Fitness and lifting is something I’ve always enjoyed, but it was more forced on me than by choice originally. Growing up playing football and basketball at high levels, i always tried to lift to get stronger, but never knew how much it would end up being a major part of my life. When my sports career came to a final halt in high school after a second ACL tear and total left knee reconstruction, I shifted my focus toward the gym for rehab. It was at that point in time I find myself lifting more to better my mind and body than I found myself rehabbing to get back to playing sports. I started following all the physique, bodybuilders and all around fitness competitors on Instagram and fell in love with the lifestyle. I ended up competing in my first Mens Physique show in 2017, placing first in the Lightweight division and 3rd overall. This gave me an extreme sense of accomplishment because it was the first success I experienced in this sport, but I felt I was missing out on something that was very unique to me, my strength. This is when I discovered the sport of powerlifting. You lift the most, you win. Simple as that. This has altered my goal to being the strongest person in any gym that I go to. I’d consider myself a PowerBuilder at this point, I have a heavy focus on strength, but also try to build my physique. I love doing lifting challenges and unique attempts to lift things even outside of the gym!
Something else that has been very major in my life is providing opportunities for children and adults with special needs to workout and play in sporting leagues tailored to their abilities. I teamed with Empower Sports in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio to create an annual deadlift competition, Deadlifts For Diff-Abilities, to raise money to provide the funds for these sporting leagues.