If I had to choose a motto, then "jack of all trades, master of fun" would be it. Being healthy and fit allows me to have maximum energy to do all the things I want to do and live fully. I love to help others on this quest of mind/body optimization and ultimate enjoyment of life. I grew up in Colorado, USA and currently live in Sydney, Australia.
I love to ski, surf, rock climb, do Crossfit and obstacle course racing because they are challenging (both mentally and physically) and fun. I also love to get in touch with my creative side through painting and playing music. When I’m not doing those, I love to go on long walks and hang out with friends and family.
What is your favorite kind of workout?
Crossfit metabolic conditioning - Because it takes a lot of different skills, stamina, power and is fun (at least it is afterwards).
What is your main focus?
My specialities are in Crossfit, body-weight training, nutrition, sleep optimization, meditation and mobility. I excel at coaching beginner through intermediate fitness enthusiasts to improve their overall health (sleep, stress, recovery, etc) and reach goals that include fat loss, muscle gain, weight maintenance and improved athletic performance.
How did you get interested in health?
I grew up playing sports, beginning soccer at age 4, and was always relatively healthy. As a pre-teen, I started getting stomach pains and found out I had food intolerances. This led me to learn more about nutrition and the fascinating ways in which you can tweak your body with the fuel you put into it. I believe that much of what ails a person can be helped by moving well, eating right, sleeping enough and calming your mind. Therefore, I’m always learning and experimenting with different things that can optimize myself and, in turn, my life.
What was one of the biggest health changes you’ve made?
Eating more to support my lifestyle. As a very active person, I found out that I needed to eat more (especially carbs) to have enough energy, to sleep better, be in a better mood and actually have a better body composition (I know, sounds counterintuitive, but its true!). The next thing was working on my mobility, which also helped my sleep, recovery, stress and body composition.
What do you think most people should do differently to be more healthy?
I think that many people could benefit from a higher standard of fitness. Humans are actually quite athletic creatures (our ancestors were hunter-gatherer’s, after all!) but so many people are barely hitting the basics. I believe if people pushed themselves to a higher standard of health and athleticism then the wellbeing of individuals and society would improve. I am also a fan of intermittent fasting for body composition, mood and longevity reasons.
What are some books you recommend?
Endurance - Eric Shackleton's Journey to the Arctic, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle