Santa Fe, NM 87501
Unlike a lot of fitness professionals, I don’t have a personal history of participation in sports and other athletic achievements. I never played any sports. I entered my adult life without ever having run a mile. Being inactive, I gained my way all the way up to 285lbs. One day, when I was 38 years old, I lost my mind and signed up for a run-a-marathon-for-charity event. My father was dying from cancer, and there wasn’t anything else to do for him. I knew I wasn’t going to run a marathon, but the coach was certain that I could walk a half marathon. She said, “I haven’t met a person yet who we can’t coach to walk a half.” She never told me that I couldn’t do it. My father passed away during my training, and I wore my running shoes to his funeral. In my mind I still had the dirt from his grave on my shoes the day that I walked my first half marathon. I kept volunteering for the nonprofit, and eventually I had hung around so long that they certified me as a coach. I think something happens to people’s minds during endurance training— Finishing an event that you previously thought was impossible encourages you to think that anything is possible in other aspects of your life. After coaching for a few years I’d lost 20lbs, but I got frustrated that I didn’t seem to be getting the same results that other participants could achieve. I needed my own personal trainer. When I was looking for a trainer, I started to understand that most of the trainers I met couldn't relate to my experience, and some would encourage me to do exercises that led me to injury. I finally met the man who became my trainer on a massage table after a local 5K race. His experience with Corrective Exercise taught me that I needed to address a slew of biomechanical issues and muscle imbalances that resulted from my lifetime of inactivity. Once I got my body moving correctly, results started to happen. I ran a mile for the first time in my life at age 42—and a friend gave me my first sports trophy. I've lost over 50 lbs, all of my bloodwork sats are outstanding, and these days I have been running 5Ks. The standing joke is that I am an Adult-Onset Athlete. I know I’m coming from “outside the box,” and it means that some hard-core fitness enthusiasts won’t take me seriously. I don’t think that obese people are motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes by a coach who screams at them. I’ve been in the gym, I’ve watched the TV shows, and I know that I don’t look like a personal trainer. But if you look at the world outside the gym, a lot more people look like me than look like the celebrity trainers on TV. I’ve brought myself back from the brink—you can be certain that I understand the challenge. Now I hope to fill the gap, and be the trainer that I needed when I was getting up off the couch.
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