October 23, 2017

About

I am a certified personal trainer (NASM), certified strength and conditioning specialist (NSCA), fitness consultant, advanced weightlifting (USAW) and multisport/endurance coach (USAT) based in Denver, Colorado.  I am currently working with a variety of clients/athletes each dedicated to achieving their individual fitness goals (e.g. increased endurance, weight loss and increased muscle size, sport-specific performance, competition Olympic lifting, etc.).  I strive to see my clients succeed in the gym, on the racecourse, and in life.  Ultimately, I want to see my clients reach their full potential and be their highest and best selves.  I firmly believe that each of us has the ability to feel better and interact more efficiently with our environment by making calculated improvements in our fitness levels.  Although I am relatively new to the “professional” training environment (I left a career as an attorney to develop my training business in November 2008), I bring a wealth of athletic and academic experience to my clients as well as an unparalleled committed to achieving excellence as both a trainer and a coach.  My life’s journey has transformed me from a self-described obese Midwestern “fat kid” to a well-rounded and vibrant athlete … if you are struggling with weight issues and the fallout of a sedentary lifestyle, you won’t be able to say that I don’t understand, because I do!  I hold myself to the highest of professional standards and will continually challenge you with results-oriented, empirically-based training techniques.  You expect the best from me and I will expect the best from you!

My services are designed for individuals who are determined to make purposeful changes and embrace a healthier lifestyle as well as for experienced athletes who are looking to gain a competitive edge.  I value the opportunity to work with people who do not yet realize that they are “athletes” – i.e., those looking to make dramatic life changes by taking on the challenges offered by athletic training and the wellness lifestyle.  I also enjoy working with committed athletes who are looking to challenge themselves with new training modes and methods.  My diverse academic background and exposure to a variety of athletic and training disciplines allows me to bring both scientifically sound and creative training ideas to clients looking to progress in the gym and beyond.  I emphasize using resistance training (i.e., weights) as a foundation for fitness and focus on developing “functional fitness”—i.e., fitness that enhances our everyday lives.  I sincerely believe that we are all athletes who are “training for life.”

Athletic Bio and Current Training Activities: I am a competitive swimmer, cyclist, runner, and accomplished age-group triathlete (a veteran of over 25 triathlons, including 3 half-Ironman, 2 full Ironman and 8 XTERRA events).

Current Certifications & Education:

On January 25th, 2016 I will be attending the NSCA’s TSAC-F Practitioners Course—”the most comprehensive program on the market for tactical professionals.”  As the NSCA correctly suggests, “physical readiness isn’t a luxury for tactical athletes—it’s an essential job function.”  I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge base in this area and advancing my education with the quality curriculum offered by the NSCA.  It is my sincere hope that I can learn the principles of programing for tactical professionals and then both translate and apply this knowledge to my ever-expanding and remarkably diverse client base.

On January 11, 2014 I attended the USAW’s inaugural “Program Design Course” at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.  This first of its kind program covered the following topics: fundamentals of program design – philosophy and expected outcomes of program goals – the role of periodization in improving athlete performance – the concept of long term athletic development and its influence on training – the super compensation model approach to programming – the rationale behind exercise selection – sharing of training models – creating, editing and monitoring training programs (practical time with spreadsheets).  The program constitutes an 8-hour course covering the parameters of designing safe, effective and progressive programs for both competitive weightlifters and sports performance athletes—I am looking forward to brining these new program design tools to my clients!

NASM Certified Personal Trainer (recently attended NSCA CEU approved activity: “Movement Screen and Gait Analysis”)
• Member NSCA and CSCS, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (recently attended the NSCA Endurance Symposium, April 1-2, 2011, Colorado Springs, CO), and TSCA-F, Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer & 2014, 2015 CrossFit Judges Course
USA Weightlifting Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
USAT Level I Triathlon Coach (providing professional triathlon/multisport coaching services in the Denver area via Practical Coaching)
• Member IDEA Health & Fitness Association
• Spin Instructor
University of Missouri, School of Law/1999-2002, J.D. – Columbia, MO (licensed Colorado attorney)
Southeast Missouri State University/1994-1996 – (post-graduate, life sciences program) –  Cape Girardeau, MO
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)/1993 – (sea kayaking & mountaineering) – Patagonia, Chile
Westminster College/1989-1993, B.A., English (emphasis on Business Admin.) – Fulton, MO

CEU (Continuing Education Units) & Special Educational Events:  Power Snatch & Clean—(1.0 USAT), Field Based Testing—(1.0 USAT), Making the Most of Your CompuTrainer (RacerMate)—(1.0 USAT), Performance Gearing and Shifting—(1.0 USAT), Developing a Winning Annual Plan—(1.0 USAT), Goal Setting—(1.0 USAT), Making the Most of Your CompuTrainer 2 (RacerMate)—(1.0 USAT), Power-Based Workouts for Early-Season Races—(1.0 USAT), Swim Mechanics—(1.0 USAT), Barefoot Running for Triathletes with Bobby McGee—(1.0 USAT),  10 Tips for Achieving Your Ideal Performance Weight—(1.0 USAT), Run Workouts for Runners and Triathletes—(1.0 USAT), Movement Screen and Gait Analysis—(3.0 NSCA), Annual Endurance Symposium—(5.0 NSCA), EP101: Your Body in the World: Adapting to Your Next Big Adventure, Stanford University— completed a “Statement with Distinction”—(5.0 USAT)—FRCF Kettlebell Workshop—JumpNRope Clinic—FRCF Master’s Camp.

Rates for Personal Training Sessions: $50/half hour and $90/hour.  Note that I train my clients out of an exceptional private studio that does not utilize a membership model, see: Total Health and Exercise.  Coaching services are provided in association with Practical Coaching at various venues around the greater-Denver area.