Over the last month, since we rolled out our weekly blogs, I’ve touched base on a lot of different subjects regarding fitness, nutrition, self-maintenance, and other wellness related subjects. I’m going to change things up this week and give you a bit of background on myself and get into what Life’s Direction means to me. I promise that I’ll try to not bore you.
Fitness has always been a staple in my life. I was the kid whose parents never let us have video games. Sports and outdoor activities were how I kept occupied. After high school, while trying to make it as a musician and working as a foreman at a metal finishing shop, I realized that I wasn’t happy. At the age of 23, I enrolled as an Exercise Physiology student at Kent State. I had originally intended to attend grad school for physical therapy, but I fell in love with strength and conditioning and realized that working at a gym was what I wanted to do. My highlight during my studies at Kent State was assisting in research on the benefits of exercise on patients with Parkinson’s disease. I also played on the school’s club lacrosse team and also started playing ice hockey in a local league. Upon graduation, I moved back home, bought a house, got married to my wife and we began our little family. We have a daughter who will be 2 in September and a new addition set to arrive in late January.
My current sport is powerlifting, which consists of competing in the squat, bench press and deadlift. I won my weight class in my most recent meet this past April and I plan on competing again in December. This next meet will see me move into the 33-39 year old sub masters division. I guess they don’t want me to keep beating 23 year olds!
I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine, a certified Olympic weightlifting coach through USA Weightlifting, and I’m currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA.
Throughout my career as a trainer, I’ve worked primarily at “big-box” gyms. They taught me exactly how I don’t want to run a facility, which is why we feel like Life’s Direction is the best gym around. Since we don’t have 10,000 members like my previous gyms, I get to know more members on a more personal level. That really helps in terms of being able to share my knowledge with more people and clientele. We’ve created a results-driven environment where members are comfortable and that leads to consistency and the achievement of fitness goals. Since we’ve opened in December I’ve met so many wonderful people and seen so many progress towards their fitness goals and beyond. This place and its members truly make this the best job ever. (Not to get too sappy. I have to keep my tough guy/meat-head persona intact.)
Here is one of my favorite smoothie recipes.
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
8-10 ounces of milk/almond milk
4 ice cubes
1-2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
1-2 scoops of chocolate protein powder
Place in blender and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Enjoy!!!!
Yours in Health