Here is my disclaimer: I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR. The purpose of this blog is to inform, not medically diagnose. Though there are suggestions on my blog about nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle interventions, they are by no means instructions to change your life. Before embarking on any of the suggestions, CONSULT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN or another qualified healthcare professional. I will not be held responsibility for any changes you make to your diet and life.
Who am I?
I work as a personal trainer at a commercial gym and also do private training. I am a graduate of New York University with a Bachelors in Nutrition/Dietetics. Currently, I am studying to become a Registered Dietitian. I was born in Baltimore, MD and currently live in New York with my wife, Ji Hee, and two dogs.
I was never an athlete growing up. I engaged in physical activity, but rarely was it formal or organized. I played pick-up basketball games with friends, using a bottomed-out milk crate as the hoop. I threw a rubber ball against a wall to keep myself occupied. And I chased girls around the playground as the “kissing monster” (I could have caught them, but at 8 years old, do you really?). That was my physical activity growing up.
When I was 10, I played baseball for one year. I quit because I thought I had no aptitude for baseball. My stolen bases percentage was 100%, but that was if I didn’t strike out first.
When I was a senior in high school, I wanted to try our school sports. But who tries a sport for the first time in high school? I played on the football team in the fall and the swim team in the winter. I lasted 2 games in football and 3 meets in swimming. I quit because I thought I had no aptitude for football or swimming. Oh, I was 129 pounds.
Years later, I joined the U.S. military, discovered proper training and nutrition, and began to notice changes in my body and performance. After leaving the military, I decided to pursue this physical endeavor not only for myself, but also as a job, to help others discover the beauty of training and nutrition the same way I did.
My point in all of this? I do not have an ‘extensive athletic background’. I did not grow up in an environment where organized sports was emphasized. I grew up with average genetics. I grew up with less than average physical abilities. And I grew up with terrible self-confidence issues in my physical abilities.
But with training, I now have a body I am proud of. I can do things I never would have thought I’d be able to do–like a 3 x bodyweight deadlift, a 2.5 x bodyweight squat, 5 chin-ups with 100 extra pounds, and jumping up a 4.5 foot box. I could only imagine how this could have translated into sports when I was younger.