Where it all began
Throughout my life I have always been guided by an inner passion. Since 1996 I have been dedicated to weightlifting. Through my participation in sports – football, power lifting and track and field – I discovered the importance of weights in conditioning and performance. Five years of college football gave me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills as the team captain for three of those years. I dedicated myself to inspiring and guiding my team mates to be in the best shape possible.
How I was introduced to bodybuilding
When I graduated, bodybuilding became my next athletic challenge. With the guidance of my brother-in-law, Trevor Sajdak, in 2006 I competed and won overall in the Novice Division at the Olympus (Buffalo, NY). In the spring and fall of 2007 I competed in Open Middle Weight Divisions and won 1st place in both competitions. Finally, in 2008 I earned my pro card, taking the overall at the CanAm (Buffalo, NY). The following week I entered the Pro Division at the Rochester Northeast and took 4th place in a class of 9 pros. Needless to say, I was bitten by the bug. I continued, traveling to Chicago to take part in the OCB Mid West States (1st place – medium division). Since then, I have continued to compete in numerous bodybuilding shows (never taking less than 2nd) and fitness modeling competitions, all while building my business and true passion in helping others through personal training. I began personal training in 2006 and instantly knew it was my calling. I quickly built a strong reputation not only as a one-on-one trainer, but also as a preparation coach and mentor.
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.”- Mohammed Ali.
This quote from Mohammed Ali inspires me as I work with clients. Every client has an inner desire or dream. Whether it is to live a healthier life, lose weight, or achieve fitness or nutritional goals, it is my job to connect with that inner desire. Through our work together in the gym, I commit to help each person achieve his or her goals. I try to lead by example.