31, Personal Trainer at Germantown Athletic Club and Wrestling Coach at Houston High
I exercise 6 days a week—3 days of bodybuilding, 2 days of HIIT, and 1 day of active recovery.
NEXT YEAR’S GOAL
Compete in a grappling tournament. It’s been over a decade since I transitioned from athlete to coach.
BIGGEST FITNESS MYTH
“Go hard or go home.“ I tell my clients to train deliberately. Plan for high-intensity days as well as low-impact sessions. Think long-term! A solid exercising program will have a little bit of everything.
BIGGEST NUTRITION MYTH
Having a protein shake right after your workout is a top priority. Focus on your pre-and post-workout nutrition equally. We need fuel to train and building blocks to recover. I would only prioritize a protein shake if you are training again within the next 24 hours. If not, just eat right!
MOST OVERLOOKED BODY PART
Most people have over dominant quads, which has a domino effect on the rest of the body. This can lead to stiff lower backs, tight hamstrings, immobile ankles… the list goes on.
MY FAVE EQUIPMENT
Kettlebell—end of discussion. You can lift it, swing it, pull it, or press it. During the 2020 shutdown, I immediately purchased a 44-pound Kettlebell, and it kept me busy until the gyms reopened.
ALWAYS IN MY GYM BAG
Headphones (extra bass!)
MY FITNESS IDOL
Metshell Shaw. She introduced me to exercising at a young age and it has since become a part of who I am. It’s not always fun (motivation comes and goes), so it’s important to fall in love with the process and remember why you are doing what you are doing.
MY GO-TO SNACK
Do 30 hot wings count as a snack?
I listen to my body by eating when hungry and stopping when full. Exercising is genuinely fun for me, but dieting is not. It is a daily struggle to make the right decisions in the kitchen. On Sundays, my wife cooks our meal prep for the entire week. With my long days, I wouldn’t be able to function without proper nutrients. MY
My wife and I have so much more life to live, and I want to be here to experience it.
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