I spent many years racing triathlon and marathons, having made it to the finish line of 6 Ironmans and numerous smaller races, as well as the Waikiki Rough Water Swim and many Alcatraz crossings. I had decided to train like I thought a pro-athlete would, which was to have a support crew who would use techniques like massage and put me back together each week for the next week’s workouts. This would continue for weeks on end where I would train and push myself to muscle aches and then therapists would take it all away enough to do it again the next week. I thought this was the way athletes would keep going and until some point at which my body broke down so much that I could not continue.
Boy was I wrong.
I began to wonder about why I kept getting injured while others would not. How could some of my friends keep their heavy training schedules and seemingly repeat this every week without the therapist support I had?
My first aha! moment was through swimming. After spending years swimming at terminal mediocrity, I discovered Total Immersion through Coach Shinji Takeuchi, whose Youtube video and live coaching inspired me to finally clean up my stroke, rebuild it from the ground up, and ultimately become a Total Immersion coach in 2011. Through swimming correctly, I learned that technique plays a major role in every movement that we do. Learning the correct technique will reduce dramatically the injuries that can happen.
As I trained swimmers I realized that many of my athletes had limitations in movement or strength and I started diving into land based disciplines to help them get better. I became a Strength Matters Kettlebell Level 1 coach, an Original Strength Level 2 coach, an Onnit Academy Steel Mace Specialist, and Progressive Calesthenics Coach. I also learned numerous rehabilitation disciplines:
From all of these I pick and choose techniques to improve and enhance my athletes.
Nutrition is an important part of health and performance. I became a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach and am currently working towards a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification. I coach using their ProCoach software which is an excellent, habit-based curriculum for transforming your nutrition to achieve some goal like fat loss or better health.
My current projects include:
Train and pass the Russian Kettlebell Certification.
Press the half bodyweight kettlebell. Same for Turkish Get-Up.
Precision Nutrition Level 2 Certification.
Master the Human Flag.
Crawl a mile, with knees up continuously in one session.
I am always working on expanding my knowledge in movement, training and rehab, strength and conditioning, and nutrition.