I’ve spent most of my life pursuing whatever speaks to me most. I’ve had many interests, but I’ve always had a fascination and obsession for movement and speed.
In high school, I did everything from football, waterpolo, badminton, and track where I’d often compete in 6-8 events per day.
In class, the only subject I really cared about was biology. In there, I was the kid in the back of the class always asking beginning with, “What if...?”
Since biology is understanding working bio systems, it seems I was always curious to know what would happen if you tossed in something unexpected.
I’ve worked in and out of fitness since I was 16 years old. It was a nice way for me to get a free gym membership being a lifeguard or working front desk, but I didn’t become a trainer until after I graduated from college when I decided not to pursue physical therapy school.
My thought was that I didn’t want to just fix people, I wanted to build them up.
Two days before I moved to LA for my first personal training interview, I had a serious climbing accident on Mount Shasta and I came home looking “half-dead” because the right half of my body was in a cast from a broken arm and a torn ankle. Determined to get back on my feet and begin my career, I rehabbed myself began training two months later in October 2010.
I began my personal training career in 2010 at Equinox, in Pasadena and I worked there for about eight years (Minus the year I turned 26 when I quit after paying off my loans and decided it was the perfect time to go abroad for a year.)
Ever since my first day on the training floor, I’ve been asked what my fitness philosophy is. I still don’t have one.
I don’t have a single response or perspective that could sum up all the things I think about when it comes to exercise, health, and fitness.
What I do have, is a lot of questions. I try to answer these questions for myself by exploring fundamental concepts in life, biology, our ancestral history, and tying it with exercise, nutrition, and changing behaviors.
The difficulty, is in trying to do all that in the midst of the dirty science, noisy advertising, and a reactive model of healthcare that is driven by profit.
Perhaps some day I’ll come up with a good one liner. For now, I’ll just say this.
Entire industries would collapse and fall apart if we all woke up tomorrow believing we could be beautiful and healthy just by eating simple foods and getting some exercise.