I was born and raised in Lakeland and for as long as I can remember... I've always enjoyed working out and staying healthy. Fitness has been a part of my life.
I love working out with weights, running and don’t ask me why, but I really love doing pull-ups. I can still remember being able to do 12 pull-ups in my elementary PE class.
When my brothers and I were younger we also use to run races for various fund-raising events and we played city league football. We were always pretty competitive.
My older brother Christopher...started working out with weights and a solar flex machine in our garage when he was in middle school. My twin brother Kyle and I thought we would try working out with weights too. Our dad trained all three of us...and it became a passion for our family! By middle school I held the record for the most pull-ups, which at that time was about 28.
And then our family suffered a fatal blow - A terrible tragedy that inspired me to continue working harder to become stronger. A find a release from the pain. And a chance to discover a purpose in what I was doing. My best friend, my identical twin brother Kyle, suddenly passed away on November 4, 2007 at the very young age of 19. His short life has motivated me to do something good with my life. Kyle always loved sports...and I want to keep doing some of the workout routines we did together. He was, and still is, my inspiration.
After his death I realized that life can be short and we all only get one chance to get it right. I truly believe we should live life doing something we love to do...and my strong Christian faith seems to be guiding me to do just that!