Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, CA
Gym - Venice, CA
5' 6" Off Season Weight: 260lbs
IFBB Pro Bodybuilder/Own Personal Training
What kind of
child were you growing up?
Let's just say I was overactive. My mother
said that when I was little she had to put me on a leash so that I wouldn't
run away. I was always getting my hand into something.
did you compete in?
My mother decided to put me in gymnastics
when she couldn't take my hyperactivity anymore. She probably thought it
was that or have me break my neck at home. I used to ride in the back seat
of the car on my head. That stunt drove my mom nuts. When I was in third
grade I stayed after school one day and lied to the school gymnastics coach
to get into gymnastics. I told her my mother had signed all the papers
and said it was okay for me to join. About this time I think my mother
gave up and enrolled me. That turned out to be a good move because by the
time I was in college I was competing all over the nation as a nationally
ranked platform and power tumbler. I even competed out of the country for
the US. Gymnastics made me very disciplined and even led to many other
opportunities that I wouldn't have had otherwise, such as cheerleading.
What led you
I have always loved competition. When
I find something I like I really focus on it and try my hardest to be the
best. First I became a nationally ranked gymnast, and then I won two national
championships in cheerleading. However, once I graduated from grad school
and both of those competitive activities were behind me, I found I had
a lot of extra time on my hands. I started to hit the gym more and more.
After about a year a couple of my friends thought with the base I had already
built I should enter a bodybuilding competition. I had never thought of
stepping on stage, but another friend introduced me to David Wisdom, a
nationally ranked bodybuilder, who helped me get ready for my first show.
I didn't really know what to expect. I just wanted to make sure I didn't
embarrass the hell out of myself. David was great and helped me tremendously.
I placed third out of three guys, but I got a lot of compliments and was
hooked. I had just found another outlet to compete.
What are your
goals in bodybuilding?
Right now I'm
taking it one step at a time. Now that I have my pro card. My next goal is to
qualify for and step onstage at the Olympia in Vegas next year! I am hoping I
can make a long professional career in the sport of bodybuilding and health and
fitness. These are two different areas I would like to make a long lasting
Who has been
My inspiration has mainly come from my
immediate family. They have taught me so much about the person I want to
be and continue to be. Their work ethic, drive and morals will always continue
to push me to be the best I can.
You have quickly
gathered yourself a fan base. What would you like to say to your fans out
My main message is 'Thank you!' I love
pretty much everything about the fans. The fans are what makes the sport.
It takes a lot from someone to come up and say hi and start a conversation
and each person deserves respect. I live by the motto, "Treat each person
the way you would like to be treated.' It's just great watching the enthusiasm
and the support these people hold for their athletes. It's only right to
give it back to them.
What is the
one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
Most people are actually very surprised
to know that I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters
Degree. Bodybuilders are always fighting the, "dumb bodybuilder", stereotype.
Anyone who lifts weights can't carry on a conversation and had two brain
What do you
see yourself doing when you are finished competing?
By the time I'm finished competing I
hope to still have my hand in health and fitness in some way. I have chosen
weight training and health and fitness as a part of my lifestyle so I want
to always be involved in it in one way or another. Other than that, I would
like to have my own gym by the time I'm finished competing.
Are there any
last words you would like to express?
All I really have left to say is thank
you to all the bodybuilders and friends who have helped me along the way
- from the beginning when I had just stared working out till now. Without
them I would have never gotten this far. Special thanks to Chris Williamson,
Darryl Hicks, David Wisdom,
Joe and Hella DeAngelis, Mike Piacentino, Amy
Grasso, Saman Bakhtiar, Carlos Bustamante,
Chris Cormier, Charles Glass, and