A:I was born and raised in N.J., although I moved around a lot when I was younger, the majority of time was spent in Fort Lee.
Q:What does fitness mean to you?
A:Fitness for me is a way of life and an important entity of my everyday schedule. It allows me to release stress, focus my energy and motivate others through my own daily habits, actions and discipline.
Q:Tell us about your diet...
A:My diet varies pertaining to what I'm training for- whether it’s an upcoming shoot, my competition season or just maintaining a certain condition. I do know it's not always strict and I enjoy my cheat days just as much as the next athlete.
Q:What type(s) of workout routines do you do?
A:My workouts consist of cycles that are put together by my coaches. My training starts usually mid September and goes through to competition season in July. Early in our season it is all conditioning work and a lot of volume. Our sessions usually last 4hrs with the first spent on strength in the gym and the other three spent on the track concentrating on technique drills, flexibility and dynamic movements, and finally hitting our workout on the track. As our season progresses the training template changes from quantity to quality. At this point we are concentrating on not so much the strength in the gym but the quality speed reps out on the track and really training our fast twitch fibers to fire as we are in competition mode.
Q:When did becoming a fitness model happen?
A:Fitness modeling kind of just evolved with me as I did some modeling when I was in my late teens then left it. As my athlete career took shape, fitness modeling was like second nature to me as being a pro track athlete keeps me about a week out from shoot ready year round. So I always say I'm an athlete first before a fitness model.
Q:When you're not working out or at a shoot, what can we find you doing?
A:When I'm not physically active I'm usually working on my athlete image always establishing new relationships with like minds. I cherish my weekends especially during my training season, so good movies, great food and I'm a big cirque du soleil fan.
Q:Where do you see the fitness industry heading?
A:The fitness industry is constantly changing and the internet is number one, through social media, websites and ambassadors of companies utilizing athletes at their forefront. I have also been watching fitness programs conform more towards dynamic movements and incorporating more of a sprinters regimen. This is ironic to me as I have been a sprinter for years now competing and more and more people ask me about my training. So in short the day of the big bodybuilder look is fading and the athletes functionality of strength, power and speed rule.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A:Sure you guys can find me at all the links below where all questions are welcomed and answered. Follow my story as it builds towards 2016 RIO Olympics!
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for HealtHaven.com