My father was the biggest influence when I was growing up, teaching me about health, fitness and nutrition from the age of six. Every day he took my brother and I out before and after school to work out and train for the different seasonal sports – baseball, wrestling, football, boxing, whatever was going. He introduced me to super food shakes and exposed me to good nutrition, to the point where leading a healthy and active lifestyle was ingrained in my DNA. I strived to be in top physical shape for any sport I was competing in and knew early on it was my calling to teach others how to be fit and healthy.
The next big motivator in my life was attending Colgate University, an exclusive, highly regarded college, where I played football for four years. I learned a ton in the weight room about movement, body and nutrition. My real focus was on achieving optimum health and getting into tip top physical shape in regard to aesthetics, rather than just getting bigger and bigger for performance in football. I went from weighing 235 pounds during my football years to gradually developing the body of a 180-pound lean ultra-athlete, using my own body to test biohacking and nutrition strategies that prove I am a living example of what I preach.