Give us a few things that we might not already know about you
-I have a coffee addiction!. I seriously need it to function, but it also tastes so delicious. If I ever look off my game, just bring me a cup a coffee and all will be well again in the world. I was also a band nerd in high school playing trombone. I rocked out on the side with bass and guitar with my own garage rock band. And I’ve had four surgeries on my right knee.
Talk to us about the most embarrassing moment in your life
-Geeeez, where do I start? Let’s go with the time I flipped over the front of my bike senior year at Texas A&M in a garden bed right in front of a class that just let out. Oh, and it was right after I bombed a marketing test to add insult to injury. “Just walk it off, man. Walk it off…”
If you had to choose just one, what would your favorite exercise be?
-I’d probably have to go with the deadlift on this one. Picking up several hundred pounds from the ground is manly as hell.
And what about least favorite?
-Ugh, it has to be high rep weighted Bulgarian split squats. That’ll take the wind out of your sails EVERY time.
What kind of music do you listen to while you workout?
-Honestly, this can vary week to week, but the majority is a metal/rock mix. I’m currently on an Avenged Sevenfold kick.
Let’s talk about food….give us some of your favorites
-Well, my all-time favorite has to be my Grandma Joy’s cowboy cookies. She’s the best! After that, I’ll never turn down a pizza or a good sushi roll. Carbs are seriously awesome.
What is your spirit animal?
-Grizzly bear! Rawwwwr!
-It’s a toss up between Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. Although, as a child my favorite movie was Big Trouble in Little China. I was normal, I swear.
What was your first vehicle?
-1994 3/4 Ton Chevy Truck with 200K miles that was one step below a tank.
What are some of your favorite local restaurants/eateries?
-I’m going to have to go with Hutchins BBQ or Torchy’s Tacos. I’m so very thankful Hutchins has an all you can eat option.
What do you often think about?
-Whether or not I’m going to let my future offspring play with iPads in public and be “those” kids.
Describe the most surreal moment of your life
-Senior year of high school, 4 games into the football season. I felt a pop in my right knee after trying to make a cut on a play and immediately collapsed in a sharp pain. I got up and walked it off, only to fall down again from a lack of stability. The trainer helped me to the training room and I remember the exact moment when the orthopedic doctor tugged on my knee and told me I had torn my ACL. I saw my dad walk in and started crying knowing I was done for the year and ultimately my playing career.
Is there “one” workout that you’ll always remember?
-Oddly enough, it was probably the very “first” one of my life. I played sports since the age of 5, but quit after 8th grade. During my junior year of high school, I decided to come back and play football again. The very first workout was in the middle of January and consisted of every terrible conditioning drill you could think of including a ton of sprints, box jumps, squats, duck walks, bear crawls and I’m sure more, but I just blocked it out. Anyways, the cold winter air combined with my deconditioned aerobic state lead to me wheezing on the ground with a bloody, metallic taste in my mouth as I prayed for mercy. When it was all said and done, I remember it took me over twenty minutes just to change clothes and laid in the front seat of my truck another fifteen before I gathered the strength to drive home. As bad as it sounds, quitting never took place and I won a starting job on the team.
Are there some current fitness trends that you enjoy seeing?
-I think the growing aspect of group fitness (primarily barbell training) is a great thing. Having a social support system is HUGE for people’s success in a health and fitness routine. I also like seeing the emergence of flexible dieting which helps people understand how to incorporate their favorite foods into their eating strategies.
What do you think is presently wrong with the fitness industry?
-There are too many individuals looking to make a quick buck off of desperate and naïve people. The supplement industry grosses billions of dollars every year, yet the obesity crisis is growing. We need education and sincerity more than anything, but that can be said for many industries.
What’s a solid piece of fitness advice you can give the good ol’ people of the U S of A?
-Give it everything you have and most importantly, stay consistent!
“Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat.”
When it’s all said and done, what will your tombstone say?
-“He enjoyed booze, guns, cars, and younger women until the day he died.”