Q. Can you give us some background about yourself?
A. I started training hard in college and would go to the gym during my breaks. Ended up spending more time in there than I did in class.
Was taking Graphic Design and then firefighting. Found I had a proficiency in training and an adept ability to motivate other s to do the same. Started working at Bally’s in 2001 and won the trainer of the Year and subsequently become the manager of the PT dept. Won the elite performing manager of the Year in 2003 and eventually left Bally’s to open my own studio where my goal was to correct all that I found wrong with where I had come from.
Q. What got you started in fitness?
A. A friend was working at the Bally’s in Toronto where I was living and I ended up going there to train with him. A few weeks later I was offered a job there from the manager. After thinking about it for a while I decided to give it a go. I saw the money my friend was making approx $3000 every 2 weeks and that was a lot to me at the time. I studied hard, got certified and worked there during the evenings until I figured I would be OK to leave my fulltime job. It only took me 2 weeks to make enough at Bally’s to leave so I did.
How I actually got started training was a girlfriend had mentioned that her ex boyfriend had an incredible body and that it was better than mine. After I recovered from that blow to my ego she said “Well he works out so of course it is.” That was enough for me to start the next day and I have never stopped. My motivation has changed a hundred times since then but that was the first. Turned out I met her ex years later on a summer job site. Really nice guy and we are still friends to day. Funny to think that he had a bigger more muscular physique than me now as he is so small and skinny but he did.
Q. What is it about fitness that you love so much?
A. I love the energy that it creates inside you and the energy it creates around you.
Q. What adversities have you had to overcome?
A. Leaving Bally’s making over $100K a year to move to a new city, buy a house and get married all the while opening my own studio. That year I started getting grey hair. Since that transition year the grey seems to have stalled a bit.
Q. What are your favorite and least favorite exercises?
A. I hate training calves cause they hurt like a son of a bitch but I do them.
I love doing chin ups.
Q. What are your tips for the beginner, intermediate and advanced?
A. For beginners keep it simple. Train the exercises you hate to do the most namely squats, deadlifts and chinups and spend less time doing arms. Eat all day long and never stop. If you don’t feel busting a the waist full all day long you are probably not eating enough. Lift heavy but maintain your form first and mentally project your visions of what you want to become into every set you do. You will never be able to generate the intensity required if you don’t remain focused especially at the point of muscle failure.
Intermediates - After you have trained for a few years look at the different styles of training you have been using and mix it up. There are probably a ton of exercises that are great that you have never tried and styles of training that will make your training seem new again.
Advanced – At this point you’re probably stiff as a board so try taking some different classes like hot yoga to stretch out. Hire a good trainer even if it is once every other week to remind you what intense training feels like. As funny as it sounds take a super high rep weight Group class as you have probably never done that and it will totally shock your body and make you as sore as you ever have been. Also, it is good idea to look for different events or contests that you can enter to motivate your training again. I started competing in short triathlons the last few summers. Now I don’t train too hard for them as I don’t want to lose too much mass but I like remaining focused on a total body approach. Keeping muscle and athleticism while improving endurance and flexibility have been my focus over the last couple of years.
Q. Where do you stand on the use of steroids and supplements?
A. If you use juice you will have short term gains but will eventually fall back to where you would normally be anyways. You also will probably develop a last attitude towards training and lose your edge.
I am pro supplements especially when it comes to protein shakes and gainers. Never use them in place of food but add them to an already existing and successful eating plan. It try to keep my shakes to 2 a day. Other supplements I promote are creatine, glutamine, EFAs and a multi.
Q. What is the toughest part about fitness for you?
A. Balancing my ever increasing business and family schedule while still getting my training in. But hell this is what I coach everyone to do so if I can’t do it then it doesn’t mean squat.
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