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 Level 2 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, not to mention increasing speed with less effort.
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 Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC) Level 1 coach, an Original Strength Pro coach, an Onnit Academy Steel Mace Specialist, and Progressive Calisthenics Coach. I also learned numerous rehabilitation and training disciplines. To name a few:
Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) Level 1
Anatomy in Motion
Primal Movement Chains by Perry Nickelston
FMS Level 1 and 2
Primitive Reflex Integration
StrongFirst StrongEndurance and Second Wind by Pavel
From all of these, I pick and choose techniques to improve and enhance my clients.
Along the way, I became more interested in more than just physical training, and dived into how to improve overall health.
Nutrition is one of those critical parts of health and performance that is often misunderstood or not addressed. I became a Precision Nutrition Level 2 Coach to aid my clients achieve goals like fat loss, healthier eating patterns, or to support better health.
In exploring how to break down internal and external barriers to reaching desired, optimal states, I trained as a health coach and am now an ADAPT Functional Health Coach. Broadening my perspective to encompass life coaching, I then credentialed with the International Coaching Federation as an Associate Certified Coach. I see life, health, and wellness coaching as an umbrella over all of my other offerings and provides a unique way of partnering with a client to design the life they desire.
My current projects include:
Press the half bodyweight kettlebell.
Master the Human Flag.
One arm kettlebell swings with the Beast (48kg).
Full middle splits.
Downward facing dog with my heels completely on the ground.
Resolving my thyroid issues through completely natural means.
I am always working on expanding my knowledge in healing, coaching, movement, training and rehab, strength and conditioning, and nutrition. You will always find me enrolled in a course or traveling to the next workshop!