My story of how I began exercising and working out might not be like most. Fitness and working out wasn’t something that I actively pursued or even thought about. Growing up, I tried to play as many sports as I could. Every season, I was playing something new and traveling all over to tournaments on weekends. As you know, the older you get the more competitive sports become. At a certain age, if you want to play in college, you need to choose a sport to focus on.
I chose basketball.
As a kid growing up in Southern California, you only dream about playing on the Lakers with Kobe and Shaq. That was my dream, and that was what I wanted.
Entering high school, I was a measly freshman at 5’7”, on a good day. I didn’t have freakish athletic abilities, and was pretty average. Nonetheless, basketball was going to be my sport.
I began working out by association. Everybody on the basketball team went to train with this local trainer, so I went too. It was during these workouts that I fell more and more in love with working out. The camaraderie of working out with your team, the opportunity to lift heavier than the previous day, and the emergence of my puny biceps (still puny to this day) is what got me hooked and kept me coming back every single day. From freshman year of high school, to this day in 2020, working out and fitness has been a major pillar in my life.
The only real “adult” job I have ever had is coaching. Right out of college, I began working in a gym and began coaching. When I wasn’t coaching, I was reading articles on how to program, I learned more about energy systems, and I watched countless YouTube videos of movements and techniques. I pursued internships in NCAA Division-1 Strength & Conditioning Departments so I could get experience working in athletics. I even moved across the country from home in CA to Philadelphia to pursue one of these unpaid internships.
That’s how dedicated I am to learning and growing my own personal experiences and background to training and coaching, so that you can benefit. I never though about doing anything else.
Flash forward to today, and I own Hustle One Fitness.
The question you are probably asking is: why did you decide to open a gym?
I believe happiness comes in the form of me being able to do what I love every single day.
I don’t wake up at 4am everyday for a paycheck. I do because I love what I do.
I don’t work for 15 hours a day because I have to. I do because I want to.
My biggest joy in life is interacting and working with people every single day. The gym to me is only a happy place. Even if you walk through the doors of Hustle One angry, tired, or distraught, I can guarantee that you will leave feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to tackle any of life’s challenges.
I never thought I would own a gym. It was never on my radar. But, as I look back on my past experiences and the work I have done, it all reaffirms that I am doing what I am supposed to do. I believe in God, and I believe that my life’s work is to help people achieve the life they deserve, and for me that just so happens to be through fitness.
At the end of the day, happiness is the most important thing to me. Coaching and helping others is what makes me happy. Opening Hustle One Fitness allows me to pursue my happiness, and at the same time helps others become happy through losing weight, building muscle, and reaching whatever goals they have set.
Hustle One Fitness is a home to many. And anybody who walks through those doors is part of my family.