I began weight training during high school as most others do, but it wasn’t in an effort to make me better for sports. By the time high school had begun, I was winding down my athletic hobbies, soccer & baseball, and becoming wrapped up in my other passion, playing drums, set and marching. I marched in the high school band throughout my years while finding interest in weight training. The images I saw in Flex & Muscle & Fitness truly inspired me to one day have my face grace the cover of one of those magazines.
After completing high school, I decided it was time to learn all I could about bodybuilding and begin my career in this great sport. It was January 1, 1990 as a New Year’s Resolution for me to join a hard-core gym and find all the information I could about the sport. As luck may have it, I joined a place called Masters Gym and ran into a fire fighter who happened to personal train on his off days. His name was Joe Troccoli. He won the lightweight class at the USA’s the same year Flex Wheeler won the heavyweight and overall. This man immediately became my mentor. I would learn from him for the next nine years. He taught me about humility and respect for the sport and always working to the best of my ability. He taught me life lessons that I now share with upcoming perspective bodybuilders.
My bodybuilding career began in 1993 while attending the University of Florida, GO GATORS!!!!! My first show produced a middleweight class win, along with the overall. The taste of success made me want more.