I like my job because of the bond created between two people who are equally driven toward a set of goals, as well as the ability to profoundly change a person’s life through health and wellness.
Personality: Loyal, hard-working, driven, adventurous
Certifications: NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Precision Nutrition, CHEK Exercise Coach
Education: Bachelor of Science in speech language pathology from Elmhurst College
Proudest athletic achievements: High school state qualifier in high jump, National Junior College All-American Decathlon, second place team finish in Chicago Triathlon (I swam).
I’ve been in the health and fitness field for just over a decade and have held just about every position possible—from staff trainer to general manager, from golf swing coach to independent trainer and licensed massage therapist here in Portland.
I decided to become a personal trainer after a series of life events turned my world upside down. After college, I was working in a warehouse to save up money to go back to school and get my master’s degree in speech pathology. Then, in a 5-month timespan, I got laid off from my job, lost my grandmother and watched my mother suffer a heart attack. This led me to spend a lot of time doing what I’d always done when life threw me a curveball—spend time at the gym. That sparked my interest in personal training to help myself and all of my past injuries, but more importantly to help my mother get back to living a healthy lifestyle. From there, I invested every penny of my savings into personal training school at NPTI, and the rest is history!
I help clients by not only guiding them through a fitness program, but also by being a coach, friend, mentor and most importantly your “AccountAbiliBuddy” to make sure we are still prepared to progress even on the tough days or when that emotional attachment to the goal is hard to remember. Most clients work with me because of my ability to motivate/inspire. I think they also see that I don’t just talk the talk but I walk the walk in my everyday life as well.
- Sports performance with a focus on golf, football, volleyball, running mechanics, basketball and rugby
- Prehab/Rehab for athletes and the general population looking to prepare or repair yourself pre/post injury/surgery
- General fitness programs focused on fat loss, strength development, endurance/cardiovascular training and education
- Individualized lifestyle/habit and nutrition guidance
My training philosophy can be summed up by one of my favorite quotes of all time:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.”— Henry Ford
In the 10+ years I have been in the industry, I have seen some pretty incredible life-altering changes in people. The one thing they all had in common was the unrelenting belief in themselves and trust in the TEAM that they worked with.
Outside the gym
I was born in the western suburbs of Chicago. I’m married to my beautiful wife/best friend, Janelle O’Neill. We’ve been married 5 years (we actually met in personal training trade school!). My other best friend is my rescue dog Marvin, who’s an 8(ish)-year-old Shih Tzu. We currently reside in Beaverton.
Outside of the gym, I am an adventure junkie who loves to hike, snowboard, free dive, scuba dive, surf, swing kettle bells and leap off high objects into water. My wife and I also have been bit by the travel bug and have been all over the United States as well as Ireland and plan to take many more trips. Previous to blindly moving out to Portland, we spent a few months backpacking Thailand and Bali. A hobby not too many know I have is cooking; Chef Boy R B loves to cook. If you want to know anything else, I am an open book!