My fitness journey began in high school as I fell under the stewardship of two personal trainers (Lee & Teddy) who helped me to develop proper form and technique. I didn't realize it at the time, but this process was fundamental to my development down the road. They also taught me personal training was about relationships, and to this day I focus on building relationships with my athletes.
As I ventured off to the University of Florida to complete my bachelor's in microbiology, my passion for lifting only grew. It was here that I started to learn the nuances of training and eventually progressed to an intermediate level. As I was learning about molecular biology I realized I could meld my two passions into one.
This led to my master's degree in human performance and my start as a personal trainer. I continued to combine my passions and gain hands-on experience working with all types of clients at local gyms.
During my master's I realized I still had a ton of questions, which led to me pursuing and completing my PhD in muscle biology. Concurrently, I was continuing to expand my personal training reach and started coaching athletes online, as well as working in-person and online to gain all the experience I could.
I now work in both an academic setting as a post-doctoral scholar doing large-scale clinical trials using exercise interventions to study the molecular mechanisms of muscle adaptation. In addition, I work as a coach and research consultant with The Strength Guys. I keep a very small (<10) athlete roster to ensure my clients get everything they need.
My experience and research background allows me to use an evidence-based approach. I focus on building a relationship with every client to help motivate, support and guide them towards their goal while using the best available research to create personalized training programs.
That’s enough about me, but the real question is what can I do for you?