What made you want to become a trainer?
You have the opportunity to create an influence large enough to change somebody’s life for the better. Helping individuals reach goals that they have been aspiring to reach for years; building confidence to talk to that person that they were too shy to talk to before; doing an activity that was once improbable; overcoming an injury or a tragedy and being able to move forward. That is why I am a personal trainer.
What is your training philosophy?
It’s not about what’s on the scale, it’s about how you feel. With a healthy, positive mind set comes great accomplishments.
How would you describe your training style?
My training style is diverse because of my experience training individuals recovering from injuries or suffering chronic disease to athletes preparing for events. My training sessions are client oriented and unique to the clients’ needs. I like to educate my clients on why we are doing our training the way we are as well. A client should be able to walk away with a complete understanding of why their training program is working.
How do you determine how to train a new client?
In order to accurately train a client you must get to know them first, go over a past medical history, and then begin assessing goals together. Goal setting is very important in ensuring results are achieved in an efficient manner.
What are your favourite fitness activities?
Weight lifting, Golf, Hockey, Baseball, Tennis, Hiking
Tell us about some of the people you’ve met at Gold’s
I have met hundreds of people at Gold’s over the time I have trained here. They have all been great to get to know. Nathan has been my client for over 2 years now. I have watched him achieve his fitness goals and now we go to scotch tasting every Friday.
Helen, Lindsay and James, a family that has stayed committed since they signed up and go out of their way to help out people they care about. Donna always has something to say while she is doing her cardio that will crack me up and put a smile on my face
There are so many people I could mention here that I have had a positive interaction with
How do you stay in shape?
I weight train 6 days per week and on my spare time I will do some of the fitness activities I mentioned earlier. A balanced nutrition program is also key to staying in shape.
What is most important in life?
Building relationships with the people around you and creating opportunities to do the things that you want to do.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I have wanted to work in a Gold’s Gym since I was 13 years old.
What are a few of your favourite things?
Lifting weights, Steak, Scotch, Summer, Mountains, Coffee
Achieving my goal of becoming a personal trainer, and doing so in a Gold’s Gym.
What are you most proud of?
Watching my clients grow as individuals and reach their goals
Tell us about your life!
I was born and raised in Drayton Valley Alberta. I have two younger sisters. I grew up playing hockey, starting at a young age and finishing when I chose to move to Lethbridge for school. I took Exercise Science and attained my above credentials over 3 years of schooling. I am a Toronto Blue Jays and Edmonton Oilers (calm down) fan. My passion is helping people grow and achieve their goals, from clients to new and growing personal trainers.
Describe a typical day for you
I wake up and eat a great breakfast, usually have a large cup of black coffee. Then head to Gold’s Gym by 8:45 most days, unless I’m needed earlier. Once I get in I will either begin training a client or make sure that the schedule for the trainers is looking accurate for the day. My workouts are squeezed in whenever I get a chance. Depending on the day I will have anywhere from 3-9 personal training hours. Other times I am working on things with the trainers or the general manager to enhance the personal training experience at the club. I will try and talk to as many people as I can during the day because the members in the gym are what make my job just that much better. I have multiple tasks during the day, but I won’t waste more of your time with that. I usually leave work around 7:30pm – 10pm. When I get home I usually unwind by reading or doing the typical Netflix thing.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger I wanted to become a professional hockey player. As I got older I wanted to become a personal trainer.
If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be?
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronnie Coleman, Reg Park, Kai Greene and Betty White