What drives you? What makes you want to push yourself to the limit, risk everything, sacrifice it all to try and make your dreams come true?
For me, it's the ones who surround me. My friends and family who are constantly motivating me to succeed and the people who I have motivated and helped change their lives drives me. I fuel off of motivation others to succeed. When I hear a success story from a client or close friend it makes me strive harder because I want to be the best example I can be.
I've always been very self-motivated and determined to succeed at whatever I have a passion for. It was at a friend's birthday party when I found my first love for the sport of paintball at age 12. We rented gear and had his parents take us to the local field. From then on, I was hooked! I started playing for fun on the weekends with friends. By age15 my friends and I started playing kids tournaments and winning everything on the circuit. I picked up my first paintball video from a paintball shop and watched the professional teams playing all around the world. I made a decision that day: I would be a professional paintball player.
Most of my friends got burnt out on the sport, as most teenagers do with hobbies. I was determined to play professionally. I tried out for a powerhouse local amateur team and made the cut. I began traveling across the US to compete in national tournaments. At age 17 I joined the Los Angeles Ironmen, the most storied and successful paintball team in history.
Things skyrocketed for me. I began getting paid to travel and compete for the sport I love, just like those figures on the TV I saw years ago. I stamped out my passport by age 23. After bouncing around the globe with a few different paintball teams I'm back home with the Ironmen.
Managing to stay in school while juggling a professional paintball career was my biggest challenge, but I made it work. I graduated from Cal State University San Marcos with a B.A. in Business Management in 2011.
As for fitness, I've always been driven to be in the best physical condition possible for paintball. A couple years ago I decided that I wanted to take my physique to the next level. I knew this would cost sacrifice, dedication and hard work, but I was willing to pay the toll. I gave up drinking and partying with my friends and would spend most my Friday nights educating myself on nutrition/fitness books. After a few months I noticed drastic improvements. One day in the gym a friend proposed the idea of fitness modeling. I started doing small shoots and local physique competitions just for the fun of it. As I continued to place higher in shows and continue to see my physique change my passion for fitness would grow as well. I have met some amazing people in the fitness industry and it has been amazing journey that is just getting started! It has really taught me the value of time, discipline and work ethic.
I'm now a personal trainer, online fitness coach, physique competitor, fitness model and professional paintball athlete. None of this would be possible without the help and support of my friends family and fans.
I owe it all to you.