I was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania but spent most of my life in Palm Harbor, Florida. I originally got into lifting weights for Football when I first started high school. I started getting more serious about working out and dieting when I joined Gold’s Gym in 10th grade and have trained 6 days a week and dieted year round since. I initially got into strength training my first year of high school to add strength and some size to enhance my football skills. As I got more and more into my training it suddenly became more about the body building aspect than just improving my athletic ability.
I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Business Administration/ Marketing. While at UCF I was featured on the television show: Big Man on Campus (WB’s college version of the Bachelor) and several commercials. If you are one of the ten people who actually watched the show you might remember me as the guy with the blonde spiky hair who liked to workout.
This led to me reading a lot of fitness magazines and as I started to look more and more like the models in these magazines it triggered my interest in actually being in these magazines. Since then I have written and appeared in several exercise and fitness articles, appeared on a national television show and commercials as well as magazines such as Muscle and Fitness and was recently featured on DNA magazine online. I stick to a very strict diet and exercise program which keeps me "on season" as John would say year round. I take a lot of pride in looking just as good anytime in person as I do in any fitness publication I may be seen in and always exceeding any photographer or magazine's expectations when I show up to a shoot.
In my spare time I enjoy recreational sports and fishing. I also like to follow politics and further educate myself in investment. My favorite movies are Just friends and Dark Knight. I listen to mostly rock music, most from the 90s and early 2000s. I like a wide variety of bands from Guns and Roses, Stone Temple Pilots, Candlebox and Seether, just to name a few. When you spend as much as time as I do at the gym you have to find a lot of music that you like!
I recently had one of my better experiences I've had in my fitness career spending a weekend working with photographer John Mitchell. He did an excellent job communicating before, during and after the shoot. I always work very hard preparing for a shoot and it was great to work with someone who works equally as hard making sure we got the best images possible. He also worked very hard to make sure we got everything I wanted for my own personal portfolio as well. Even on our down time he was on his laptop working on my shots and uploading the videos so I could see them right away. John is a very professional and talented guy and I would definitely like to work with him again in the future and would recommend him to anyone just trying to break into the business or looking to add to their portfolio.
My Abs Training and Weight-Training Advice
I train my abs 5 days a week immediately following my strength training and each session lasts about 30 minutes. I also do Cardio 3-5 days a week (usually separate from my other strength training/abs workout). My cardio usually consists of interval training either on the treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike for the duration of 30-45 minutes. For years I split my abdominal workouts into separate days (focusing on just one area each workout, eg.