My journey in fitness and nutrition is a little different than most. You see, I’m a former fat kid! The kid who was a total introvert! I was always the guy who was too embarrassed to take his shirt off at the beach! But I remember the day everything changed for me – I looked in the mirror and wasn’t happy with what I saw. I made the decision to change my body and my life. It was 1999 and I took a before pic and measurements and body fat and I entered the Body for Life Challenge. Over the next 90 days, I completely changed my eating habits and worked out regularly. I actually was awarded the Canadian Grand Champion for my age category!
I was no longer the fat kid. I looked forward to getting to a beach so I could take my shirt off and I became more outgoing and fun! After seeing the difference it made in my life I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people realize the amazing benefits of optimal health and fitness.
I started out as most trainers do in your typical gym. After years of working in a gym setting, Daniela and I were getting disillusioned with how Big Box Gyms operated. We wanted to train people functionally and to make their bodies strong in the movements they used in the real world. We wanted to make working with a highly trained instructor more affordable, and we wanted to make fitness fun because let’s face it; if you are having a blast, it makes it that much easier to stick to it. The result was the launching of Best Body Bootcamp in 2007. We started out with one location and have grown it to what it is today!
I have to tell you that although I looked great in the after pic above, the food and exercise plans I followed to get that after pic, hurt me in the long run. It made me look good from the outside but my body was breaking down on the inside. The way I was working out and what I thought was healthy eating was, in fact, hurting me in the long run. I was overtraining, taking longer to recover from my workouts, I tore my rotator cuff and had gut issues. Nothing I could do was helping and then I was introduced to a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach who helped me. Turns out I was stressing my body beyond repair and then giving it food that wasn’t helping but was actually stressing my body even more. He made me look at my body and the food I put into it in a totally different way.
That lead me to complete my certification as a C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach and we pass that knowledge on and encourage holistic nutrition to our members.
In addition to running the day-to-day operations of Best Body Bootcamp, I also work with individual clients doing fitness training as well as holistic nutrition and lifestyle coaching.
When I’ve got a bit of free time, I spend as much of it as possible with my wife and son, I bike year-round, play hockey, practice Tai Chi daily, read & take courses.
I hope to see you soon so we can transform your body and life!
- C.H.E.K Golf Performance Specialist
- C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 2
- C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1
- Scientific Core Training, C.H.E.K Institute
- Program Design, C.H.E.K Institute
- SPI Advanced Training for General Fitness
- SPI Advanced Training for Athletes
- SPI Technical Aspects of Strength Training
- SPI Nutrition for Sport and Performance
- Emergency First Aid & CPR