I am studying Exercise Physiology and pursuing a minor in Psychology at UMass Lowell.
I am American Red Cross CPR/AED & First Aid Certified.
What got you interested in fitness and exercise?
Fitness has always been a part of my life. If it was nice outside, I was outside playing some sort of sport with the other kids in my neighborhood. We all wanted to be the next big sports superstar. For me, football was the sport, and I wanted to be a wide receiver or half back. High school came around and that’s when I really got into it. I grew up with asthma though, so I struggled in the beginning. This made me work harder to try and keep up, and now I’d like to attribute the drive I’ve had to me being a pretty good overall athlete. All this work I’ve put in over the years has made me really appreciate exercise in all its avenues. Now, I’m at a point that exercise in some fashion is part of my daily routine, and I can’t see this changing.
Why did you want to become a personal trainer at Campus Recreation?
A real passion of mine is helping others. I don’t care what it is, I get a kick out of making someone else have a better day in some way shape or form. Exercise is another real passion of mine, so if you combine these two together, I’d say personal training is a result. I really love the time I can spend showing someone ways in which exercise can be used to achieve any of the fitness goals they have. Knowing that this person is happy making healthy changes to themselves is something I truly love.
What is your philosophy on fitness?
I believe fitness is more than breaking a sweat, how fast you can run a mile, or how much weight you can lift. It encapsulates many aspects of a person and their life, whether it be mental, physical, or social. To truly become “fit” I believe you must make it a lifestyle and keep an open mind to what it may bring, because in the end, your results are determined by you and what you bring to the table.
What are some of your hobbies and other interests?
I’m a pretty big adrenaline junky to say the least. Sky diving, bungee jumping, you name it! Anything that is fitness related is something I am always interested in. Hiking, camping, and basically anything nature related is something I truly enjoy. I also, have a passion for my Native American heritage. I am Wampanoag Indian and very proud. When I have the time, I like to participate in my tribe’s customs such as dancing, singing, etc. I try to take part in my tribes powwow each year, and take part in other gatherings with surrounding tribes as well. I also am a huge movie guy who loves going to the movies, or hanging out watching movies with friends.