In 2004 I walked into a local Fitness Center hoping to get a job cleaning and re-racking weights, totally unaware that I was stumbling upon a lifelong pursuit. They hired me the same day as a sale rep.
That year I fell in love with the fitness industry. Over the next 6 years the industry took me all across the eastern United States.
In 2007, at 24 years old, I was promoted to General Manager, overseeing 3 state-of-the-art Gold’s Gym clubs in Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 2008 I helped launch a Health Club consulting firm called Enhanced Fitness Management. For the next 2 years I was doing management consulting for gym owners in Iowa, North Carolina, and Florida.
In 2010, after 2 years on the road, my wife and I decided to move home and begin our next chapter. At that time I started my own consulting business, Pro Fit Management. I worked to improve the bottom line for many Snap Fitness clubs in the Kentucky and Indiana market.
In 2012 I decided to create my own personal training company, in a spare room at Snap Fitness in J-Town. That’s when BAREfit was born.
I'd recently met Curtis Hall, and hired him to help with one of my consulting projects. I brought the genesis of the BAREfit concept to him, and our creative juice started flowing.
Right away we began to merge our visions, and soon started down the long road we’ve been on since then. We’ve grown BAREfit from that tiny J-Town studio, to the 4,000 square foot. fitness playground it’s become today.
I love being an entrepreneur. I love our BAREfit community and staff team. Outside of work I love reading, podcasts, collecting vinyl, UK sports, and adventuring with family and close friends.
I received a Bachelors in Exercise Science and Community Health from the University of Louisville in 2008. I was certified with the NSCA, CSCS in 2009. From my humble beginnings at the Y, to building/managing training programs in small gyms, to helping create and grow BAREfit beginning in 2012.
In addition to my fitness background, I've led outdoor adventure and team building programs, and built everything from bikes to work trucks to houses. After seeing the ineffectiveness of "hamster wheel fitness," my desire was to create a program combining the community and personal growth of team building, the challenge & functionality of adventure sports, and the tactical edge of "do it yourself" minimalist culture. Thus BAREfit's training methodology was born with the goal of empowering people to ditch the machine workouts and "Make The World Their Playground."
When I'm not bomb-proofing bodies and crafting new exercises at BAREfit, I'm usually exploring trails, mountains, rivers and backroads near and far via foot, bike, paddle or rope, whatever the adventure calls for. This is usually followed by a locally brewed strong drink (preferably bourbon barrel aged stout) with good friends.
I am a Louisville native and also a University of Louisville graduate. I have always loved being outdoors and being active. In the past couple of years that love of being active and desire to always be moving has narrowed into a real interest in working out. I have been involved in kickboxing for almost three years now. I am also a big fan of American Ninja Warrior and that has led me to wanting to work on upper body and obstacle course training!
My interest in becoming a personal trainer started about two years ago when I began to realize that it might be a good way for me to connect my love for fitness and my love for being able to help and encourage people.
My other interests, include working with kids and especially the special needs community. I love the ocean and all things water. Also my family, church, reading, coffee, food, travel and theatre. I am very thankful for the BAREfit family and this great opportunity to start my fitness career here!