"How are you going to be revolutionary if you're such a traditionalist?" - La La Land
Exercise has been in my life since I joined my first recreational soccer league thirteen-years ago. The more I played, the more I fell in love with the beautiful game, and sports in general. Soccer was my gateway into the realm of health and fitness. My urge to play sports and belong on a team only grew as I got older. After a few years of solely playing soccer, I sought out different sports to challenge me athletically and to put me into new social situations. I picked up golf and football in high school to push me out of my comfort zone. My apprehension to meet new people disappeared when I stepped onto the pitch, course, and gridiron. Sports have always acted as a medium for me to interact with people without fear and now exercise serves the same purpose. Going into the gym to train, I feel like I can walk up to nearly anybody and help them- I’ve become happier, more sociable, and less tense. I want to help as much as possible whenever I can, whether that be through physical assessments, quality of life improvement, or even just putting a smile on someone’s face.
Exercise, to me, is more than something to help one get fit, it is a tool to improve one’s quality of life. My dad has dealt with knee problems for the past 25 years, and the only time I saw him have any physical betterment is when he would exercise. I knew there had to be some type of correlation there so, I sought out to find it. After studying the effects of exercise on quality of life at USF, I’ve implemented those lessons into my personal training philosophy. Exercise has been shown to lighten state of mind, provide more energy throughout the day, and even serve as a distraction from the stresses of everyday life. The psychological aspect of a better quality of life directly positively influences the effectiveness of exercise programs. Whether that be through enhancing mood or movement, once quality of life improves, things can only go up from there!
My dad’s knee problems prompted me to study orthopedic conditions to see what therapy I could do as a movement specialist. I helped improve his range of motion, strength, flexibility and stability after hours of research. When a problem like this arises, I buckle down and read scientific journal articles to design an effective program. Whether the problem be orthopedic or body composition, scientific journal articles and new research guides my program design. Through constant research, my programs have helped improve quality of life, rehabilitation processes and body composition. No matter the challenge, I am always eager to research research research to find the best possible solution.
areas of expertise
Strength and Conditioning
Prehab/Rehab from Orthopedic Injuries
Technical Soccer Skills Training
Youth Athletic Development
NSCA - CSCS
Heartsaver CPR & AED
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