I started out playing soccer since I was able to walk. Always running around being active, I was around sports my whole life. In high school, I played competitive soccer as well as Lacrosse, branching out from the foot dominant sport. Being a soccer player, running was no problem. But, as I started lacrosse, I quickly realized I was lacking size which was vital to success in lacrosse. This is what sparked my first real interest in working out, outside of sports.
Watching many teammates succumb to injury, while working through countless practices and training camps for soccer, I found a liking for the physical health and wellness aspect to the sport. Being competitive athletes, many coaches and trainers programmed mainly preventative exercises that in the long run helped with injury prevention. As I finished high school, I had adapted a strong interest in preventing injuries in soccer players. Thus, I got my coaching license and transitioned from player to coach through the Westside Timbers Soccer Club.
After a few years of coaching kids, I decided to seriously pursue the physical health realm academically. Looking for better techniques to train, I found a trade school called National Personal Training Institute. Here, I learned the ways of training, including techniques, queues for training, and countless ideas for training.
I finished the course with loads of new knowledge and and a deeper passion for movement patterns. In addition to many certifications, I also gained a personal training certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine. Using this knowledge as I trained at a gym, I discovered what techniques work as well as techniques I need to learn.
Months later, I realized a degree would immensely help my credibility as well as knowledge of the career. In combination with other factors, I found interest in Bend, Or. Specifically finishing a degree in Kinesiology at the Oregon State – Cascades Campus.
Through the past few years, I’ve been all over the physical health realm. From youth soccer players, to competitive high school players, I trained athletes in a specific sport with a goal of injury prevention. As I’ve progressed, ive been able to pick up tricks and tools along the way that help me understand and train the body better. Using my knowledge and the resources around me, I constantly apply what I am learning to my own training as well as coaching others.