Other than in my time in summer of 1992 to summer of 1993, I was constantly active. At age of six years old, I begin to train in martial art of Tae Kwon Do. I continue to do that, until I was ten years old. Shortly after I turned eleven years old, I started to play ball related sports like basketball. I played that sport, until my senior year of high school. For I was not an natural gifted athlete, so I had to work extra hard to try to be competitive with others.
After my eighth grade year, I begin to train with weights at the age of fourteen years old. When I did that, I notice my body changing. I felt a little stronger, and I felt my endurance improved when I played basketball. The weight training I did was with the stack machines, and I did not train with free weights until I was sixteen years old. For I had a fear of seriously injuring myself, so that is why I started with nautilus machines.
As I continue to train with weights and doing isometric training, I felt more in love doing those things than becoming more technical in basketball. For running on the basketball court throughout the length of a real game was not a problem for me, because of doing resistant training. Doing that also taught me what the body can do when training more hard than previous training session. Resistant training also gave me mental toughness, because I knew that I had way more endurance than the conditioning programs my basketball coach had us do. I had so much resistant in my body, that I could take charges from people twice my size with no problem. For love getting up after I take a charge, because it made me feel like the Undertaker.
After I finish playing basketball in my senior year of high school, I went onto college. With no more playing basketball, I concentrate more on weight training. Early in my freshman year, I learn to workout certain parts together. I learn what to eat to help me train, like egg whites.
When I started at Liberty University in 1999, the student’s gym was on the second floor in the Schilling Center. That building no longer exist, and student gym is called the Lahaye Center. For it is an hundred time bigger than the one in the Schilling Center, but training there was one of my favorite things to do when I was a undergrad at Liberty University. Not only did I just train at the Schilling Center, but I also discover an career path I would pursue for five years.
For on the first floor of the Schilling Center, there was an bulletin with advertisement for the degree of Exercise Science. They listed what jobs would be offer for people, with an bachelor science degree of Exercise Science. One of the jobs was personal training, and seeing that made me realize that teaching people how to train could transcend into a job. From seeing the opportunity of turning something I love into a career, I begin to pursue my first degree of exercise science.
Throughout my study in courses of exercise science, it help me be an very effective personal trainer for people. It also made me an better exerciser, because I had an better understanding of how my body worked from an kinesiology and exercise physiology stand point. For I would do exercise of bicep curls, and I would imagine my arm operating as levers taught in kinesiology. I would also imagine my muscles contracting, throughout the range of motion. My knowledge of exercise science combined with my reading of Flex magazine gave me unique training principles I would use for my own training, and others that I would later train.
My last semester as a undergrad at Liberty University begin with me interning at the YMCA there. After I graduate from Liberty University in May of 2014, I continue to work at the YMCA as a fitness coach. When I became certify in 2005 as a personal trainer, I was able to set up people with my prescribed programs. The things I learned about physical training, I would implement on myself first to see what it was like. However, a lot of stuff I tried to implement came from commercial ideas. For I bought into the supplement way of making myself look like the guy on the cover on Muscle & Fitness. For I now know that people on those covers do not look that way cause of supplements, but because of steroids.
By summer of 2006, I weighed in range of 200-195 pounds. My weight training was composed of supersets, trisets, and interval training. I was eating the way Flex Magazine says to get big, and I was also into the supplements like: creatine, glutamine, argine, and Whey Protein. I continue to do those things, and doing routines like bodybuilding until 2009.
Towards the end of 2008, I felt my fitness training getting stale. That also the same time, that I really got into MMA. I remember nights of where I would go on Youtube, and watch MMA stuff. I would watch how they would train, and I saw their results. For their purpose of training was not to just look good, but it had function of survival. From that point was where I begin to have deeper understanding of training, and looked at physical training with purpose of training to be functional.
During my undergrad years, I would train on and off in martial arts. For one semester I started to learn Brazilian Jujitsu at a school, that I refer to now as my main martial arts school. I also learn Aikido for one semester, and Hapkido at another semester. For I was not able to keep up with those martial arts training, while studying in school.
In 2009 I came back to Liberty University, and I started to train back at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts. Training back there not only change the way I physically train for function, but also the way I ate. For not eating good would affect the way you train in martial arts, especially in Jujitsu. My eating evolved beyond the bodybuilding way, by incorporating a balance spread of fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, starches, and milk products. I try to eat these foods, as natural as I can. I later experience with the Gracie Format of eating, and I love it!
In the fall of 2012, I set of goal of being more consistent in Jujutsu by showing up for every practice. Before 2012, I did not have very good consistency in my Jujutsu training. For my grappling did not evolve like it should. Other goals I set for Jujutsu was to compete into tournaments and get my blue belt to begin to help others with their Jujutsu. All three of those goals were accomplish, and my physical training revolves around my Jujutsu game. The way I eat also revolves around my Jujutsu game.
Well, it is summer of 2014. It’s been ten years, since I received my bachelors degree in exercise science. I just received my second Master in theological studies, and my weight is the same as it was in summer of 2006 with weight range of 195-200 pounds. For my physical training, and eating revolves around function. Its not just about the look, but my training is about function.