When I was 21 I was playing in a band called Clair de Lune. At that time, I could only imagine becoming a rock star. But then, I became a dad. My son Landon was born on December 24th, 2002, and he changed everything. After Landon was born, I really began to get into fitness. I started running and lifting weights. I had to get active because I had an active son. I was self-taught for the first couple years and worked out on my own — I was hooked.
About two years after Landon was born, I decided to enroll in the Minnesota School of Business (MSB) Heath and Exercise program. Fitness became my lifestyle and it became clear that it was what I was meant to do. After graduating from MSB, I enrolled in the World Instructor’s Training Schools and obtained my personal training certification, working for Bally’s Total Fitness and Anytime Fitness.
Early in my career, my love for the UFC sparked my interest into the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I have trained in boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, and Kickboxing at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy and at the Cellar Fight and Fitness. Gaining strength by using and moving my body proved to be a great fitness tool and it was fun, plus it taught me great discipline and self-control. I still love watching fights and admire the athleticism of the fighters in the ring, and I watch the fights with my son.
In recent years, my love for learning about how the body moves and what it’s capable of accomplishing drew me into even deeper studies of body mechanics and strength training (including multiple certifications from some of the best and most admired in the fitness industry). I saw changes in my own body and strength that would serve me today, and for the rest of my life. I saw clients uncovering strength in movement that not only helped their everyday living, but also made them healthier, stronger, and more fit.
Mostly I love teaching people about their bodies and helping them become stronger in every way. Most people don’t even know what their bodies are capable of, but I get to help them realize those things. And I love it.