How I got started
I played basketball throughout my younger years, so when I was about 15, I convinced my mom to get me a membership at 24 Hour Fitness so I could work on improving my vertical and speed. Seeing results from my training was addicting, and I was immediately hooked. I stopped playing basketball after school, and I continued to do bodybuilding full-time.
After years of training under my belt, I started competing in bodybuilding competitions. I went on to win the 2011 NPC Border States Classic and the 2012 NPC Southern California Championship and other local shows, but I decided to retire from competing in the NPC to focus more on my business.
After a year I decided to get back on stage, but this time with a drug tested organization the INBA/PNBA. I ended up earning my pro card my first show.
One thing that I believe helped me a lot when I was younger was not caring about time. I wasn't in a rush to get my physique to a certain level or another persons level. I just had fun chasing strength when training, eating big and competing against myself. That's what it's all about.
My current training
While I got started in bodybuilding, my current training is a combination of bodybuilding and strength training. If you follow me at all, you know I'm not afraid to move some heavy weight. If you're getting stronger and continuing to move more weight, then your body has no choice but to grow. If you’re increasing strength with powerlifting style training, that will translate into your bodybuilding because you will be able to move more weight with the increased workload you are doing with isolation/accessory work – hence working hand in hand.
My exact training program varies and I like to switch it up, so browse through my programs to see the different splits I work with.
I utilize IIFYM (if it fits your macros) otherwise known as Flexible Dieting or what I like to call these days just "counting macros" I don't have a set diet with set food sources because every day is totally different for me. As long as I'm hitting my macro, micro and fiber goals for the day, I'm good.
The way nutrition is preached in the fitness industry, it makes it extremely hard for people starting out. When I first began training, I was taught and accustomed to the whole “clean and dirty” mentality toward dieting, giving food morals "good and bad" Which is not a very balanced nor healthy way to live. You're forced to avoid food sources that you enjoy just because you may be trying to lose fat and, ultimately, you deprive yourself physically and mentally.
And I don't know about you, but I really enjoy my food.
What training with me is like
I absolutely love helping others reach their goals with balance and simplicity. Even though we won't physically be working out together, as your coach, I'm going to be with you every step of the way. You will have to understand that there is no magic pill and that results take time. However, I'll take all the guesswork out for you so you can live a life with balance while consistently progressing towards your goals.
Learn more about my one-on-one training here.