Hello everyone and welcome to my blog. Within this blog, I want to share my experiences and knowledge as a strength coach. I took on my first training clients in September 2015 and haven’t looked back since. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two years. I’ve learned a lot over this time period and I know there is so much more to learn. It almost feels like the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know a whole lot. It’s been a constant learning experience and I’m very grateful that I have this opportunity to become a better coach and person while helping all of my clients move towards their goals in and out of the gym.
Before I delve into what I do, I want to shed some light on WHY I am going down this path of being a strength coach and trainer. I have been training for about 10 years now – my main focus being strength training, powerlifting and bodybuilding. Over the course of these 10 years, I’ve always strived for more progress and more knowledge in order to become a smarter lifter. Now, I have the opportunity to help others become better as well. I have the opportunity to make a positive impact in their lives. Being able to help people become better is very fulfilling and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I aim to constantly improve and become a better coach so I can continue to help others.
Over the past two years, the majority of my time with clients has been based in small-group settings (up to 4 people) at Carpio Strength and Conditioning in Toronto. This has been an amazing environment in which I have been able to practice and hone my skills as a coach. My focus for my clients and myself has always been on moving well, learning how to lift well and becoming smarter with our training. My clients quickly learn that training is quite a process. Nothing substantial happens over the course of 4 weeks but pile on months and years of consistent hard work and eventually, you’ve got something you can take pride in.
The confidence that is cultivated through making progress in the gym is amazing to see in my clients as well. In addition to the confidence they have from their physical appearance, I love that they are confident in what they are doing in the gym as well. They are confident because they know how to lift well and they know what they are doing. I want them to be comfortable and confident in any gym environment they may enter in their lifetime. As a coach, I ultimately want all of my clients to be able to lift and train on their own anywhere. I want them to be able to walk into any gym with a good plan, be able to execute on that plan and get in a great session. I do this by constantly educating and transferring whatever knowledge I have to them. The more value I can provide, the happier I am.
In April 2017, I took the opportunity to join the Myodetox Performance team. At this gym, I lead and assist with group classes that range from 8-40 people. This has been a huge change for me but also very valuable experience in terms of interacting with members and building relationships with so many people. At MPC (Myodetox Performance Centre), our main focus is metabolic conditioning and strength training. We push ourselves and our members to be better than yesterday. I absolutely love the environment at MPC because the gym is filled with badasses. I have never met such an active group of individuals who love to work hard. The members come from all over the city – some running and cycling there/back – in order to throw down for 1 – 1.5 hours in the gym with us. Teaching group classes has been a huge learning experience for me and I am 100% grateful to be a part of the team.
Over the course of this blog, I would like to share my experiences as a coach and trainer. I have a few avenues in which I am coaching people. As mentioned above, I run small-group sessions, bigger group classes but I also do some online coaching and one-on-one personal training as well. I will most likely touch on subjects that pertain to training, nutrition and the lifestyle around these things. I also want to shed some light on the ins and outs of being a trainer for the readers out there that are interested in becoming trainers or just want to know more about what I really do on a day-to-day basis or why I am doing all of this.