I hold a B.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware, Certifications from the National Strength Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT).  My career began 26 years ago at Cardio-Fitness Corporation and The American Express Corporate Fitness Program training high-level executives.  I have since developed a private fitness practice with a strong and longstanding clientele training people across all age categories and industries, helping them achieve their health and fitness goals.

Along the way, I achieved personal successes as a competitive body builder (Mr. Delaware) and an endurance athlete (2 time Ironman Triathlete finisher, 10 time Marathon finisher, Category 3 Competitive Cyclist).  Currently, my fitness goals are to stay healthy for my two sons and to teach them the importance of exercise and wellness.

I view myself as a progressive trainer, someone not satisfied with the status quo. Rather, I am committed to on-going training in the newest approaches to health and fitness with some of the industry’s leading edge people including: Paul Chek, Juan Carlos Santana, and Phil Maffetone to name a few.

My Philosophy

I see now that my fitness career actually began in my formative years: I remember playing baseball with my father at a young age and by my teenage years seeing my mother exercise to Jack Lalane (my idol!) on television and being conscious about her weight by making healthy food choices.

Since sports came easily to me, I focused on athletics as a pathway to health, earning varsity letters in soccer, baseball and wrestling by my sophomore year in high school. However, this point of view was challenged with more education and when I noticed well-known athletes dying at early ages. I realized that being an athlete might improve fitness but not necessarily health. We are often pushed in this society to over achieve at all times whether it’s with work or with athletics.  This approach is not for the betterment of our health but rather for a short-term goal.  Learning to understand that the body has ways in which it informs us of exactly what it needs and does not need and listening to that information is beneficial in attaining a healthy body. The concept of less is more is at times hard to grasp but it is true. This discovery has led me to revisit the early influences my parents instilled in me – the value of athletics and movement, nutrition, to push one’s self but not without proper rest/recovery and a balanced life – cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle, ideas I stress with every client today.

After 26 years in the field, on-going training and seeing how optimal results are achieved by clients, I have come to view fitness training in a much broader context – as Wellness Training.

I believe there are three main keys to successful Wellness Training…

  • Key #1: Attitude
    • Being healthy is the ultimate form of self-respect. With a positive mental outlook your fitness program benefits your life as a whole, now and in the future!
  • Key #2: Process
    • A balanced approach (pushing beyond one’s comfort zone without over-training) plus good technique minimizes the possibility of injury. It goes without saying; if you’re hurting you won’t want to continue your workouts!
  • Key #3: Commitment/Consistency
    • Making your program a lifestyle choice will sustain you over the long haul and will come in handy on those days when working out is the last thing you want to do! Just do something to keep it going!

If you would like to discuss my philosophy in more detail please contact me.