Outdoor activities and sports were always a driving force for me. Growing up in Maine is similar to Colorado in the sense that every season presents different opportunities to get outside and move. I also played football, skiing, and basketball growing up so I always had something to keep me moving.
The plus side to my interests is that I am inherently busy and active, but the downside is injuries and unfortunately I have my fair share of experience with those. Late high school injuries kept me from competing at a collegiate level, so when I did get to college in New York City I suddenly lacked any direction when it came to health and fitness. I was bored, and began taking classes in the field for the sole purpose of helping myself continue to rehabilitate my injuries and to teach myself how to navigate what can be a frustratingly contradictory information stream in the fitness world.
Perhaps to a fault, I have always been drawn to training styles that could be considered more intense by some. I have learned the hard way that this isn’t always the intelligent approach, and more importantly these methods do not make up for gaps in your health outside the gym, such as nutrition and sleep. Effective programming and “big picture” health perspective have become my obsession, which often means taking care of the things we can outside of the gym before increasing difficulty inside the gym.
In the spring of 2016, I was fortunate enough to have my continuing education pursuits bring me to Ethos as an intern. Much of what I have learned at Ethos transcends the gym, which is exactly what I believe a fitness approach should do; improve your life outside of the gym. My values align a great deal with the culture at Ethos. Intelligent, long term programming is integral to success both in and out of the gym. One’s attitude and ability to handle stress and adversity can and should be trained. And most of all, train for a purpose. We can all move (somewhat) heavy things around, but make sure it’s for a good reason. With a little help and good information, apply these to your life in and out of the gym. Good things will happen.