Birth – 2005
Nothing too exciting to talk about during these years. Except for the first time I touched a pair of boobs that weren’t my mothers. I liked it, and I would like to do it again sometime soon.
My father got me into training at the age of 14. The first exercise he taught me was, you guessed it, the bench press. But because I was so weak and couldn’t press the bar, I had to use a 10 kilo dumbbell and hold it by the ends.
Do be honest, at this stage, I didn’t mind cardio. I didn’t love it, but it didn’t bother me as much as it does now.
I was asked to play representative footy which for me was huge because all of 2005 and basically from the age of about 13 that was my goal and what I trained for.
I believe around this time was when I found my hate for cardio simply because I was running on average 3-5 kilometres a night at super high intensity. But I had to do it because running is a big part of aussie rules football – well at least that’s what everyone told me.
Out of about 25 new recruits. I was 1 of 3 to play the very first match. This was a pretty big deal for my school and community. Teachers who I didn’t even know were congratulating me and wishing me good luck. I even got interviewed on a radio show.
Unfortunately in only my third match I experienced a freakish accident where I landed awkwardly and dislocated my left knee. This was my first serious injury and sidelined me for 6+ months. I was shattered for the injury but kinda glad I didn’t have to run for a while.
After all the rehab completed for my left knee during 06, I was ready to rumble for a new footy season. However it only took me my first match to, again, land awkwardly and dislocate my right knee.Â For me, and any athlete would back me up on this, this was a really depressing few months that I went through. Your first injury is devastating, but the second just tears you a new one.
The remainder of 2007 involved knee rehab and finding alternatives methods to cardio and training so I could still keep my fitness without putting any extra strain on my knee. At this point I completely turned away from the typical bodybuilding and cardio methods and was in search for real world function strength and fitness.
This was my last year to really have a crack playing representative football. Unfortunately things didn’t go to well and I didn’t get picked up.
After dedicating basically my entire teenage years to football and nothing but football. I thought what the hell am I suppose to do now?
At the time I was at crossroads with becoming a massage therapist and a personal trainer. I was fairly keen on the whole massage thing because in my mind I believed that all I would be doing all day long is oiling up bikini models and getting a ton of side boob action.
But the massage teacher at the tafe told me that wasn’t so. So I decided to go for the personal training instead and started my certification. Lucky enough I managed to learn from one of the best trainers in Australia, Andrew Read, I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for him.
My parents had a 3 car garage and they agreed on letting me use it as a place to train clients simply because I wanted to do everything for myself andÂ avoid the big box gyms unlike everyone else. I wanted to train people my way with my equipment.
My first client lost 19 kilos in about 16 weeks. I thought I was the best trainer in the world at the time. Little did I know that mindset and determination is actually the most important thing you need when it comes to losing fat without cardio, and he had a ton of that. Your training program and diet will do nothing for you if you don’t have those things in check first.
I wasn’t making a lot of money from training so I decided to also do some part time modelling. I met a few great mates along the way but it was never really something that I was into. I just did it for the cash. In fact, if you type my name into Goggle, you’ll see some pictures that I’m not too fond of.
Also, around this time I wanted to start a blog, but I didn’t really have an edge. And since this was around the time I was modelling I was actually going to start a training blog for fitness models. I was so close to publishing the site, I purchased the website url and logo.
Now that I think about it, I’m so glad I didn’t because for one: my heart would have never been in it. and two: I would never be where I am today.
So mid-year, and about a week away from launching the fitness model training blog I decided to go for a run to clear my head. During my run the usual symptoms started to arise – knees and lower back were hurting, my joints were killing me from pounding the pavement and I was bored out of my mind. I was pissed off so I just stopped.
A light bulb went off in my head. Cardio Haters.
I went back home straight away, bought the url and had the site up within a couple weeks. At that is how this very site you are reading now was created.
I basically went into beast mode and was all about branding myself. I was still training clients in my garage and throwing new training programs and methods at them left, right and centre. And due to the results I had a massive influx of clients, so in order for me to take on more people I had to move to a bigger place.
Mid-year I moved from a 65 meter squared garage with no toilet or anything to a 215 meter squared warehouse with 2 toilets, an office andÂ change rooms.
Late-year, while on holidays, I received a phone call from the editor for Women’s Health & Fitness magazine stating that she loves my blog and heard great stuff about me. We discussed options and I agreed to start writing monthly articles for them.
Right now as we speak I continue to work in the trenches as a trainer at my gym, I also coach online clients, write, and work on a few new training products for my readers like yourself. I’m currently training for my RKC which will be in November.
Back in mid 2010 this blog started with about 20 readers which has now reached a few hundred readers a day and still growing. And I’m proud to say that I am the only guy on the net thatÂ dedicates his entire time, knowledge and passion toÂ helping fitness enthusiasts who hate cardio.
If there is anything that I can do to help you achieve your goals in any way through this site, please let me know by dropping a comment or contacting me on my Facebook fanpage and I will keep doing my best to provide you with fresh, high quality blog posts.