A Story About A Life
“My Life, My Story”
Well, I grew up with humble beginnings. Born and raised in a small farm town in eastern Missouri. Grew up no stranger to hard work and manual labor. From an early age as far back as I can remember I have always been involved in some form of outside activity. With that being said it’s ironic that I was always the heavy kid in the group. Though that never stopped me from participating in basketball, baseball, football, kickball, etc.… I was born son of a horse farrier so up until the age of fifteen I was an experienced horseback rider, nothing of a sporting nature just leisure.
Growing up overweight allowed me to become very humble in my surrounding and relationship that I would develop with others. Never really bullied, left out of number of social events going into and out of teen years caused me to have a reclusive lifestyle. Just tried to stay out of the public arena. Once I find my tipping point that is when fitness embraced my life, taking me with open arms.
At the age of 20, I began to develop a routine. One that would lead to excitement and reward, my routine at the time consisted of work all day, go to the gym, and then home to read more about fitness. I read every magazine or book that I came across, remembering most of my knowledge and experimentation coming from a publication call “Muscular Development.” From the side articles to the feature spreads, it was my fitness bible as well as trainer resources. Taking responsibility for my circumstances I started to see thing change in my very own appearance. I am talking about definition, vascularity, and size. I was hooked. The six-pack came in and people who had not seen me, mostly those gone away to college, etc. Would start asking questions like, “how did you that?” “What happened to you?” I believe it was then that I first realized that I had change something big. Not only did I make a change in my life, but also in the life of everyone who knew me before. Thinking back on it one simple change at an early point in my life changed everything that happened in my life from that point on.
That is how I ended up becoming a fitness professional. Since then I have become the man I am today. Always willing to accept any challenge that will push my drive and focus. Now I hold a number of fitness certifications, started a training business, met a lot of great people, and constantly inspire those who hear my story. Though I am not finish, I pride myself as a work in progress striving to be the best me I can be.
Taste and Love the Process!
The topic of nutrition is always an interesting one. A big reason nutrition is so interesting is because the opinions and information on the topic varies greatly.
What nutrition protocol do YOU follow?
I have a number of nutrition principles that I share with you.
I think, as in exercise prescription, that there are many ways to “skin the cat.” I take a variety of things into consideration when I prescribe a nutrition plan.
Nutrition is 70-80% of your results and your performance in the gym. Ever heard this statistic?
This is particularly interesting to me, especially lately, because there’s a trending discussion swirling around the “health and dieting” culture, casting a wide net on cleansers, dieters, organic devotees, juicers and even clean eaters, labeling them “orthorexics.” By definition, orthorexia is an extreme preoccupation with eating food that one considers healthy and pure. Similar to other eating disorders, orthorexics take healthy eating to a level of unhealthy obsession and lose sight of the reason they were eating this way in the first place, inflicting a great deal of shame and self-loathing upon themselves when they eat something “off-plan.” It’s unfortunate because what was first intended to be a positive, healthy lifestyle change can sometimes morph to unhealthy extremes.
Corrective Exercises are designed to address muscular imbalances, postural issues and improper movement patterns that can lead to pain or injury, in most cases both. Muscular imbalances tend to come from poor posture, stress, repetitive movement, or injury. Muscle activation in when muscle groups are overactive (muscles on the opposing side of the joint becoming chronically lengthened) or underactive (one side of the joint becoming chronically shortened) cause movement to occur along a path of least resistance, otherwise known as relative flexibility.
Through a our well designed programs we take in consideration all issues with your primary movement patterns taking necessary protocols to reverse found issues to optimize your pain free natural movement patterns.
Functional training has its origins in rehabilitation. Physical therapists developed exercises that mimicked what patients did at home or work in order to return to their lives or jobs after an injury or surgery. Thus if a patient's job required repeatedly heavy lifting, rehabilitation would be targeted towards heavy lifting, if the patient were a parent of young children, it would be targeted towards moderate lifting and endurance, and if the patient were a marathon runner, training would be targeted towards re-building endurance.
Functional training involves mainly weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back. Most fitness facilities have a variety of weight training machines which target and isolate specific muscles. As a result the movements do not necessarily bear any relationship to the movements people make in their regular activities or sports. Functional training attempts to adapt or develop exercises which allow individuals to perform the activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. Functional training may lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly impacting the number of injuries sustained and individual's performance in a sport. The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body's natural ability to move in three anatomical planes of motion. In comparison, though machines can often be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury.
In 2009 Spennewyn conducted research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques, this was considered the first research of its type comparing the two methods of strength training. Results of the study showed incredible gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.
The Performance Enhancement must recognize the trend toward NON-FUNCTIONAL living and take measures to stay one step ahead!
The performance enhancement program must be designed with consideration toward the athlete, environment and tasks to be performed.
Remember that “Performance Enhancement” is not limited to athletics.
Many motions in every day life require dynamic postural control through multiple planes of motion and at different speeds of motion.
Integrated training is a comprehensive training approach that strives to improve all components necessary to allow an athlete to achieve optimum performance.
These components include:
- Kinetic Chain Assessment / Integrated Performance Profile
- Integrated Flexibility Training
- Core Training
- Balance Training
- Reactive Training
- Speed, Agility & Quickness Training
- Integrated Resistance Training
- Nutrition and Sports Supplementation
- Recovery and Regeneration