How did you get started in the world of fitness?
Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be able to dunk a basketball. That drove an interest in sports performance and that interest grew and grew throughout high school and college. All of my internships were sports performance related. Working with the teams and individual athletes at Williams and the strength coach there built upon itself to the point that when I graduated, I knew I wanted to go into sports performance.
When I went to Williams, I thought that I wanted to end up working for a team, but during my freshmen year, I realized that I wanted to run my own gym.
I took a job after graduation at a gym in Connecticut, but the company went out of business right before I was due to start. When that fell through, I moved back home to Wisconsin. I had nothing in front of me and didn’t know what my next step might be. Throughout the time, I’d been talking with Chris Shalvoy ’08 who had hosted me on my recruiting trip at Williams and had been one of my best friends. He was attending law school at Northwestern. Chris told me, ‘why don’t you come to Chicago? There are a lot of gyms here. We can set up some interviews, and you can figure it out from there.’