When I got out of the military, we started a family and I began climbing the dreaded corporate ladder. My life was a Dilbert cartoon. I was making great money but I was miserable. I didn’t think that I had the time to exercise - too busy, too important.
In the spring of 2014, I was diagnosed with Depression. Not just “grumpy" or "feeling blue" but the repetitive, deep, dark, "why-am-I-alive?" kind of depression. Weekends were when it all came crashing down. I was supposed to be out enjoying my family and time off. Instead, I was exhausted, angry, flabby, drinking and resentful. I was destroying myself and my family.
After my finally being diagnosed with Depression, I put it all together: exercise is my form of self-therapy. My workouts are my stress management and depression prevention. If I stay strong, I can keep the Black Dog at bay. Working out isn't just a pastime; it's a necessity. Regular, intense exercise was essential to balancing the demands of raising strong and active twin boys while managing a high-stress job. I started working out at 5:30 every morning, by myself, in my garage. I learned to design short, intense, creative workouts to make the most of my minimal time and equipment. This is when I realized how transformative fitness can be - physically and mentally.
This is from when I climbed Half Dome in Yosemite Park with a great friend. Despite my expression, it was a lot of fun. When we got to the top, I asked a Park Ranger, "Do you get a lot of suicides?" "Nope. Usually by the time they make it up here, they have changed their mind." A good walk can save your life.
When I got the opportunity to change careers, I realized that I needed to be Personal Trainer. Other people were facing this same problem but they were losing the fight:
I found a way out through fitness. I can help others find the way out from what seems like a one-way trip.
Even if depression isn't a problem for you, regular exercise is essential to keeping your life in balance. If you are not strong and healthy, you are vulnerable and can't do the things you want to do in life. It can be a death spiral.
I love being a trainer. It combines Physics, anatomy, statistics, psychology and even chemistry all while wearing gym shorts. I love to study and learn about new ways to teach, train and exercise to get the best results for my clients. Every session gives me the opportunity to make my client's day better and get them further down the road toward their "big picture" goals.
Together, we can build a program that will get you on the road to feeling great and achieving your goals. Whether it is taming your Black Dog, "Loading your Guns", burning off a Spare Tire or all three. We can make it happen! Give me a call or write me an e-mail. If you are willing to commit, I can take it from there.
I am not your typical Personal Trainer. I have seen life outside of the gym. I became a trainer because fitness saved my life.
I graduated from the Air Force Academy and for 9 years I was an Air Force Officer and helicopter pilot. Training and traveling in the military let me take exercise to extremes: boxing, CrossFit, alpine skiing, road cycling, yoga and even Step Aerobics. Fitness is what I love but back then, I didn’t know how important it was to me.
My Training Philosophies:
-Fitness provides the strength for balance in life.
-The Oxygen Mask Principle: Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
-The journey doesn’t have to suck for the destination to be incredible.