An Outdoorsman for Life
I have been immersed in the outdoors my entire life. Growing up in enjoyed playing in the woods as often as possible, nearly every day for the first seven years of my life since there was a forest behind my house. Fishing was the main way of the wild growing up for me; I practically grew up in a canoe fishing with my dad.
When I was about 11 I joined the Boy Scouts. We had a small troop only 6-8 of us that were consistent this would end up being a driving catalyst into my wealth of knowledge and experience outdoors. Since we were small in numbers and we were all highly motivated and game for anything our troop turned into more of a high adventure guild. Essentially I did one badass backpacking, camping, hiking or other adventure per month for the next 8 years of my life. Far more than the normal troop I’d say and we did bigger adventures because of the caliber of guys we had and the smaller numbers. This is of course all in addition to the constant fishing with my dad growing up and the seasonal hunting with my uncle, and just playing outside.
Fast forward to now, I still enjoy the outdoors but adventures take a much more intentional effort and must be planned and prioritized or life will just pass them by. I have two young sons and with that the motivation to do right by them and teach them all I know about the woods and the water so that they may have as enriching a childhood as I had. I even remember in high school getting teased a bit being called “nature boy” I actually liked the nickname I got it because I knew so much about plants and animals, so I thought it was cool. I want my legacy to be the Wild; passing down knowledge that has been taught to me to the next generation. Not only that I want to share my passion with everyone and anyone who will listen a spell.
A History of Fitness
As for my role in the wide world of fitness, I have always been active. In high school I ran cross country and track and wrestled. Right after high school I got into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, and kept that going for several years. I still brush off the dust on my martial arts from time to time, it keeps me honest. In college I really got into weight training. My goal then was to outwork and out lift everyone else in the weight room. I was an animal, buzz sawing through a couple training partners each session because they couldn’t “keep up.” I thrived on this. It fed my ego. I did enjoy showing others new things in the gym and taking them through workouts. It was then that I decided to pursue personal training. A few years later I was about 23-24 and I was pretty damn strong but I ached and hurt all the time. I couldn’t touch my toes, I couldn’t sit with my legs crossed, I couldn’t squat below parallel the way a child does, I couldn’t reach all the way overhead. I got out of bed one day and ached to the bone and I thought “This ain’t right, this doesn’t make sense.”
Coach Mark Smith
So I began to search for answers. In 2012 I met Gray Cook, later that year I went through the FMS certification. In 2013 I discovered MovNat and got level one MCT in the spring and level two in the fall. In 2014 I flew to Dublin, Ireland to take a workshop with Ido Portal. Also during that time I got to learn from Coach Dave Hedges of Wild Geese Fitness. All of these educational experiences involve Movement as a practice and learning to control the body and free the body to DO MORE. Now my philosophy is to get my students to play more, move more, and get outside. I want those that I teach to experience the joy for movement they once did as a child. Since adopting this philosophy I am stronger more mobile and pain free. I also really enjoy strength training in the ways of strongman and Highland games athletes making use of odd objects.