I started in the gym when I was 11 years old. My uncle was a professional tennis coach, past all Canadian football player, and at the time he was and still is a teacher. So the gym/fitness has been a huge part of my life. Working out became more of a regimented thing as soon as I realized it made me a better stronger faster football player which I also started when I was 11 years old. But I never thought one day I would get paid to work out! My goal was to become a professional football player. I chased that dream until I couldn't chase it anymore and life gave me another route to becoming a professional athlete.
When I started bodybuilding training became a lot more personal as opposed to functional for athletic performance purposes. It became a very spiritual thing for me. An outlet of held in emotions whether it be anger or happiness.
It's not hard to separate training and life/work. One being I am self-employed but mostly I keep them separate because the gym is my sanctuary. Life/work will be ongoing. There will be ups and down in both but the gym for me stays separate and consistent. I won't let the negatives of life enter my realm of fitness and I won't let time do so either so I manage my time well so I can do what needs to be done.
What sets you apart from other athletes?
My personality. I'm going to be very frank. The fitness industry is full of very exaggerated lifestyles and personalities, bodybuilding itself lacks a lot of outgoing personalities and I feel I'm one of the very few that you will find very unique in a sense that I'm not so closed off to myself. I'm outgoing I speak my mind I'm very open about my life experiences and I'm not afraid to be just me! I'm like who I am and I have a sense of purpose. I don't have to act any other way but just be myself and I feel the industry lacks that greatly. Or It's very overshadowed by the fake that's out there.
What are your personal long term and short term goals?
Short term personal goals for me involve competing. I want to place at least top five in the 2019 season. I would love to make to the Olympia (that's more long term). I just had a baby girl and to be honest my goals revolve around her quality of life. I want to excel at everything I do so I can provide for my wife and my daughter.
Who inspires you and why?
My daughter is my everything. I knew I had a purpose before and still do my now with her, my purpose is so clear and it motivates and inspires me to be everything I can be so i can be the best for her.
What is your favorite Type of workout?
My favorite type of work out is a productive one. I'm a strength and conditioning coach and I have a strength and conditioning coach lol. But really
a well-rounded plan that has a purpose to whatever goal I am setting. Progressive overload/hypertrophy plans help me the most for muscle building. But every once and a while I will do a blood volume type plan of
higher reps and a moderate weight that can still bring me to failure in the set rep ranges.
What keeps you going on the hard days?
My daughter now. Before it was just my goals. I've been through a lot in my short life and looking back at where I could have been always pushing me to where I want to go! Hard times in life are there to help strengthen you. And most hard times are brought on by ourselves unless if death or illness in a family or natural disaster.
You just have to remember what made you so hungry and passionate to start and that will help you push through the hard times.
What are your favorite times to use your Gripped Headphones?
Love wearing my Gripped when I'm doing cardio, training or when I'm trying to learn a new piano song on Spotify. I piano by early and the V3s are super clear so I am able to hear all the notes from a certain song. Love the V3’s I listen to a ton of EDM and my headphone must be clear so i can hear every
sound/instruments during the songs
What has been your favorite moment throughout your fitness journey?
My favorite moment is when I won the Canadian
bodybuilding nationals championships, earning my pro card and the title of Mr. Canada 2017 its was also on the 150 Canada Day.
What’s a random fact that many people wouldn’t know about you?
I play several instruments, I've been a snowboard instructor and I can ride real good, I always was an aggressive inline skater lol.
What advice would you pass on to someone in their own fitness journey?
The greater the goal the harder the work. If you have big goals there is going to be a lot of work that needs to be done to achieve them. But the journey is most of the time just as good as the destination so don't be so in a rush to conquer the world. If you work hard consistently you will reach your goals. And don't let life get in the way of your goals. I see way too many people fall short because life got in the way. Their partner broke up with them, they lost their job, they failed a term paper. Life will never wait for you to be ready to don't wait for it. Go after your dreams with conviction and never look back.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
My split this year has worked the best. I have to rest days ( active rest days) on Thursday and Sundays and I need that rest. I used to be a no days off kind of guy but then I got more intelligent and realized that my body needs the proper time off if I want to reach my physical goals.
What's your favorite place to eat?
Sushi , Beef Ribs and Corn Bread
What is your Favourite Quote?
I am the master of my fate
I am the caption of my soul
What are your hobbies and interests outside of fitness?
Snowboarding, playing piano.
What is your favourite exercise to perform and why?
My favorite exercises have to be the back squat. I love technical lift as they better you are at
them the more you can lift! It's like a golf swing. Super technical but when the technique gets behind a perfect swing you can send that ball as far as it can go. Same as a squat. By the way, I suck at golf.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
My wife hates that I have close to 30 pairs. She thinks they all look the same lol
If you could only have one meal the rest of your life what would it be?
Beef Ribs and Corn Bread
What type of music do you listen to?
EDM, Rap, Alternative Rock, Classical, R&B
What is the worst injury you have ever had?
Tore my ACL and It's still torn. I was lucky to never have to repair it and still function at a high level with it gone.