I graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Nutrition in 2003. In 2006 I began working as a personal trainer. I competed in my first fitness competition in 2009, and in 2011 I began the Resistance Training Specialist program (www.rts123.com) in Oklahoma City. These four experiences greatly influence the way I view and approach exercise and nutrition.
Beyond the basics...
In many ways learning about exercise and nutrition has been a lifelong trial and error process for me. Over the past 20 years, I have approached altering body composition in several different ways. It’s important to note that I didn’t always know that my goal was to “alter body composition”. For many years, like many people, I thought my goal was weight loss.
Initially, I was drawn to certain diets and ways of exercising because they were popular or trendy. After several failures for one reason or another, I began approaching the exercise/diet process in a more scientific way. I studied the pieces involved, manipulated certain variables, and then strived to be as consistent and objective as possible to determine what actually worked.
To me, eating healthy and exercising should never be painful. At the very least both should be tolerable and, ideally, they should be enjoyable. Unfortunately, many of the methods, practices, and ways we have learned to exercise and “diet” add to our dislike of both, making it virtually impossible to adhere to any program long enough to see results.
My goal with this website is to offer suggestions and ways of approaching working out and eating healthy that are sustainable, maintainable and enhance the quality of your life instead of diminishing it.