They Told Me It Was "Normal" To Feel Crummy, Tired, And Achy
What a useless story that is. And yet, it's not just me who was told that we should accept aches and pains as a natural part of aging, or that we should stop doing certain activities just because we're a certain age now. There's a good chance you were told that lie somewhere along the way, too.
If you're supposed to expect to feel bad, then why even bother trying to feel good?
At age 20, I started dismantling what I was told to expect from my body, and started building what I wanted for my body.
Nearly twenty years later, I've helped thousands of people do the same - and the tools and resources I make can help you do it, too.
You'll see that all of my blogs and teaching materials center on helping you get relief from your aches so that you can go out and be fully present for every experience in life...
Helping you get strong so that you can feel confident in your body...
Helping you build your unbreakable body so that you can live your very best life.
You see, my dad died when I was 17 and the whole thing was really screwed up. But it taught me something crucial:
To fully live while you are alive means putting yourself in the driver's seat of your life.
It means removing all hurdles that stand in your way of living your very best life.
Physical hurdles like the pain that keeps you from the activities you love.
Mental hurdles like the belief that someone else knows better than you what's right for your body.
And the hurdles that sit deep in your soul - the ones that make your belief in yourself stutter a bit, or that make it feel really hard to be brave enough, or that make you think you'll never get the good stuff.
Through my writing, speaking, teaching, and creating, I teach folks how to remove their hurdles.
And I'm stoked to share this work with you, friend.
Here's my professional bio and down below that, my less professional one:
I’ve been earning a paycheck coaching clients for 19 years now.
I earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Valparaiso University.
I started with the NASM-CPT certification and branched out from there. I am certified as a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) as well as in Functional Range Assessment (FRA).
Amongst the topics I've studied in the last 19 years, the most impactful have been on the nervous system, anthropology, mindfulness, the feet (so much about the feet!), and behavior change.
My first coaching job was in a gym in Northwest Indiana during my college career. They were very nice to let me cut my teeth creating programming and coaching clients there.
After college, I coached in a commercial gym (Lifetime Fitness) for a number of years , working as a trainer, an assistant manager, and finishing off my time there as a department manager.
I then worked in a chiropractor’s office training studio, where I helped his patients to become strong and mobile so that they would actually improve their well-being, instead of always having to come back to the office for treatment.
I then opened a gym in the suburbs of Chicago. That ran incredibly successfully for 4 years before I packed it all up and took everything I do online so that I could move west to the mountains. You'll find all of my work - from free articles to coaching programs - here on this site.
And now the less professional bio...
When I'm not inside working to make articles and trainings, I’m outside working to become a more accomplished outdoorswoman.
In addition to learning skills to live a sustainable life, I climb, hike, camp, hunt, and telemark ski.
It’s not a huge team here at The Unbreakable Body- mostly it’s just me and a few folks who provide part-time assistance to make this whole thing go.
Yes, it was terrifying to pack up a thriving business and essentially start it all over online. No, I won't coach you on how to do it. Mostly because what I did probably isn't what you should do.
My preferred coffee brew methods are french press (excellent sharing portions), aeropress (excellent taste), and moka (excellent speed).
Don't ever tell me I should really try the white wine. I can assure you, I shouldn't. 😉