My fitness journey began at the early age of 4 years old, diving into the water at the sound of the horn to reach the other end of the pool faster than the opponents next to me. Then came t-ball, the basketball court, the grid-iron, and as I matured my dream was to be a professional football player. I loved the competition. But subconsciously I loved to compete against myself, to improve on a deeper level each and every day. I became obsessed with how I can be better, bigger, faster, stronger than the man across from me. This drive for excellence led me to follow my passion to play college football while I earned a degree in exercise and rehabilitative sciences from Slippery Rock University. I knew it was my purpose to reach a higher level of performance, mind, body, and soul. My journey was not an easy one. I faced adversity on the highest level which to many would have been a sign to quit. Not me. I fought back from multiple knee and shoulder reconstructions to finish out my college football career with 2 conference championship rings on my hand. All good things come to an end, but as one door shuts another opens. When football ended, I decided to take my fitness to a new level. I dropped 65 pounds in 16 weeks to do my first natural bodybuilding competition and fell in love with the process of using nutrition and mental training to enhance my body and my mind.
During my time in college studying and learning from the best coaches and doctors in their respective fields, I worked with many professional athletes on the highest level, but also, your average everyday mom, dad and every walk of life in between. While It was my dream to be on the professional coaching circuit, I found a passion for helping the people in my community around me. People that did not have what I had growing up, the coaches, the education, the lessons, the push that I naturally had. I wanted to share that with them, my life experiences, to help them achieve their own personal goals and improve the quality of their lives. Right out of college, this mindset helps me take the 5th worst gym to incorporate Gold’s Gym at the time and take it to the top where we ranked #1 in the country. That is when I wanted to take my passion to the next level and open my own training business that symbolizes who I am as a person, Rock Fitness and Performance “The Rock.” Taken from my alma mater (not the actor). I wanted to create a community of individuals that value their health and fitness on a deeper level, to be that symbol people would remember when they have life thrown at them. I have been through much in my life, battling cancer for 16 months after opening my own business at the age of 26, “The Rock” still stands and we are growing this community of strong-minded people who believe in becoming the best versions of themselves so they can contribute that much more back to society.