I do not expect perfection and ask only for honest, consistent effort.
Personality: Honest, direct and detail-oriented.
Education: Associate’s degree and early childhood education certification from McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL. Philosophy studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Proudest athletic achievements:
I competed in a local strongman competition, deadlifted 435 pounds at a bodyweight of 177 pounds and solo-trekked a portion of the Annapurna mountain range in sandals.
I’ve been working as a personal trainer since 2013. I started training at a commercial gym before I quickly transitioned to working independently at a Strength and Conditioning facility in Chicago. In November of 2016, I relocated to Portland and joined the Hyatt Training team. My ideal client has some degree of exercise experience and is either looking to maximize their results or has a specific obstacle (i.e. an injury or physical limitation) that they are struggling to overcome.
I was never fit, athletic, or strong when I was growing up. However, when I began to devote myself to physical training in my early 20s, I discovered that it had a tremendously positive impact on other aspects of my life. It was so transformative that I decided to dedicate myself to helping others experience similar results. I had one client put on 25 lbs of useful bodyweight and add 150 lbs to his deadlift in 9 months. I also had an 80-year-old client tell me that because our work together, she was able to put her shoes on without having to sit down in a chair. Both of these things are equally cool to me.
I specialize in strength and performance training, injury prevention and post-rehab training. I am meticulous with my coaching and programming, and open and sincere in my interactions with my clients.
I do not expect perfection and ask only for honest, consistent effort. I believe that in training and in life, consistency and effort are the two most important variables. Beyond that, I believe that success in the gym is built on a foundation of quality movement and positive lifestyle habits. Work relentlessly to master the basics, and results will follow.
Outside the gym
I grew up in a small town in Illinois, about 65 miles northwest of Chicago and currently live on the Southeast side of Portland. In my spare time I read, hike, go to comedy clubs and practice mindfulness meditation.