Below is an interview I did with Handstand, who offers on-demand personal training, daily video and audio content accessible from anywhere. I have been working with Handstand as a trainer and writer since August. Head HERE to check out the blog and see some of the posts I have written. Below are two of my favorites:
Handstand: What is one thing you can not live without?
Friends and family. Since moving across the country I have realized the importance of relationships and how much I need them in my life. Be it with clients, friends or family, I thrive on human interaction. Humans are social creatures and it is in our nature to help and be around others. I need others in my life, I need people to rely on me and I need to rely on others.
Handstand: What are the words you live by?
I am a big fan of stoicism, and one of my favorite stoics is Marcus Aurelius so I will borrow one of his quotes: “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Handstand: If you weren't a personal trainer what would you be?
I would have been a high school gym teacher and coach the football team. But I can’t imagine being anything else other than a trainer, I love my job and don’t plan on switching careers.
Handstand: What is your favorite fitness tip you like to share with clients?
Focus on one thing at a time and be patient with your goals.
Handstand: If you were a song, which would you be?
Guts Over Fear by Eminem, it is the reason why my slogan is guts over fear. We must have the courage to embrace the uncomfortable and this song reminds me to do that.
“So this is for every kid who all's they ever did
Was dreamt of one day just getting accepted
I represent him or her, anyone similar
You are the reason that I made this song
And everything you're scared to say
Don't be afraid to say no more”
Handstand: If you could redesign the food pyramid without any dire health consequences how would it look?
The foundation and base of the food pyramid would be fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on eating a rainbow of colors. The next level would have grass fed meats, free range poultry, wild caught fish/seafood and free range eggs. The third level would include whole grains and legumes. The fourth level would be dairy and fats/oil based. The fifth level would be your favorite snacks and processed foods. Also, I would put an emphasis on fasting once a month and not eating too late at night. I think that would be a very healthy diet.
Handstand: How would you describe your training style?
Let’s say that strength training was a man and yoga was a female, if they drank too much tequila one night and had a baby that would be my training style. But all jokes aside, I believe in increasing strength through the basic movements (deadlifts, squats, presses, rows, carries and lunges) with kettlebells, barbells and your own bodyweight. While using gymnastics and yoga to increase stability and mobility around the joints. Keep it simple, and master the basics.
Handstand: Who is your celebrity crush?
Man Crush: Ryan Gosling. I have loved every movie he has been and respect how multi talented he is. I find him to be very motivating.
Female Crush: Jennifer Aniston
Handstand: What inspires you?
Creative, genuine, courageous people. I try to surround myself with these types of people because your co-workers, friends and family will have the greatest influence on your life. In addition, books and podcasts are a huge influencer in my life, especially the author Ryan Holiday and podcast host Tim Ferris.
Handstand: What is your favorite body part?
The glutes are my favorite bodypart to train because they are the most important muscles on the body. They are the key to longevity because the glutes stabilize the hips, knees and ankles which prevents lower backs pain or falling injuries. Without your glutes you wouldn't be able to stand, walk or run.
Handstand: What is the exercise you like to do most with a client?
Oh this is a tough question! I get really excited teaching females how to deadlift and do loaded carries. My goal is to make my female clients stronger than the average male. Women need to be strong just like men do. We all need strength and stability in our life.
Handstand: What is a ridiculous health or fitness myth you've heard?
Funny you ask, I just got done watching “What The Health” on Netflix and hated every second of it. It is documentary about the dangers behind consuming animal products, but their research is very biased and wrong. At one point in the documentary they claim, “1 egg is as bad as 5 cigarettes for longevity”. After I heard that I stopped watching. Free range eggs, poultry, grass fed beef and wild caught fish are needed for a healthy diet. I am not saying you need them all, but you should have at least one animal product in your diet.
Handstand: Share a fact about you!
When I was 19 I traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand for 6 weeks to train Muay Thai with Team Quest. At the end of the 6 weeks, I fought and won my first match. It was a life changing experience and one that I will never forget. Learning a martial art taught me that we must embrace the unknown with courage. In the beginning I was afraid and unsure of myself. But with constant practice I became better and better. My confidence grew everyday, but I was still afraid and nervous to fight. At the end of the day, you have to be willing to step inside the ring, even if you don't feel 100% prepared. There will never be the perfect time to do something, you just have to do it and give it a go. Prepare as much you can, but when action is needed, there must be action. Do not shy away from the moment because you are afraid to fail, we are all afraid, but we can be courageous and overcome those fears. Here is the video of me overcoming those fears. https://youtu.be/jsxG5hFecVc