Meet Our Trainers:
Fitness has not always been a part of my life. I was overweight during most of my childhood and even had high cholesterol at a young age. While my parents initially struggled to get me active, once I found my true motivation I have not looked back. From the inspiration to be fit enough to play Division I soccer, to be fit enough to lead a healthy non-sedentary adult lifestyle, my motivation to be active continues to change and evolve. Helping others find their true motivation and coaching them through safe manners to accomplish their goals continues to be the best part of being a trainer for the past 3 years. The opportunity to witness individuals transform in front of my very own eyes into the person they thought they could never become, or get back to, is a special and unique aspect of what makes this such a special job.
Hobbies: Playing and watching soccer, basketball and tennis; Hiking; Gym lifting.
Describe your personal workout routine(s) and goals: I exercise five times a week for about 1.5 hours each time consisting of a cardio warm-up and split routine to avoid exercising the same muscles two days in a row. My goal is to remain healthy and active so I can reach 50 years of age without major health or physical complications.
What are your favorite exercises? My favorite types of exercises include a mixture of cardio and weight training. Outside of the gym, I enjoy competitive sports such as soccer, basketball and tennis.
What keeps you motivated to live a healthy lifestyle? My motivation is to remain healthy and active so I can have an appropriate foundation that will allow me to age with a minimized risk of developing sedentary-induced complications such as diabetes or lower back issues.
What’s your biggest obstacle to living a healthy lifestyle? As most, the biggest obstacle is finding the time to exercise with a full-time job/or being a full-time student and family responsibilities. While it is difficult, it is a matter of setting and arranging priorities. Exercising for me only stands behind family and work/school.
Go-to preworkout: Whole banana ~30 minutes prior to exercising.
Go-to postworkout: ~20 grams of Whey protein solute with either milk or water. If that’s not available, then 0% fat Faye yogurt with sliced apples.
What’s your favorite cheat meal? Pizza, Chipotle, burgers (though rare).
What’s your favorite dessert? Luckily I never developed a sweet tooth so turning a blind side to sweets in the past 5-6 years hasn’t been hard. Nevertheless, if I’d have to choose one, I would have to go with flan.
Worst excuse for missing a workout? “I have no time to work out today.” It doesn’t always have to be a 1.5 hour lifting session at the gym. Could be a 20 minute run or elliptical work.
What would you miss the most if you stopped working out? The re-energized feeling after working out and the one time a day when I shut the entire world out.
Most hated fitness/nutrition myth?“All carbs and all fats are bad.” If one works out and diets properly, carbs and good fats comprise a key element to recovery and growth.
Favorite song for…
- Cardio: Lean On by Major Lazer
- Lifting: Forever by Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West & Eminem
- Walking to/driving to the gym: Immigrant song by Led Zeppelin
My friends describe me as….outgoing and goal-oriented.
Something you might not know about me is…I am a sucker for romantic comedies.
What is always on your grocery list? Kale, nuts such as almonds/cashews/pistachios, 0% fat Faye yogurt, Peanut butter, Eggs, and Chicken breast.
Best advice you ever received? Be selfish with your success, regardless of what your goal is. Once you achieve it, you’re the only one who can take credit for it so tune out everything/everyone else.
Which superpower would you choose to have? Flying.