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I grew up in an interesting family life that gave me a clear view of why fitness was going to be so important in my life and that one word was called confidence. The better I have felt throughout life the more confident I have become. I had little good feedback through my journey and I soon understood that when I worked out and set goals my mindset shifted from victim to victor.


City, State/Province:
West Fargo ND

United States

In your opinion, is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue and why?
I see weight loss as being a health issue. The why is a question that over this last 2 years has become so relevant and it makes me angry and sad how little accountability so many take for the state of their own health

If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?

    • Fitness level:10
    • Health level:90

Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
I believe each one of these can play a role in each client’s life at various times. My goal is always to find out how the client views themselves in an ideal world when they are 80. That is where I like to work from as far as the big picture view. Now in the big picture, I then like to break it down into what I call the seasons of health and fitness because it will look different throughout one’s life.

How did your passion for fitness start? And what was the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey?
My passion for fitness started at age 15. The biggest challenge I have faced has been learning to shut down the inner voices from early in life.

Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I don’t know that I am unique as the world has many great trainers but I do have one little thing that people find surprising. When I sit down with clients for the first time, it is simply to let them tell me about them. I want to know about their life so I can come up first with a plan that will align but most importantly I want to start where they are not where they were or want to be but right where they are today.

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Training Plan:
Varies depending upon the key phrase of “Starting Where You Are”

Nutritional Plan:
Client dependent

Supplement Plan:
Client dependent but always a Multivitamin, Vitamin B and Vitamin D to start.

Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colours/flavours/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavours and sweeteners? And Why?
I hate to sound like a broken record! This again is all about starting where they are. I will ask them to keep it simple by cutting out 1 thing negative and replacing it with one positive. Slow and steady to keep in the flow of lifestyle.

Please describe the importance of mental health?
Mental health is the most important thing there is and this all starts with how one view themselves. Poor self-image cripples people from taking action. This is such a key.

Take us through a typical day in life for you?
4:30 am up and do my morning ritual of 15 minutes of positive self-talk. Once this is finished, it is my own nutrition and then in the gym with clients starting at 5:30 am and this usually lasts until 1 pm. 1 pm is personal development time. My time usually consists of Sauna and an educational podcast or book. Next up, it’s off to my own training session unless I’m training with a particularly long-time client that likes me to train with them from time to time although I do not do that often. Next up is off to tend to my side business projects until 5 PM which puts me back in the gym for another 2 hours and then it’s a bit of off time while planning for the next day followed by an hour or two of downtime. Off to bed around 10 pm and dream about doing it all over again.

What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I have known of this magazine for many many years and the attention to detail really impresses The magazine also takes the time to focus on health as well as the extreme fitness side of things. Status truly sets the bar.

If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What made you decide to start a magazine?

Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I actually am here to serve and if my words can help anyone just start that is my goal. After being in this for so long, I feel like the “old school guy” simply hoping to impart wisdom and help others which in turn helps me as well.

Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coaches range from business to performance. They demand excellence or at least the willingness to try.

Can you share with us your goals for fitness and life?
My goal is simple: I want to meet people at their starting point and start where they are. I believe a healthy world is a better world and that has been my mission from day one.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Consistency is the key.

5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Kindness, Willingness to learn, Discipline, Open-hearted and finally Driven to be a good human first.

If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
This one eludes me but in truth, if I can inspire that one person that doesn’t think they can succeed in life to simply try that is a win for me because that one person will impact those around them. It can be positive or negative. My aim is to have them break free from their inner demons and be a positive force!

Who inspires you? And why?
My lady because she raised a son solo, never lost faith and is the hardest dang worker in any room!

What is your number one tip for people on their fitness journey?
Start Where You Are!

What does success look like for you?
Success looks like knowing I’m always moving forward because if we stop moving forward, what’s left?

What is your favourite quote to live by?
The pain of regret will haunt you forever.

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