Location: South Minneapolis
Movement Minneapolis member since: 2015
What’s your athletic/fitness background?
Benchwarmer, Middle School football. Around that time I also did some push-ups to prep for a date at the pool, but I didn’t look ripped when the date rolled around 3 days later. Fast forward to 2012, I started doing bodyweight exercises. In 2013 my roommate met a girl he liked and wanted to get fit again. He invited me to the gym and was practicing powerlifting movements. I got a membership and have been to the gym on average 3-4x a week ever since. He married the girl and I’ve pushed my total to around 1,200lbs. We both win!
A handful of Movement coaches were officing out of Five Watt, so I’d see these strong people in green shirts all the time. At the time I was working out at LA Fitness and wanted a place where I could learn more than I was able to teach myself, but I’m really good at not talking to people so my stroke of luck came when Tj joined The Movement. I asked him what the gym was all about and it sounded to be, quite literally, exactly what I was looking for.
I don’t remember my first workout, but I remember being so geeked out about biofeedback. I thought (and still think) it was the coolest thing, and the most valuable tool. It reminded me of the wizardry that my chiropractor pulls when he does strength testing for adjustments.
What’s been the biggest change for you since joining the Movement?
I actually know how to squat now…and bench…and deadlift. So I guess, I’m a lot stronger and my form is a billion times better.
What’s been your favorite Movement moment so far?
Sending off Dave and Jen with a 21-deadlift salute.
Tell us about your most memorable PR.
The first year of a (so far) two-year tradition: Birthday PR! I pulled my first 500lb deadlift the day after a dental surgery on my 29th birthday.
Do you have a favorite exercise/workout/training style? If so, what is it?
Powerlifting. So many phone breaks. All the phone breaks. BRB, it’s time for a phone break.
How about your least favorite exercise/workout?
Bulgarian Split Squats, or anything that isolates my right foot. I have some pretty sweet scoliosis going on and doing movements on my right foot are particularly challenging.
Do you prefer training solo or with a partner/team/class?
Solo, for sure. If I could work out in an empty gym, I absolutely would. But I like everyone at The Movement, so…classes are cool, too.
What does being “strong” mean to you?
There have been a lot of really good philosophical answers to this question, so I’ll keep it pretty literal. Being strong, to me, means you aren’t slowed down by life. Climbing stairs, moving things, whatever. Doing things with ease and not feeling winded. You don’t have to lift 500lbs to be strong.
How do you spend your days when you’re not at the gym?
I’m an owner at Five Watt Coffee and Big Watt (the cans of cold press in the gym fridge) When I’m not working or working out, I hang out at home with my dog Zero. I also eat a lot of pizza.
What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?
I have a pending patent right now, so I guess I’m an inventor?!
Any secret/hidden talents?
I’ve been playing bass for over half of my life and I really like writing short stories. I think they’re pretty good.
What’s your favorite post-workout meal?
Pizza and/or Taco Bell.
What are you training for/what’s your next training goal?
Mark has me on some evil hybrid of strength and hypertrophy. I want a stronger back, hamstrings and brace out of this cycle. When all is said and done, I want to hit a 450lb back squat and around 550lbs on my deadlift.
How can people find/connect with you? (Instagram, etc)
Do you have any advice for people starting out?
This is my advice for anyone doing anything, really: ask more questions and ask better questions. If you do this, you’ll become so much better at anything you’re doing. I probably ask Mark about five to 10 questions every workout. Poor guy.
Anything else you’d like to share?
There’s so many people at the gym that I’ve literally never talked to. If you’re one of them, it’s not because I don’t want to talk to you. I’m really bad at initiating interactions with strangers. But, I’m really nice, and I probably already like you. Promise.