Originally from Blue Ridge Georgia, I went to Fannin County High where I was two time all state selection in football. I Signed full scholarship to play football at Georgia Southern University where I was a part of 2 Southern Conference Championships and 1 Sun-Belt Championship although sidelined the last 3 years of my career due to injury. When football ended I quickly lost 45lbs and focused on preparing for a career in physical therapy earning my Bachelors In Exercise Science with an emphasis in coaching, nutrition, and psychology as well as my CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). During my undergrad I made Deans List multiple times and athletic Honor Roll. I spent several semesters working with the Georgia Southern Athletics Strength and Conditioning staff as well as the physical therapy clinic at Riverstone Medical in Blue Ridge Ga. I've worked with several strokes and cancer patients. I also work as a white water raft guide on the Ocoee River in Polk County Tennessee where the '96 Olympic kayaking trials were held. I also have experience in youth/elderly training, sport, and exercise psychology counseling.
My training philosophy -
Applying proven scientific knowledge to every single detail of any protocol. I never approach any two people the same. Personality/specialization is vital.
How does your service stand out?
There has never been another you and never will be another you, therefore there is no typical session. I develop programs based on specifically detailed understandings of each individual on many levels.
With my extensive background and experience in strength and conditioning with division 1 athletes, physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition and exercise/sport psychology counseling, and flexibility training, special populations training, and a strong understanding of all things in and around the scope of exercise physiology I hope to transform lives by educating clients on every facet of their health and fitness. I intend to teach clients all that I can rather than just tell them what to do. This way, they have the tools and knowledge to continue their health and fitness journey long after working with me as well as pass that knowledge on to others.
I am extremely personable and very good at understanding individual needs not only in program design, nutrition, flexibility, age/gender considerations, etc. but also in the social, psychosocial, and psychological understanding of people and the effect they have on a person who engages in regular exercise. I am dedicated to perfecting the smallest details because the whole picture and desired goals are unattainable and unsustainable without the smallest details. Ultimately, reaching your goals is a journey, not a destination. Each detail is a small step forward or backward. I will only allow you to step forward on your lifelong fitness journey.
What is your typical process for working with a new client?
The first meeting is typically used to get an understanding of the individuals' needs, goals, and expectations from themselves as well as me. Most importantly I am looking to gain some insight on you as an individual. The science and application of the programs I put in place for clients will always be extremely personalized not only from a physical aspect but also from a functional, nutritional, and psychological perspectives. If you have any type of pre-existing condition or special need/request your program will be tailored to that request without compromising the effectiveness.
What type of clients have you worked with?
Pro and Division 1 Athletes, General population including youth as well as geriatric training. Also special populations including people with chronic diseases, stroke and cancer patients, individuals with physical disabilities and mental/psychological disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger syndrome etc). Everyone.
What advice would you give a client looking to hire someone in your area of work?
Get a good read on the trainer's desire to help people in a true sense. Many say they do this because they love helping people but when it comes to stepping out of their comfort zone or offering anything that doesn't provide them a great incentive they seem to be much less enthused. Also their knowledge obviously. More importantly how well they apply their fundamental knowledge to your situation.