Story

Story

 

My fitness journey started when I was 12 years old. One weekend I looked in the mirror after a shower and said “self, you’re fat!”. So I went to my mom and asked her to enroll me in Karate. Luckily, I’d done karate back when I was 6 and after an interview with my Sensei he let me come back to train. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn anything about nutrition. Despite working out 6 days a week I was a whopping 265lbs when I earned my 2nd Degree Blackbelt at age 18.

A few months later I started college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. Daytona Beach! I had to get in shape, right? Well, I did the exact opposite of what I was doing. I focused on my nutrition and let me exercise slip. I did manage to drop down to a “healthy” 230lbs by the time I graduated in 2006!

After college I started running every night. I thought I had it down! I was having an EAS shake for breakfast, running in the afternoon… but still eating Taco Bell, sloppy Joes, and drinking heavily on the weekends. No matter what I did I just couldn’t get past 210lbs. Not even those “diet pills” helped! I tried everything from Stacker 2 to sea weed cleanses. Finally, after a cruise with my girlfriend to the Carribean I got desperate. I went to my Doctor and she showed me how to log my food. She also prescribed B6 and B12 shots along with some other meds. You know what, they worked! I got down to 188, but I felt like crap. I was jittery, sucking down energy drinks every few hours, and just not really taking care of myself. I was letting the drugs do all the work.

Finally, in Fall of 2009 I discovered Beachbody and P90X. THIS was the missing piece to the puzzle. P90X showed me that you didn’t need pills, gimmicks, or a magic wand. You needed sweat, whole food, and you had to Bring It! I fell in love with Beachbody so much that I became a Coach in February 2010. Now I help people get fit and healthy while avoiding all of those mistakes I made.

Today I have completed several Beachbody programs including P90X, Insanity, Turbo Jam, and ChaLEAN Extreme. I’m a certified Turbo Kick and Hip Hop Hustle Instructor. Soon I hope to be a certified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, and Sports Therapist.

Family is the most important part of my life. Family is why I work so hard to stay fit. I have a wonderful girlfriend who is traveling on this road with me. She’s not only a fellow Beachbody Coach, but also certified in Turbo Kick, PiYo, and Hip Hop Hustle. Together we work out three days a week and have discovered a whole new life together being fit, healthy, and happy.

Being a Beachbody Coach has also inspired both of my sisters to become fit. One is a fellow Beachbody Coach and is going to college for Sports Medicine. The other aspires to be a Nutritionist while working out with Turbo Jam every day.

Also in my life are my two dogs and two cats. They’re like my kids. If I’m not chasing them around the house or cleaning up after them we’re usually on the couch watching TV or playing in the front yard.

I love to stay busy and I consider myself a pretty well-rounded guy. I have hobbies in just about every aspect of life. From High Powered Rocketry to video gaming.

In college my primary focus was High Powered Rocketry. That means building and launching rockets that were bigger than an Estes from Wal-Mart! My Sophomore Year I got certified to launch H and I motors (think MagLight size). I also co-founded the Icarus Project. This was an effort to create a 2-stage rocket that would reach space. Unfortunately, we didn’t make space. We did, however, hit 37.8 miles which was an altitude record! The project launched a whole new Design Track at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, FL. So, despite not hitting space I can proudly say I’ve left my legacy on the future Engineers of the world!

One of my favorite hobbies is costuming, or “cosplay”. I started this in college as well when I joined the Rebel Legion. I submitted my Jedi costume just in time to march my first Star Wars Weekends parade at Disney World! I’ve been doing it every since. Since then I’ve joined the 501st Legion, Wolf Pack Elite, Costumers with a Cause, and several others. I also went on to co-found the largest resource for Clonetrooper Costuming, Clonetroopers.net. But I don’t just dress up for parades. The majority of the time I’m using my costumes to help charity events like the Ronald McDonald House, Base Camp, and several local hospitals. It’s a wonderful feeling to work with my hands and create something that will bring a smile to just about any kid’s (and sometimes adult’s!) face.

Some say education is the most important part of life. I agree! Whether it be through formal courses or just reading anything I can get my hands on, I’m always striving to learn.

I graduated High School in 2001 from Pinellas Park High School. I was a member of the National Honor Society, took several Advanced Placement courses, and was a active member of both the schools Wind Symphony and Marching Band.

When it came to college I was a bit lost. I knew I wanted to be an Engineer, but I also loved flying. I received a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. However, I ended up attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. I started my college career as a Computer Engineer, but quickly learned that I hated to program! So I switched up to Aerospace Engineer and graduated in 2006.

While in college I was a member of the Embry-Riddle Future Space Explorers and Developers Society (ERFSEDS). There I served as PR Officer, Webmaster, and eventually President. Through ERFSEDS I was able to let my fascination for rocketry flourish and co-founded the Icarus Project. This wasn’t my only club. I was also a member of the Riddle Players Theater Company. With the Riddle Players I performed in the Three Musketeers, a 15 Minute Hamlet, and helped on several short-film projects.

My first steps into the “real world” had me at Kennedy Space Center as a Systems Engineer. I was responsible for maintaining the Emergency Egress System, the Sound Suppression Holding Tanks, and the Orbiter Aft Access Platforms. My duties also had me doing some really cool stuff, like serving on the Special Assessment Team for the Space Shuttle Motion Simulator in Houston, Texas. I got to work with Astronauts on a regular basis, rotate the Service Structure around the Space Shuttle on the Pad, lift payloads into the Payload Changeout Room, and inspect the External Tank.

Thanks to my work with the United Space Alliance I was able to become a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, become an OSHA Qualified Fall Protection person, and become a certified rappeller.

My education continues through Team Beachbody and into the health and fitness realm. Thanks to the various programs I’ve learned what proper nutrition is, how I should workout for maximum benefit, and above all how to do it safely. I’m currently working on becoming a Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, and Sports Therapist.

No matter what I’m doing, I’m always learning!

I have 2 dogs and 2 cats!