Message from our Head Coach

I created this blog as a way to offer up as much real world nutrition advice as I possibly can. I’ll also discuss various other topics as it pertains to health and fitness, especially strength training and its many benefits. However, I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on various other things such as movies, sports, and anything else I find interesting. The purpose of this blog is to be informative, entertaining, and fun. It’s possible to be helpful without being so serious all the time.

Since this is a nutrition based site, I guess I should start by telling you a little about myself as it pertains to health and fitness. As of today, I am 34 years old and I’ve been obsessed with fitness since I was an overweight kid. I am sure that most of you know how tough it can be to be different at a young age. Obviously, many others had much worse issues and experiences than I ever had, but at the time I thought that my life was as difficult as humanly possible (I was dramatic). In short, little kids can be cruel and they often do not realize the negative impact that their words can have on others. For me, my passion for fitness was ignited at the age of 12 and I remember exactly when the light went on.

My parents were divorced, so I spent every other weekend at my dad’s house. One Friday night after a particularly rough day at school I confided in him about my struggles. The bullying from my classmates had become unbearable and I was lost as to what to do about it. He of course offered up all the kind and reassuring words that a good father would in an attempt to make me feel better. In addition to that, he also said something that at the time was astounding to me. He said….”son, if you aren’t happy with how your body looks you can do something about it. “ ….Mind blown. You mean to tell me that I can do things that would improve my physique, make me feel better, give me confidence, etc…..and all I have to do is put in the effort to make it happen? Like they say, I took that ball and ran with it and I’ve never looked back.

Here’s what I know for certain…..when you take control of your health, the boost in self confidence alone will make you feel like you can conquer the world. The instant that I picked up a weight I knew that things would never be the same. All of my classmates were watching cartoons and playing video games after school….I was building a superhero. At least that’s how I envisioned it.

By the time I was a senior in high school I was already a certified personal trainer and was often found at a friend’s house helping either him/her or their parents with their fitness goals. In college, I discovered the sport of powerlifting. I thought that it was the greatest sport I’d ever heard of…..a competition to see who is the strongest. By that time I’d realized that my athletic skills were limited in regards to running and jumping, etc. However, I was strong. In my humble opinion, I was really strong.

My powerlifting career started with a chance encounter. I had entered a bench press contest (why not) when I was a freshman at The University of Georgia. I won the contest. Afterwards, I was approach by a gentleman who asked me if I was interested in competing in powerlifting. (I later learned that the gentleman was a 17 time national champion and 8 time world champion powerlifter himself.) I had no idea what powerlifting was, but I said yes anyway. So, for two years he trained me (think Rocky, but not nearly as cool) before I entered my first competition. I won’t bore you with the details, but the cliff notes version of my powerlifting career is that I won every meet I ever entered. I won state, national, and two world championships. I even held a bench press world record for a time. The coolest place I got to compete was when I won the worlds in Cape Town, South Africa. My all time personal bests are a 600 pound bench press, an 800 pound squat, and an 800 pound deadlift. To this day, I’d still say that my training is performance based. I’m just fascinated with what the human body can do if it’s trained properly.

I admit that for the first 5 years of my “fitness life” I didn’t know anything about nutrition. Sure, I tried to eat healthy. However, the definition of healthy seemed to change on a weekly basis. While in college I started gaining an interest in nutrition and how the body uses food for fuel, repair, etc. I also started to become fascinated with how what we put in our bodies impacts our performance, our mood, our aesthetics, and of course our health. It wasn’t long before I realized that I had my priorities backwards. I always had a training first, nutrition second approach. This couldn’t have been more wrong. Nutrition is by far the most important factor in regards to our fitness goals.

For the last 12+ years I have helped countless clients in all walks of life achieve their goals via nutrition intervention. I have a B.S in Health from UGA, I’m a certified nutrition coach, trainer, etc. However, the experience I’ve gained over the last decade plus has been invaluable in regards to my education.

Side note: I was also told that I needed to post a photo. If I were a great entrepreneur I’d have some fancy head shot, action shot, or spray tanned shirtless photo taken after 12 weeks of preparation. However, I’m not. So, my photo is of me sitting at a bar with my sister-in-law’s arm around my neck. Always good to be authentic I guess. lol