By way of a quick introduction, I earned an M.S. in Nutrition and Human Performance from Logan University, and a B.S. from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering. I've been the co-owner of Arena Ready Performance since 2012, and in that time our gym has helped hundreds of clients reach and exceed their goals in CrossFit, Weightlifting, and life in general. People in our gym lean out, get stronger, gain confidence, and seem to enjoy life at the same time.
I formed much of my philosophy about optimizing health and performance in a busy life as a D1 collegiate All-American, and afterwards as an Olympic hopeful simultaneously building a career in financial services. Watching teammates fail to achieve financial independence, and coworkers fail to maintain their health, I formed strong opinions about the importance of prioritizing both. I’ve since continued to compete semi-professionally in Olympic Weightlifting and CrossFit alongside building a successful career and pursuing continuing education. The mindset and goal-setting strategies necessary to succeed athletically and professionally are no different than those needed for health optimization, often people just need a little help to recognize the gaps between their habits and their goals, and to clear out the noise around which health strategies are best suited to them.
I firmly believe that one size fits all never really fits anyone. Many of the fad diets and popular training methodologies contains some gems which I'll likely recommend to you at some point in time, but I also believe that most of the time the true value is in finding ways to actually excel in the basics - nutrient-dense, unprocessed food, adequate exercise and sleep, and effective stress management. In addition, sometimes the goal is to create physical change, and other times the goal is to experience psychological acceptance. There will be times when I challenge you to change your habits, and use a lot of thought or willpower to change your life. There will be other times when I ask you to put away the scale, drop the measuring cups, and learn to understand your hunger and cravings as powerful tools which can inform you about your body's needs. I will always ask you to evaluate why you're setting a particular goal, because without understanding the why, I don't think you can ever really commit to the goal.