I've been training elite athletes at Explosive Performance through Sport&Health and Onelife Fitness for just over 7 years. I've been fortunate enough to be part of the program's growth from 11 employees at 4 locations to over 100 employees at 17 locations. I've trained athletes through our program that have played in the NFL, MLB, and NWSL, among others. I'm currently interning with George Washington University's Strength and Conditioning Program, and spend most of my free time with my 7-month-old son.
What makes your training style unique?:
My toolbox and commitment to client success set me apart. Over the course of my career, I've attained CSCS, USAW, FMS, CPT, CSAC, EXOS, and MBSC certifications. Outside of training, I attend the swim meets, soccer matches, and football games of my clients. Elite athletes notice the variety of training tools and approaches I use, recognize my involvement in their on-field performance, and see the difference on gameday.
If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?:
Accountability. We have the best athletes in the area, but I only see my clients 2-5 hours each week - only a fraction of their available time. I would like to see every single one of our athletes hold themselves to the highest standard possible all the time. This would enable them to excel both professionally and personally.
What is your favorite exercise? Why?:
The squat. It's a great exercise that applies to almost any athletic performance. When done correctly, the squat strengthens your entire body. It can increase your sprint spreed, vertical, and take your core strength to the next level. It can address mobility issues and weak links throughout the body. Trainers can easily progress clients through different variations based on capabilities and goals.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
I usually lift 4 days each week, with two days of pick up basketball. If I adhere to my schedule, I usually have that 1 remaining day for rest each week. I typically do upper/lower splits or push/pull splits. I don't work out seasonally, as removing external factors helps me achieve the most consistency.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
When the weather gets nicer, I like heading down to Nationals Park to catch baseball games. I tend to go hiking on the outskirts of town as well, like in the Great Falls area.
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
It's simple: protein, shake, banana, and a bottle of water, nutrition-wise. Activity-wise, I use the foam roller, stretch, and make sure I'm getting 8 hours of sleep.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal?:
Cava is one of my favorite places to grab a bite. It tastes good, is healthy, and I like that they source from local farms.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
Over the past 7 years, Explosive Performance has reinvigorated careers and helped elite athletes reach the professional level. I've worked with Rashard Ross of the San Francisco 49ers, Conor Mullee of the Chicago Cubs, and Taylor Clark with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I'm always excited to see who will come in next to take their game to another level.