Tell us a little about you...
I was born in Palm Desert CA, but I moved to Reno when I was just a baby so I have grown up here for most of my life. I started bodybuilding when I was 16 years old. I have always been active in some kind of sport, I used to play baseball before I started my bodybuilding journey. I love helping other individuals achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals, that’s why coaching has become one of my other biggest passions.
Where did your fitness/athletic journey begin?
I started playing baseball when I was 9 years old up until the age of 16. That’s when I found the gym and started bodybuilding. I wasn’t too serious for the first year but after my dad passed, that’s when it became an outlet for me and I saw all the progress I had been making so I decided to jump into my first show and fell in love with it ever since then.
Tell us a bit about competing and stepping on stage - what is that experience like for you?
I always look forward to the day I get to step on stage and show off all of my hard work from the offseason and competition prep. Whenever I step on stage, I feel like I belong there, especially when I get to perform my routine. I get into this mental zone where it doesn’t feel like anyone is around me, it’s just me and the stage, that’s why I usually don’t get nervous before stepping on, just more excitement than anything.
What’s your favorite part about being a personal trainer and nutrition coach?
Seeing the progress that my clients make is always one of the best feelings I can get out of being a coach. Watching them transform and completely change their lifestyle into a much healthier one than before. Having them put their trust into my hands and trusting the process always makes the end result the most rewarding.
Do you have a go-to cheat meal? Or a couple?
My two favorites are either sushi or a burger and sweet potato fries. I’ll throw in a couple cookies too.
Tell us a little bit about what you eat on a daily basis
Right now, during my offseason I am eating 6 meals a day. All consisting of chicken, ground turkey, rice, potatoes, cream of rice, whey isolate, peanut butter, bagels. Mainly a lot of high-quality proteins and complex carbs. I have the bagel with peanut butter and whey as my pre workout meal.
What gets out you out of bed and into the gym every day?
Fear of being average. This is something I always remind myself is that I never want to be average at something. I always strive to be the best and better myself every single day even if its only 1% better, that’s still something instead of nothing.
Do you have any advice for someone looking to step on stage?
Take the time to do research and make sure it’s something that you will put your all into. It’s not for everyone and that is for a reason. Getting stage lean requires lots of sacrifice and suffering. Mainly people fail to realize this until they are halfway through a prep and then it makes it 100 times more difficult.
What are some of your athletic goals?
I want to deadlift 500 for 15 reps, squat 405 for 20, and incline bench 315 for 15 reps. I love doing heavier weight and being able to do it for a good amount of reps vs a single rep max or just a couple.
What’s the biggest fear you’ve faced and how’d you overcome it?
I used to have a horrible fear of heights. Any time I would have to fly or would be driving up a mountain on the edge of a cliff it would terrify me. I realized that is not the way to live. Living in fear is something that can take over your life. I would start to request window seats on planes and force myself to look out windows. Going up a huge mountain I would enjoy the views even though it’s on the edge of a cliff. I made myself realize living in fear won’t get me anywhere in life, and I need to overcome the things that may scare me.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I eventually want to open and own multiple businesses. It’s another passion of mine, to own my own gym, clothing line, supplement company, etc.
What do you do outside of training/coaching?
I love to travel! Traveling is something I want to do more especially this year. I haven’t done too much in the past couple years but would like to change that.
Tell us a little about your training regimen - how do you prioritize your performance with the rest of your life?
I am currently on a 5 day split with 2 rest days. I am hitting back, arms, and chest twice a week while everything else only once a week. It’s easy for me to find and create balance with my training while still able to have a good social life and spend time with my friends, family and significant other.
Why do you choose Swolverine?
Let alone from the amazing products, Swolverine is as real as it gets. The owners of the company are such amazing and honest people. They treat all of their athletes with the upmost respect, they are very kind and giving. They want to hear any ideas you may have for the company. We all want to grow together as a team and family. This isn’t your average supplement company where they just look to push products to everyone. They want you to choose things that work for you, pick things that you will use on a daily basis in order to reach all of your goals.