Training and lifting weights is in my blood. Growing up in rural eastern Ohio, I watched every day as my Dad came home from his shift at the local steel mill and headed out to our detached unheated garage to pump iron and hit the heavy bag. In the summertime he would teach football players from the local high school how to lift weights in our gym. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to get started. I remember him showing me the ropes at age 12 and I was instantly hooked.
I started training clients in 2000 while still finishing my undergrad degree at Ohio State, and I opened my first gym in 2003. Today my gym and training style is patterned after that same blue collar work ethic that I learned in Dad’s garage. Often times people get too caught up in rep schemes, exercise fads, etc. when the real keys are consistency, intensity and toughness.