I am a Certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition, one of the top nutrition and certification companies in the world. I am also the co-owner of Sunrise Nutrition & Fitness with my wife who, too, is a Certified Nutrition Coach from Exercise & Nutrition Works, another top company in the world for nutrition and certification business. We wanted to get certified in two different programs, as the more knowledge and science provided to us helps us be more rounded and able to provide you the best help possible.
I grew up playing every sport available to me: hockey, soccer, football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, tennis, racquetball, handball, skateboarding, wake boarding, biking, roller blading, yadda, yadda, yadda. I was very athletic and excelled in sports. At about the age of 16 I had become fed up with the politics of sports and decided to quit everything all together. The truth is, the only person it hurt was me.
I was dipping chew, smoking cigarettes, drinking, and experimenting with drugs by the time I was 17 years old. Health and fitness were definitely on the backburner. By the time I had turned 21 I was an experienced drinker, smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, and ate whatever I wanted. But to be honest, with working in the outdoors in construction, I was still in pretty good shape so to speak. At about 25 I took a turn for the worst and went downhill fast. I was up to two packs of cigarettes a day, drinking a lot, eating whatever, and even got a little too acquainted with some prescription drugs.
By the time I was 27 it was time to pump the brakes, get some help, and start leading my life in a different direction. I was 260 lbs, out of shape, and smoked so much my fingers were yellow from the nicotine. I got some help, got a few things turned around, started exercising, and eating a little better. In 2013 I stopped smoking and started dipping. I know, not any better, but it was a step. I was working out about 3 days a week on some crappy gym equipment in our garage, but it was a start. By 2015, I was working out four to five times a week and eating pretty well, but I was still not where I wanted to be.
In 2016 I decided to wrestle in the Cornhusker State Games and get down to 205 lbs. That’s a pretty big difference from just a few years back. I could easily run 5 miles, was lean, but not really gaining anything. In 2017 I decided to put some more muscle on. I let the diet slide a little and the weight on the bar increased. I had blown all of my personal bests out of the water by about 100 lbs or more in the deadlift, bench, and squat. I had a great coach, and he also helped with my nutrition. Although being lean wasn’t the overall goal, I never got too heavy.
On a trip to Cabo we met a couple who got us into CrossFit, a place where our heavy lifts were now paired with double unders, burpees, and box jumps. My love for nutrition and fitness went through the roof. I love CrossFit, I love nutrition (as it is the foundation of anything we do as humans), and I love helping others. I get super bummed out when I see a 13-year-old boy who is obese, or a 40 something adult riding in a cart at Wal-Mart because they are 200 lbs overweight. We are in a pandemic as a society of obesity and lack of exercise. I hope our company can help to fight that.
I set a goal for 2018 to start Sunrise Nutrition & Fitness, get certified, and begin helping people reach their goals. Whether it be an athlete looking to dial in their performance, an overweight adult looking to change their ways, or someone who’s looking to fully turn around their life as Tonya and I have, as well as everything in between.
I have been at both ends of the spectrum of nutrition and fitness from 260 lbs and out of shape to around 215 lbs today. Now, I am free of tobacco, drink socially, and I do hard CrossFit workouts five days a week. My goal is: to help you reach yours and become the best version of yourself; help you get the results you deserve for your hard work; help you look better, feel better, and move better; and overall, help you be healthy, fit, and comfortable in your own body. I look forward to working with you.