Since this supposed to be a “bio” page: I’ve been a trainer since 1997, hold a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designation through the NSCA, and two university degrees in two decidedly non-fitness related areas.
I’m also a “semi-serious physique athlete,” meaning that I enjoy building a lean, muscular, aesthetic body but stop short of actual competitive bodybuilding.
I build my body for me — because I love it, it’s healthy, and because I can. It’s an incredible privilege.
Not to mention, actually looking like you lift is fun. Chubby personal trainers send you hate mail and write whiny blog posts about how unfair the world is. What’s not to love?
But so we’re clear: I’m not genetically “gifted.”
I was born with zero special talent for this field and none of my “gains” ever came easy.
However, being forced to do stuff “the hard way” was actually a blessing. Because combined with the few strengths I was blessed with, like intelligence (at least they tell me) and tenacity, it helped me become a very good problem solver and a much better coach.