I grew up in Austin, Texas am married and have 4 kids. I’ve been training others, for over 35 years. I have numerous certifications including those from the National Academy Of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), and a CPR certification. After playing high school football, I needed a physical outlet and discovered bodybuilding. I walked into a Gold’s Gym in Waco while attending Baylor University and have been lifting weights ever since.
I’ve won various titles during the 13 years that I competed in bodybuilding in both the National Physique Committee (NPC) and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and always placed in the top 3 of any contest that I entered. Bodybuilding taught me about the value of hard work, discipline, and sacrifice. I enjoy writing and have written 6 books so far on health and fitness, bodybuilding, and a children’s book with my kids, I have been a contributing writer for numerous health and fitness websites and magazines.
I was a member of Austin’s Mayor Fitness Council in 2007 and worked on the advisory board for “America’s Fittest City” campaign with other leaders in the community. I still compete regularly in events such as Austin’s Fittest (2015 winner over age 50).
What Sets Your Training Apart?
When training my athletes, I’ve been told that mindset is one of the factors that sets my training apart. We regularly talk about goals and greatness. Peak Performance. The training has to have a purpose. To achieve the best results, I weigh each of my athletes once a week, oversee their nutrition, provide daily feedback on their nutrition and set strength, speed, and agility goals. My strength and conditioning program is not one-sided. It’s not just about lifting heavyweights. It’s about nutrition, mindset, improving speed, agility, flexibility, and strength. I know of no other program that goes to the lengths as mine does to ensure the best possible results. This is NFL caliber strength and conditioning.
When training the general public, it’s all about feeling comfortable, not taking on too much, and at the end of the day – knowing that you’re headed in the right direction with your general fitness. Progress is important but feeling guilty or shamed never plays a role in any of my programs.
What Success Has Your Training Had?
Results. It’s always about results. Although I’ve been training people for over 35 years, I realized how much I loved training athletes 4 years ago so I added this option to my program. My first high school athlete showed up at age 15. We began training 2 x a week at 5:30 in the morning before school. I monitored his nutrition. I weighed him. I worked out with him and pushed him.
He’s gained nearly 50lbs, owns most of the All-Time strength records at Cedar Park High School, won a State Championship, and earned District Defensive MVP. Now he’s playing football at college in Sherman, Texas at Austin College. His goal is to earn All-American status. What’s special about him? He’s hungry, motivated, and coachable. His parents trusted me to do my thing. I’ll always be thankful for that. Cedar Park won the 5a State Championship in football in 2015.
The basics always work. For my athletes, bench press, deadlifts, squats, pull-ups. Agility drills, speed drills, jumping, pushing, pulling. Nutrition. Mindset. Peak performance.
Who Have You Learned From?
The list is long.
Kelly Hitchcock. Kelly was my training partner for a period when I lived in Dallas. Kelly went on to win Mr. Texas and Mr. USA (class winner). Kelly owns and operates 2 very popular gyms in Tyler, is a strength coach, speaker, teacher and works with very high-level college and pro athletes (including Greg Ward, Jr of the Philadelphia Eagles, Tyus Bowser of the Baltimore Ravens and more).
Frank Capallupo. I met Frank in the gym around 1990. Frank was a Mr. America (Masters) winner and a former Marine. I learned about business and bodybuilding from Frank. Frank became my boss in the corporate world for 10 years. I rose the ranks and became a supervisor, a buyer, and a manager. I managed 3 supervisors and over 30 employees. I learned how to work with people. I learned to go for the win-win. I was responsible for a multi-million dollar budget.
Ed Smith. Ed was my supervisor and a training partner. He was a pilot in the Air Force. I learned how to have fun while working hard.
Mike Scarcella. Mike was another training partner of mine. Mike went on to become Mr. America and Mr. USA. Discipline, focus, hard work.
Joe Vitale. Joe appeared in the movie, “The Secret” and is an author of numerous books. Joe helped me with the mental aspect of life. His books are highly recommended.
My wife. My wife, Kristin, was a D1 collegiate athlete. She was a member of the Diving team at The University of Nevada and a team captain. She was a scholar-athlete and won many awards in both diving and in education. One of my best training partners and a constant source of inspiration.
My parents. My Dad was an attorney in Austin. He died in 2007. He was very involved in the community and in the church. He was a World War II Veteran, Silver Spur, president of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at UT, president of the Rotary Club, a member of Toastmasters, a Deacon at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin. My Mom was/is athletic, played tennis, and introduced me to healthy eating.