I began studying Kung Fu at age 9 and achieved a third-degree black belt in traditional Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu in 2003. Martial arts showed me that diligent training can change the body–and that changing the body can change the mind.
I’ve worked as a full-time personal trainer and private strength coach since 2001. After majoring in exercise science at Temple University, I earned my strength and conditioning specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I’m a SFG Level II Kettlebell Instructor, certified practitioner of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and have the honor of being appointed a StrongFirst User Course Instructor by Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman of StrongFirst.
Through my work with athletes, the general population, and individuals with injuries and special needs, I’ve seen that diligent work and strengthening the body can truly change lives for the better. Today, I see myself as not just a strength and movement coach or a personal trainer, but as someone who has the responsibility and the ability to build a better world by helping those in it become stronger, fitter, healthier, and happier.
B.S. Exercise Science, Temple University, 2006
CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), National Strength and Conditioning Academy, 2007
RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certification), 2009
RKC Level II (Advanced Russian Kettlebell Instructor Certification), July 2011
StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Certification
StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor II Certification
Battling Ropes Level 1 Coach, Power Ropes, 2010
FMS (Functional Movement Screen) Level I: Certification, October 2009
FMS (Functional Movement Screen) Level II: Advanced Correctives, October 2009
CK-FMS (Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist), May 2013
CICS (Certified Indian Club Specialist) Instructor, as taught by Dr. Ed Thomas, August 2012
StrongFirst Bodyweight Instructor Certification, October 2012
StrongFirst Lifter Barbell Instructor Certification, July 2013
Gym Jones Level I: Fundamentals, February 2014
Gym Jones Level II: Intermediate, June 2014
Gym Jones Level III: Advanced, August 2015
Gym Jones Fully Certified Instructor: November 2015