Functional Fitness VA

The importance of fitness and athletics were instilled in me at a very young age.  Growing up amongst my older brother and his friends, I was shown no mercy during any endeavor.  On a daily basis, I was forced to either keep up with them, or get left in their dust.  Therefore, the fitter and faster I was, the less apt I was to be left behind.  I truly believe that it was this start that allowed me to progress to the level I did in athletics.  I was a 4 year Division 1 scholarship athlete and Team Captain at the University at Buffalo, in the sport of track and field.  I then parlayed that talent into a 3 year stint with the US Skeleton Team, which culminated in an appearance at Olympic Trials in 2009.

In 2007, I decided to turn my love of fitness into a life-long career.  It originated around a focus of athletic performance but quickly grew to include all facets of fitness.  I work with everyone from pro athletes, to weekend warriors, to total couch potatoes and I truly love every second of it.  Regardless of your current fitness level, if there is a goal on the horizon, it would be my absolute pleasure to assist you in reaching it.

Education:

University at Buffalo: History, minor in education.

Certifications:

SFG II: StrongFirst Girya, the gold standard in Kettlebell Instructor certifications. The SFG details progressions and regressions of the big 6 Kettlebell moves (Swing, Clean, Snatch, Press, Squat, and Turkish Get-up). As well as the movements the workshop teaches how to maximize the body for both mobility and strength. The level II then expands and deepens on the big 6, as well as introducing 4 more Kettlebell movements (Windmill, Bent Press, Push Press, and Jerk).

SFB: StrongFirst Bodyweight, a thorough in and out of strength movements and training with just your bodyweight. The workshop goes over progressions and regressions for the Push-up, Pull-up, Handstand Push-up, Pistol Squat, Single Arm Push-up, and Hanging Leg Raise. The progressions and regressions make the application of all the movements applicable to everyone in one way or another.

MCT:  MovNat Certified Trainer. MovNat is the world’s only certification body for Natural Movement. It is the comprehensive study of practical, real world motion. What we teach is the skill of movement through technique and mindful engagement. It is a practice that restores health, vitality, and mental clarity.  The cure for sitting at a desk is not sitting on a workout machine. It is movement.

 NSPA-CPT: National Strength Professionals Association- Certified Personal Trainer. The NSPA not only teaches the basics to personal training, but focuses on the High Intensity style of resistance training, as well as Manual Resistance training.

Specialties:

  • Hardstyle Kettlebell
  • Speed and vertical jump training
  • Sports performance
  • Strength training for sprint and endurance athletes
  • Youth training and general fitness

Areas of Experience:

  • Joint stabilization (knee post rehab, knee pain, shoulder pain, etc)
  • Joint mobility (frozen shoulder, etc)

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