M.S. Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Focus: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
B.S. Biology from Lake Forest College, Illinois
Certifications: ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED/First Aid
About yourself: I was born in France but I have spent most of my life living in the U.S. I grew up playing basketball and soccer and have always led an active lifestyle. After I got my Masters in 2011 I began my career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer.
Why did you become a personal trainer?
After graduating from Lake Forest College in 2008 I did an internship at the Shedd Aquarium working with marine mammals. I spent my time training the mammals and taking care of them. Following the internship I decided I wanted to continue training but not with animals. Since I always was active I decided that I wanted to change gears and work with actual people. Therefore, I went back to school to learn about human movement. I learned how the body moves and what happens when we workout. I wanted to apply my education in a practical application so I decided to become a personal trainer. This has allowed me to help people on a daily basis while also educating them during the process.
What are your own personal fitness goals?
I have always been a thin guy and with a 6’7” frame it has been difficult to put on some pounds. My goal for the last few years has been to add lean muscle and increase my weight. It has been a struggle to eat the necessary calories to do so but I have slowly put on a few pounds. I have found a balance between working out and calorie intake which has yielded consistent results.
What is your favorite and least favorite exercise?
My favorite exercise is the pull-up. Being really tall pull-ups have been difficult. When my arms are completely straight my knees are almost touching the ground. Pull-ups are my favorite because they have always been challenging and they are a good gauge of my progress. On the other hand, traditional deadlifts are my least favorite exercise.
What is your most memorable success with a client?
My most memorable moment of training was when my 60+ years old female client did 51 pushups in a row during her fitness assessment. She trained four times a week for over a year and worked hard on her nutrition. She made the necessary lifestyle changes and stayed consistent on a weekly basis.