Bio (in my own words)
I grew up in Miami but went to Ohio State University. I dropped out of school to tour the world in punk rock bands before traversing India to study yoga and in search of ‘enlightenment’.
I became a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist in New York City in 1995. I have worked in gyms, health clubs, boutique studios, physical therapy clinics, spas and privately.
I was a group fitness instructor for a few years – my functional fitness class BURN was the first medicine ball class at Equinox and my Mountain Bike Adventures class was an industry first (indoor cycling coupled with outdoor riding in Central Park).
My personal training and group classes garnered press coverage in Sports Illustrated and other national media.
I’ve taught workshops (exercise science, nutrition, professional development) and consulted with corporations on wellness program development.
I’ve worked with a wide range of clientele from corporate executives, dancers to professional athletes; young and old, overweight, underweight and everyone in between. For more than a decade, I’ve worked with pre/post natal clients and have been fortunate to coach their kids in athletic development.
Mindful Strength Training. Restorative/Therapeutic Exercise
Over the last few years, the fitness industry became saturated with Bootcamp and Metabolic Conditioning programs. In order to differentiate my work from this trend, I stopped referring to my my program as Burn Sports and started referring to my work as ‘Mindful Strength Training’.
Many clients I’ve worked with had unresolved injuries, a variety of orthopedic issues, were recovering from surgery or had chronic pain. This work is typically called ‘post-rehab’ or ‘special populations’, but I refer to it as ‘therapeutic exercise’ or ‘restorative fitness’.
I also have 30 years of my own sports injuries which has provided me insight & empathy into helping clients/patients in their journey.
Around 2001 I started training in, then practicing ‘functional medicine’. Over time, and after trying several functional medicine methods – I became skeptical and discovered simpler solutions. I fixed my own health issues without the complex, expensive world of ‘functional medicine’ or superstition-based ‘alternative health’ models.
I was a vegetarian for 18 years, then Paleo (gluten free) for a decade. A few years ago, after much contemplation, I gave all of that up. I’ll spare you my thoughts on nutrition for now, but suffice to say, balance and moderation actually work well.
I have found consistently over the years that the best solution to many people’s health issues is often the simplest.
My career has been dedicated to professional growth and I’ve changed some of my positions over time; three key reasons for this are curiosity, the willingness to be wrong and recognizing that people require individualized solutions.
I have no real method or ideology and when asked what I do, my answer most often these days is: I help people reduce pain, move better and improve quality of life.
People are participants in complex, dynamic relationships within environments and have radically different circumstances than the majority of fitness professionals. Personal trainers/health coaches can only do so much on the individual level. In order to affect change on a broader scale, we’ll need to get involved in politics and figure out how to make our craft available to those who can’t afford it, or don’t have access to boutique gyms. Instead of being an elitist, insular group who dispenses conspiracy theories and magical thinking, the industry needs to understand how we are individuals who live in communities and not everyone, in fact most people, do not need to be jacked, tanned or ripped.