With the new year, I’ve seen this meme make the rounds on social media and it really struck a chord with me. There are two important sides to this meme and the message we are trying to send by sharing.
First, is the comfortable gym goer. This person has been going to the gym for years. People know their name, they have a favorite locker, cardio machine, gym space, whatever it may be. The gym is a comfort zone. If you are this person you can play a very positive or very negative role for someone else. It can be as simple as a smile or head nod, or as negative as a dirty look, side comment to your friend or even worse a picture or video you take then share to facebook, instagram, snapchat, twitter, etc.
I was given a good piece of advice early in my career in the fitness industry: When a new gym goer walks into a gym they feel like every exercise, stretch, run, jog, or core movement is done standing on top of a plyo box. Imagine how daunting that can be for someone just trying to improve themselves.
The other person in this equation is the new gym goer. The last sentence is the most important thing to remember when going to the gym: you have the same right to be there as everyone else. The gym can be a daunting place but it doesn’t have to be. You will be surprised at how many employees or other members would be happy to help or offer a smile. Remember, you are at the gym for you, not for the meathead in the squat rack or the cardio bunny watching “Friends” reruns. Make 2019 the year of you!
Now that you had a chance to read about Claire and purchase our delicious to_go boxes I figured it’s time for me to introduce myself.
Growing up I have always participated in some kind of sport: baseball, football, wrestling, track & field but when my high school days were coming to an end it was clear there was one sport that I excelled at: football. I decided to continue playing football in college and that is where I really learned about my passion for fitness.
Entering college I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer. It only took a semester to realize my artistic abilities are comparable to my 3 year old, so I knew I needed a change. While training in the offseason we had a strength coach who was also the exercise science department head. I struck up a conversation with him and asked about his job. From that point on I knew I found my calling.
After graduating college I did a summer internship with the Houston Astros as a minor league strength and conditioning coach. I had the opportunity to travel with the team, prepare them for games, and learn about professional baseball. There are still philosophies in my training that have been with me since those days 10 years ago. Two summers with the Astros was a wonderful experience but I needed more.
I was fortunate to get my first collegiate experience as an intern at Marquette University. Working at Marquette taught me the difference in working with males and females. Prior to that I had only trained male athletes but I soon realized I was able to connect with females and motivate them without the screaming and yelling.
When my time at Marquette was up I enrolled at Ball State University to earn a masters in sports performance. My time at Ball State gave me the opportunity to work with athletes of all different backgrounds, sports, strengths and weaknesses. It was there I truly understood what it took to motivate the individual and further study the science behind what we do from a fitness standpoint.
Upon completion of my graduate degree my wife, Emily, and I packed up and moved back to the Milwaukee area. We have planted our roots here and are now raising two wonderful, happy, healthy, challenging, and fun boys.
I believe in balance in everything we do. I balance working long days and odd hours with savoring the time I get to spend with my family. I balance eating healthy with a “cheat day” here and there. I balance my workouts with things I like to do and things I need to do.
I can’t wait to help you find balance in your life and achieve your fitness goals!