I grew up participating in soccer, basketball and skateboarding. Looking back, all three complimented one another nicely. I also was a mama's boy, and I spent hours with her in the kitchen honing my cooking skills.
What makes your training style unique?:
My style is unique because I can train anyone - no challenge is too large or small. Additionally, I'm unique in the sense that I focus on addressing the mind first, and body second. I also require that clients drink throughout a session when training with me. If you don't bring a bottle, then the fountain will literally become a part of your circuit. No two ways about it.
If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?:
One behavior I'd change is self-deprecation. Anytime I hear someone speak ill towards his or herself, I always reply: "You know your body can hear you."
What is your favorite exercise? Why?:
If I absolutely had to pick one favorite exercise, it would be deadlifts. This is the most naturally primitive movement of mankind. Next time you're around a toddler, notice how perfect their form is. The more we move away from being able to perform this natural motion, the more one will be able to observe structural imbalances.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
My workout schedule has no set foundation. I work out according to how I feel, regardless of time of year. I do aim for five sessions a week, but am perfectly content with four if that's how the week turns out. I will say that my free-flowing style is a luxury that always yields progress; however, this is due to years of hard-earned "thought work," if you will, dating back to my teens.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
My favorite outdoor activity is running. Specifically trail runs at Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station, VA. No music included.
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
My recovery from a tough workout is simple: Tons of water--always and regardless of degree of difficulty. Good food. Again, this is a constant no matter what. And some solid cardio, but nothing too strenuous in order to flush out lactic acid. You will always recover faster if consistent with all three aforementioned points.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal?:
Busboys & Poets.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
The only thing that's on the horizon for me is writing and spoken word. I performed in years past and will be doing so again. Additionally, I will be writing more about my personal philosophy regarding this beautiful, crazy world of exercise, fitness, nutrition and etc.