My career began actually working on my own health and weight challenges. All through High School I played just about every sport that had a uniform and was always active. Between my junior and senior years I would have the first of what would be multiple ankle surgeries. Due to improper growth from birth my ankles we able to be repaired enough to allow me to do most things but did limit many athletic activities. My goal up to this point was to play professional baseball or basketball.
While these new found limitations were a disappointment, I also knew the importance of finding a new direction for my life. My second favorite thing is life was music and since I was always the class clown, there was only one choice for me….the entertainment industry (more specifically a DJ). I have been blessed to create an amazing career full of unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships.
However, there was one aspect of it that I did not foresee nor was I prepared for. You see, I went from being someone who was active non-stop to living what would be considered quite a sedentary life. Although I had this amazing career that had me traveling all over the globe, my “job” was never very physically demanding.
From about age 24 – 37 I allowed my weight and health to get completely out of control and found myself tipping the scales at 300 pounds. I really think I hit rock bottom when one of my children made a comment one night saying “Hey look, Daddy is on TV”. As we all looked to see what she was talking about, it was a cartoon character of a “stuffed” potato…on a couch….eating chips and drinking a huge soda. While we all had a good laugh about it at the time, later that evening I sobbed thinking about how far out of control I allowed myself to get and maybe even more important the fact that my child associated that image with her father…what a terrible example I was setting.
I truly believe my life took its first turn in the right direction when I discovered the power of aligning myself with experienced mentors — people who had achieved success in their lives and were willing to teach me how to properly create a realistic plan to get my health back on track and the necessary steps to prevent myself from ever going back again.
In 2010 I met someone who would forever change my life. It was the first time I had ever experienced a personal trainer or even what it really meant to have a workout with a goal. Not just to “beast up” or “get jacked” but truly reconstruct my body from the inside out. My trainer taught me about exercise mechanics, program designs and that nutrition was just as, if not more than, important than all of it.
Over the course of the next 4 years I set out on a journey to get myself back to where I once was. I remember someone asking me, “How much weight do you want to lose?” and I remember my reply was, “I just don’t want to be able to take my shirt off at the beach with confidence.” My journey did not happen without setback and struggles but through it all I dropped over 100 pounds, discovered myself again and learned that it is not something you do with a deadline but instead a way of life you must chose to commit to.
It is now my mission to help others do the same for their health. The best way I can think to thank my trainer is to “pay it forward”. In July of 2014 I received my Certificate of Personal Trainer (CPT) and Golf Fitness Specialist (GFS) from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). My experiences have motivated me to become a mentor to those who are serious about achieving their goals and the education through NASM has equipped me with the tools and knowledge to do just that.
I am also very passionate about Community Service. I am the co-founder of the Spirit Strong Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring and empowering challenged athletes and individuals with disabling injuries.
“I look forward to helping you realize, achieve and exceed your life’s goals.” – David Hanscom
Even I have a “Before & After”