement, breath, and meditation. I discovered mental clarity, ease, and a new appreciation for life on a deeper level. Now I want to share it with the world!
Some guys ask, “why so much training?”. Well, I wanted to experience it for myself while developing the skills needed to help other men. I firmly believe not to expect someone to do what I haven’t experienced for myself. By combining fitness, coaching, and yoga, I have since been able to effectively assist clients in transforming not only their body, but other areas of their lives at higher levels. Ultimately, it has become my passion and purpose in life to help men improve their body, mind, and beyond.
For you, I will be the coach in your corner, who will never give up on you even after you have given up on yourself!
• San Diego Miramar College
· A.S. Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
• National Personal Training Institute (Hands-on training)
· Advanced Personal Trainer Diploma -500hr
· Yoga Teacher Diploma -RYS 500hr
• Fowler International Academy of Professional Coaching
· Certified Professional Coach
• Coach Training Alliance (Live training)
· Certified Coach