I've spent most of my adult life driven to find the answers on how to achieve optimal health. After trying things that I was "supposed to try" and getting no results or deeper level of satisfaction, I knew that the road to a healthy and happy life was much more complex than what I was being told.
Starting out life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I was surrounded by sports and activity. If it wasn't football or hockey, it was hunting, hikes and biking. I went the hockey route, and that's ultimately how I ended up becoming infatuated with strength and conditioning. This is also the time where I became aware of "the flow state." Many of us have been there at one point or another in our lives: things come to us effortlessly, we're dialed in, or just "in the zone." Our best, happiest, and calmest self exists in this state. It does not just exist in sports though.
Finding this peace and helping others get there has summed up the years since this "discovery." This is where the obsession with mobility and it's relationship to peak performance was born. We are at our best when we are mobile. It doesn't mean we need to constantly be moving, but rather, we have the ability to move where we want to go.
I am always trying to figure things out. My career thus far has been one giant lesson in curiosity. After reading books, watching videos, and finding any bits of wisdom I could scrape up, I knew the only way I was going to take things to a higher level was to "talk it out" with someone. That's how Functional Meatheads, my podcast, started. Now, over 100 episodes and 3 years in, my co-host and I regularly interact with the best trainers and minds in the world across all disciplines, with the purpose of making our practice and technique better. Now, I get to scrape elbows and pick the brains of the people whose books I used to read. I'm honored to be able to call them peers.
Recently, I've had the honor to work closely with Steve Maxwell, renowned strength and conditioning coach and expert on mobility and longevity training and fitness protocols. We share a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also feeling our best in the most natural way possible- living a happy, mobile life. I highly encourage you to check out his videos, writing and work that is easily accessible on the internet.
I've also had the pleasure to get into the world of professional athletes, advising and handling the weight cuts for fighters like Alex Ecklin in his match at EBI 7 (Eddie Bravo Invitational 7).
That's what you get when you work with me; a career student of training and conditioning, someone who works hard every day to find out something new and perfect what I already know. There's no one that will work harder for you than me.