When I was young, growing up with three big brothers, I wanted to be strong and big like them. I always looked up to them and as I got into middle school and high school, I started working out hard. Lifting weights and playing football and rugby made me fast, but I never bulked up; I was still 135-140 pounds freshman year. I was determined and set several records for my grade for the power clean and squat and bench press for my weight and age, but I couldn’t add the weight that I wanted to compete with my brothers.

After high school I still worked out occasionally, but I let things slip and I didn’t work out nearly as hard. I spent two years in Baltimore as a missionary and didn’t have the equipment to lift competitively, so I got into yoga and I practiced yoga every day for those 2 years. When I got home, I got wrapped up in working and getting married and having kids. Working out became a very low priority.

Six months after Caden’s birth, I was noticing my happiness levels were waning and I didn’t have a hobby or a passion in life. This was the time that Kimberly and I decided to start running. I had never really liked running, but I figured it was a good way to get back in the rhythm of exercising.

Fast forward to 2020, I had determined I wanted to change careers or at least switch things up a little by getting a degree. While I was looking through the catalogue and the different options offered by the university I was attending, I researched exercise physiology and it got me thinking about what I’m passionate about. I’m passionate about exercise and the benefits of exercise that are so needed in today’s society. It’s why I’m here in Rexburg, Idaho right now writing this.

I plan on putting my thoughts and the things I’ve learned down in this section of our blog all about fitness and health.