wow my first ‘about me’ page. This is exciting.

First and foremost you should know I am a proud born and raised Alaskan, with parents who are proud Southerners.

I was not a born athlete, quite the opposite actually.  The only sport up I was involved in consistently was a bowling league.  Outside that I did Chess Club,  comic book collecting, and Science Olympics.  I never did D&D though.

My happiest moment was my 8th grade year where I managed to avoid gym class all year.  Good times.

Then came high school and I was given a choice.  I could either play a sport or go to gym class.  Well, being a proud nerd at the time, I could easily do the math.  3 months of a sport is better than 9 months of gym.  I then extended my “genius” by choosing wrestling as my sport.  I figured since they have weight classes, it would be easier.  Yeah, yeah, I know now 😛

I will never forget my high school physical before my freshman year.  14 years old, 5′ 4″, 97 lbs.  I decided I should do some weight lifting.  In hindsight I think it showed great fortitude of my dad for not passing out when I told him I was going to do wrestling, and asked if he knew a gym I could work out at.  Keep in mind, up until then, the extent of my exercise came from moving my crate of Archie comics around.

As it turned out my dad knew a guy who had retired and opened up a small gym.  I went there and built up to a solid ripped 116 lbs.  I then proceeded on to the wrestling season, where I got destroyed.  I think my freshman record was 2 -1000.  And one of my wins was a forfeit.  Now the wrestling coach knows I’m going to come back, much to his disbelief probably.  But it’s still 3 vs 9.  SO he emphasizes greatly the importance of hitting the weights and getting stronger.  I go back to the gym and dedicate myself to doing the work and asking the owner, Coach Green, a million questions.

I honestly don’t know why he was so patient with me, but I thank God that he was, he changed my life.

Over the next 3 years I went from 116, to 140, to 170.  At 16 he hired me on as a trainer and told me about studying Sports Medicine.  At 17 I was a city-regional wrestling champ, and won the teen class in my first bodybuilding contest.

Since then I have gained my Bachelors in Sports Medicine as well as been Certified as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.  I am also a certified Sports Nutritionist.  I have worked in big box gyms and small independents.  I have worked with ages from 12 all the way up to 70+.  I have worked with breast cancer survivors, sciatica, and fibromyalgia.  I have also worked with high school, college, and semi-pro athletes in various sports form football to water polo to Muay Thai.

I love what I do and intend to do it until the day I die.  And whenever the chance comes to mentor a young up-and-comer I do what I can to help.  After all, what Coach Green did for me gave me a job, a direction, and a life I love.  How can I not pass that blessing along.

If you have a question or are interested in hiring me as a coach please contact me at fitosity@gmail.com


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