The transition of moving states at a young age was difficult for me, but it led to the beginning of my life's transformation and purpose. As a teenager, I dealt with being bullied which caused me to isolate and withdraw from playing sports and being active overall. I struggled mentally and emotionally because of this. I learned martial arts and trained in Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu out of defense. This also led into an unhealthy obsession; I obsessively tracked calories, macros, and the effects of food on the body. I was 6'1 and only weighed 135 lbs. After years of struggling I had enough, I was tired of feeling depressed and sick. Change began when I joined a bodybuilding coaching program; it taught me about food, performance, & body composition. After learning how to eat specifically for body transformations, I gained 50 lbs of muscle in 1 year. Since then, I've continued extensive education and training in fitness, weight lifting, diet and nutrition.
Over the years, I've experienced being in the best of shape and not feeling my best. Being a part of our supportive community that helps you stay committed is where I've found the most success. The community aspect of your overall health is why my wife and I started The Ark Fit. It's our passion to help people. Our hope is that you feel supported with your goals in a secure and loving space at The Ark Fit.
It all started when I became inactive and developed unhealthy eating habits after I quit soccer after playing for over a decade. I found myself unhappy with how I looked and felt. I had very little confidence with my body. I knew I needed change! In 2015, I started a local gym's challenge program and achieved weight loss. I didn't want all of my hard work to go to waste, so I signed up for the gym membership and continued to consistently work out. The next year, I started a program that provided private sessions with a coach, weekly weigh-ins, and nutritional assistance. This program kick started my entire fitness journey and I learned how to manage my nutrition and incorporate it into my daily life. I felt stronger, energized, confident, and discovered how to live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
My fitness and health journey led me to The Ark Fit, which has truly changed my life! I have the honor of helping and supporting people on their fitness and health journey like I had experienced. I am passionate about helping others reach their goals. If it wasn't for that program and The Ark Fit, I would not be where I am today!
All I knew was the sport of tennis; my sole focus in life was to make it into college to play tennis. Everything I did was in pursuit of that goal and I found myself lost as to what to do next. Not knowing my purpose or even my next step, left me distraught and confused. I found myself engaging in unhealthy eating habits as means of coping and was left heavier and lacking muscular strength. I no longer wanted to feel lost and wanted to take charge of where my life was headed. My new goal was to find my purpose and calling in life. After countless hours of research in fitness and nutrition, I fell in love with the confidence, mental clarity, & process of working out! I found The Ark Fit and fell in love with the community & what it stood for. I have never left since.
Finding your reason–your goal is an important part of transformation. Now I workout because it physically makes me feel and look better, but it also mentally allows me to do something beneficial for myself and my family. I am just like you! I started as a member of our Ark Fit community and I think that's what sets us apart. I'm passionate about helping you with your goals and aspirations because you never have to do it alone. I am a firm believer that with a lot of love and support, you are able to accomplish anything you set your mind to! Never be afraid to reach out to any of us here. We will always be in your corner supporting you!
Health and fitness were not always a passion of mine and did not become a priority in my life until adulthood. Prior to then, I would eat and drink anything I desired while my gym membership collected dust! I was faced with reality when not one piece of my clothing fit me. I felt as if I had gained 30 pounds overnight. Instead of focusing on my health I hid under oversized clothing, isolated from social gatherings, and began finding comfort in food alone; I watched my weight increase and my self esteem decline. I felt stuck and decided to look for a quick weight loss solution. I turned to herbal life, diet pills, and juice fasts–I tried them all. I found some methods temporarily worked then I'd gain the weight back just as fast as I lost it. Finally, I decided to stop focusing on quick fixes and committed to a fitness routine and nutrition plan. After a few months of consistency and hard work, I began to feel stronger and for the first time, I felt fit! I promised myself that I would invest in a healthy lifestyle and continue pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.
Years later and I could not be happier with the decision I made to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle. I am so grateful for gyms like The Ark Fit where you not only receive encouragement from a great team, but are also surrounded by like-minded individuals who are all working on their own goals and fitness journey. Thank you to The Ark Fit community for allowing me to pursue my passion of helping others. You are an inspiration and I am grateful for the opportunity to support you as you reach your true potential.