A:I grew up in the VERY small town of Sebago, Maine. My 6th grade graduating class was 13 kids. At the time growing up, we didn’t even have the option of cable, so needless to say I kept myself busy playing outside.
Attending Under Grad, and played football at Plymouth State College, in New Hampshire.
After college, I moved back to Portland, Maine. In 2006 I moved to Sacramento, California and have established both myself, and career out here!
Q:How did your fitness career begin?
A:I’ve always been active in sports and hobbies, so fitness has always been a passion of mine, my original for college was to go in to Physical Therapy, and I felt I could help people, and I always used fitness and personal training as a secondary gig. But the more I worked in both, I understood that not only could I help people in fitness, but also help prevent a lot of people from needing physical therapy to begin with. When I moved to California, I teamed up with a physical therapy clinic that also specialized in golf fitness. From there I continued to get certified, and educated in general fitness, as well as golf specific. Between a niche of golf fitness, an getting good results in strength training and weight loss clients, my schedule filled quickly, and what was originally my “plan B”, became my primary career. But I think my background in physical therapy, really helped in understanding injury prevention, and muscle limitations.
Q:What's your diet and workout routine look like?
A:Right now, I’m not in training for anything specific, (triathlons, running, hiking, golf). So I’m basically trying to simply stay fit, stay healthy, and right now, drop my weight and % body fat a few percent.
Most people think as a personal trainer, I work out 7 days a week, eat clean, and am picture perfect with my nutrition 100% of the time… WRONG. I’m no different then a lot of my clients, I’m extremely busy right now, which means I need to be very efficient with my workouts. If I’m lucky I get 3 quality strength training days in a week, but that also means those work outs need to be all inclusive. I workout for about 50-60 minutes, it’s a full body routine, fairly high intensity, with a focus on strength circuits with the primary lifts, (deadlifts, squats, lunges, horizontal push and pulls, and usually some unilateral / ipsilateral lifts) and finish with higher intensity, metabolic cardio (sprints, battle ropes, complex lifts etc.) for added days, I try to sneak in runs before or after work, or sometimes even bike to work. As far as diet, I have my weaknesses like everyone else too, so I do my best to not have those available to me. I food prep when I can, and recently I work with a company who does food prep, because lets face it, my time is important, and I can think of about 100 things I'd rather do on my day off then sit in a kitchen and cook. Yes, it’s a little more expensive then if I did it myself, but it also allows me much more time freedom.
Q:Food prep is premium! When you train your clients, what's the one thing you see that either makes them successful or unsuccessful?
A:MINDSET- “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t…. You’re right” – Henry Ford.
I’ve always loved that quote, and I believe it. More often then not, people come to me not because they don’t know what to do, or how to eat… it's because they don’t think they can do it on their own. Or they see people on-line or on TV and think “there’s no way I can do that, or look like that” yet they never tried. I can tell someone word for what, WHAT to do in the gym, how to eat, and the best way to train, but until they take action, and make changes, and believe its possible, they will always falter, or regress.
Q:So what's the key to self motivation?
A:Strive for progress, not perfection, and focus on life long heath and fitness. People get so wrapped up in quick fixes, fads, and unmentionable long term changes, so when the stop their current diet, or workout program, they lose momentum, lose motivation and usually revert back to not only their same old habits, but their same weight. The key to motivation is making small, but lasting changes. Don’t get overwhelmed, and don’t be afraid to celebrate the small successes, on the way to your bigger goals!
Q:What current fitness trends do you see in the industry?
A:I’d say the two biggest trends I see right now are Wearables, and Studio Style Training.
Wearables like Fitbit, HR Monitors, Tracking Devices, Smart Phone Apps…. there are so many options. You can’t find a lot of variables of your training at the touch of a button. Markers such as heart rate, calories burns, intensity level, pace, distance, various averages, make it great to really customize your training. The two flaws I see in variables so far is accuracy, or malfunction issues, which can be really frustrating, or more importantly, the unawareness of WHAT to do with the information you can get. It’s not always about calorie burn. If your goals are to gain strength or size and tone, you may be better of at a lower intensity that may burn less overall calories, compared to blasting through a workout burning as many calories as possible.
The second trend I’m seeing, are training gyms and studios. Obviously the big box gyms aren’t going away, but with people looking for more specific training, or niche training, studios are opening up that either specialize on a specific training, (MMA, Barre, Spin, Golf, other sports) or studios that have every workout led by a trainer, (one on one, Duel, Small Group, Semi Private, or Bootcamp). It's great because with these gyms, people can still get educated, and trained by professions, but with a group setting, it’s a fraction of the cost per person, yet the trainer can still optimize time and income.
Q:Switching gears. Tell us about Varimax Fitness...
A:Well, interestingly enough, I had never planned on being a business owner, but as I tried the corporate gyms and big box gyms, I didn’t always agree with the “sales first” approach, and my plan was to focus on Golf Fitness and Performance at Fitgolf Performance Center, but I still had a lot of people seeking me out, or seeing me highlighted on various websites, and wanting to train with me, so I basically developed Varimax Fitness as a Side Project, because I really loved training the general public, and it complemented the golf training I did, and obviously, it continued to do well, better then expected actually, and has become my primary focus for public outreach, and being able to change more lives to make people happier and healthier, and I obviously still love the Golf Fitness as well!
Q:What other projects are you currently working on?
A:I just recently won a personal training recognition, the 2015 Life Fitness, Personal Trainer to Watch. The Personal Trainers to Watch program is in its fifth year, and this year’s competition brought in nearly 1,000 nominations from a record-breaking 49 countries and territories. The live global judging event was held at David Lloyd Club Turó in Barcelona, Spain. That’s opened up a few doors as far as public speaking events, and article opportunities.
I’m also a Fitness Consultant on a “DRIVEN" Golf Show, staring Guiness Record holder and 2012 World Long Drive Champion, Ryan Winther and his co-Host Isaac “Sasquatch” Sanchez (Big Break, Golf Chanel).
I have teamed up with the Wounded Warrior foundation of Northern California, to give small group and semi private workouts to their warriors! I’m also the president of a Local Lions Club, a community Service Organization, not only do we hold various charity events, but I put on workouts for our club as well.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A:Up to you what you want to use!!
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Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com