I’ve been helping people lose weight, have more energy, and live a more active lifestyle since 1999 (That’s a long time!).
However, it goes back further than that!
People ask what caused me to dedicate my life to fitness. Believe it or not, I haven’t always been a picture of muscle and self-discipline. In fact, growing up I was skinny and not particularly strong. But, I had an older bully I had to defend myself against. He played a big part of my formative years, but it wasn’t the warm Leave It to Beaver relationship. Far from it. One time he took a bat to my head, leaving a baseball-sized lump. Everyone has struggles in life. This was mine for many years.
Later, I became stronger because of it. As I got older I started learning different ways to improve myself. We all have problems in our lives. They help mold us and make us who we are. I don’t regret a thing because my experiences shaped me and I believe God had a plan for my life and for my family all along.
As I got older I became determined to make something of myself. When I was in high school, I began lifting weights and really focusing on sports. Sports served as a great outlet. I was able to forget about my problems. It felt so good to have something I was good at and a part of. And I ran with it. In high school, I played basketball for my town league as well as my school team. Every spare minute I had was spent honing my skills. I eventually made it onto one of the best traveling high school teams in the country. My coach, Amir, served as a great mentor. He believed in me and started talking about all of my possibilities. He genuinely cared. He would talk to me about my grades, college, and even gave me advice on dating.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but the bullying I experienced early in life served as fuel for my fire to get better and stronger. In the summer after high school, I got up before 5 a.m. to do drills at the park. While my friends were watching TV, I was doing push-ups, situps, and jumping rope. I remember being in the gym Friday nights putting just a little more weight on the bar each week. As I struggled through the repetitions, I had a vision of becoming stronger. Every time I felt like giving up, I’d push just a little more.
Soon after high school, I discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). BJJ is a sport and art that requires a tremendous amount of discipline and dedication. It helped me train my mind and my body and to push myself to my physical and mental limits. I received a black belt in BJJ after many years of training and won competitions at the highest level. I also began diving into personal training, and I found my passion in helping others be their strongest, fittest, best selves. Since I was a young boy, I’ve grown in a lot of ways.
I’m so thankful for where I am now emotionally and spiritually. I’ve learned to be content and I have overcome anxiety. I’m excited about each day and the opportunity it brings, the opportunity to move closer to fulfilling my potential. The difficulties I experienced caused me to seek God and He’s done amazing things in my life. I’m active in my church and I have significance and a purpose now. This is the greatest gift. I met and married the kindest, sweetest, and most beautiful woman in the world, Melissa. We have four precious children, Alyssa, Olivia, Sophia, and Julian. Professionally, I’ve been able to open two private training facilities where my team and I help busy people lose weight and live their lives to the fullest. My team and I are working hard each day to build something special. Based on the feedback we get from our members, we are making a real difference. You will hear more of those awesome stories soon. Helping our members and my team grow and doing work that matters with them is deeply fulfilling. I have to pinch myself sometimes because although it’s hard work it can feel too good to be true. I have come so far. I feel that I lived through many obstacles that I was able to overcome. Now I have a great life and this is what I want for others, for you! You might not have been beat up by a bully when you were growing up, but I bet you had your own struggles, whether they were in person or within.
Here are a few of the things that set us apart from other solutions
I feel incredibly blessed but we have the greatest people. It’s not just the coaches but the members as well. It’s such a supportive and caring group.
If you’re just looking for a place to get a great workout, we may not be for you. Everybody knows your name and they care about you.
Not everyone loves working out. Total Body is the place if you don’t see yourself working out at a regular gym. We make things as fun and enjoyable as possible. That keeps people coming back and many say their 45 minutes with us is the best (or one of) part of their day!
I believe that everyone does better with a coach. I’ve experienced life-changing results from working with coaches.
To me, a good coach will pull out of you what they know you have (but maybe you didn’t). They’ll make you feel safe, encourage you, be in your corner, and provide the accountability you need to reach your goals. That’s exactly what we try to do and it’s a great formula!
TBBC exists to inspire people to transform their lives and bodies through fun and progressive fitness/wellness programs, simple nutritional strategies, and a positive mindset.
Hopefully, by reading about us, you feel encouraged to make a positive change!
Dedicated to your success,