How would you describe your training style and influences?
For me, working out at the studio is deeply connected to the world outside. I mainly trying to condition myself for real world situations and activities whether it's trail running, climbing, surfing, or skateboarding. When training clients, I try to keep workouts fun and interesting, incorporating a lot of full body movements that help improve power, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. Whether it's hitting, throwing, and crawling, breakdancing, or swinging a sledgehammer, I try to encourage clients to hit their fitness goals by trying something different.
Where are you originally from and how is it different than the bay area?
I’m originally from a small town just outside of Olympia, Washington where gyms and trainers weren't as commonplace as they are in San Francisco. For many of the blue collar workers in the Pacific NW, daily manual labor was their way of staying fit. I found the opposite to hold true for many Bay area folks who work sedentary jobs in tech and finance. While these jobs might not be so "physical," they take a toll on the body, manifesting in musculoskeletal problems, poor cardiovascular health, decreased immune function, and general fatigue. My workouts try to combat these problems in creative ways.
I know you have a thirst for knowledge. What are you reading or listening to these days? ?
Often while I'm walking my dog, I might nerd out to a podcast or lecture series on my phone, covering subjects like human biology, ancient history, philosophy, or Spanish. You might find me buried in a fantasy book as well. I also recently started taking graduate classes in Exercise Physiology, so whatever time I have left goes to updating my exercise knowledge bank.
Anything in your past that has been relatable to training??
I grew up skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding, so I never did any sort of conventional athletic training that would accompany team sports or competition. In my early 20’s I started running, rock climbing, and bicycle touring. Around the same time, I started volunteering with the Fire Department. While the first 3 activities didn’t require much training outside of just doing the activity, I wanted to look and act the part of a Firefighter, so I started doing traditional gym workouts: heavy weights, almost no cardio, and no weird looking body-movements—basically nothing of real use on the job, unless you plan on bench pressing a car. Unfortunately my efforts to gain muscle mass and superhuman upper body strength actually detracted from my other activities: big Pecs didn’t help me climb better, large forearms didn’t make me run faster, and huge biceps could never help me pedal for 50+ miles a day. So I eventually gave up on the weight room, and started focusing on general fitness and flexibility. During my last couple of years in Bellingham, I was introduced to Circular Strength Training, which is a great holistic fitness program that improves strength, endurance, and mobility, using pretty creative and even primal human movements, such as crawling and swinging klub-bells. These types of movements easily translate into work as a firefighter, especially in the way they produce a significant stress response. While I realize that most of my clients won’t be working in physically dangerous situations, everyone experiences stress in some manner. Whether your stress comes from work, family, or even traffic, we all physically react in biologically predetermined ways, and if you don’t learn how to perform fundamental movements safely and properly during times of stress, you are more likely to suffer from injury or disease. In a nutshell, the quality of a person’s movements, and any resulting gains in health/fitness, are totally impaired when they’re under stress. So I like doing things that may seem ordinary or even easy, while all sorts of obstacles are thrown my way.