Certifications and Education:
- Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM)
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
- Functional Movement Screen Specialist
- DotFit Nutrition
- Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan State University
Who am I?
Born to an Italian pops, a mut mother and a determined mind to never take life too seriously. I have two dogs, an amazing wife and a family that would do anything for me. It’s easy to say that I am a very lucky guy to have the support from so many amazing people!
I’m not your typical exercise guru. I am a guy who loves to have fun. If you don’t feel like having fun when you’re taking charge of your health, I’m not your guy. With that said, the importance of staying strong, stable and in great health has always been a focus.
My story started when I was in my junior year of high school. I always wanted to be the dude who was under six feet tall but could dunk a basketball. My dreams were frequent, my drive for a higher jump was something I busted my butt for day in and day out. I was nearing the rim…could grab it…could dunk a volleyball and may have ‘dunked’ once or twice…but that wasn’t good enough. I wanted to throw down.
Needless to say, I was passionate about jumping, dunking and was a pretty good athlete. Until…one day while casually playing a game of basketball, I went one way, my knee went the other. Boom.
Torn ACL, MCL, and a partially torn PCL.
6 months of recovery later, I was back on the court. Working hard to get back up to the rim. I spent my senior year of high school rehabbing the knee until I felt confident enough in it to start playing my freshman year of college. It was a casual amount of basketball…and I was feeling great! I could sort of dunk…but not throw down.
And so began the cycle.
Dreams. Big Dreams. Of dunking, running fast and being a superb athlete. I continued my adventures into college, originally as a mechanical engineering major. It was awesome. Building bridges, stresses, levers and nerd stuff. All the while, I kept up with basketball – where I once again, ended up tearing my other leg’s ACL and meniscus!
Sick and tired of getting injured – I enrolled in anatomy class and the rest is history. It clicked, I loved it and decided to change majors to Kinesiology.
Over the last few years I have worked at a Big Ten University, lived and worked in Virginia managing a team of 15 as lead trainer, started and ran managed a medically oriented gym in Honolulu. I recently started my own business helping people from all walks of life in achieving their health goals. I understand where people need to be structurally strong before attacking their health goals, the same way I neglected that aspect before injury. I love strength training, overcoming challenges and improving performance. Building programs and understanding physical stress is a huge part of what I do – while also respecting the idea of building a strong base over time. Health is fun, I am excited by it and
My Promise to you:
1)Serve as a tool for all things related to health, fitness, rehabilitation, nutrition, exercise and life. There is a lot of stuff out there that people have to filter through and this is my best effort at expanding and growing your experience. I’ll be straight forward with you if you have questions and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll tell you.
2)Serve as a guide to you as you learn and see your fitness goals achieved. So much of life is written in the minutiae of everyday life. And in it, we explore the best ways to improve your health. We focus on readiness and accountability first, with a clear direction and laser focus.
3)See some results and have some friggin fun.