WHY DID YOU GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?
Started training a few friends and family members, wasn’t enjoying the office job that I had and it took off from there.. Down at the local footy oval
Working with MY old man – accounting, invoicing and financials.. Very uninspiring. Security surveillance company. Just wasn’t me.
IF YOU WEREN’T A GRIPT COACH?
Working in property.
GROWING UP WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE?
A sport star.. at first ball and the football. Also got to state championing in swimming and competed at nationals 50m free.
HOW DID YOU COME ACROSS GRIPT?
Through mutual friend Sam Wood, I was introduced to Jack and Drew at the end of 2014. We had a face to face meeting which turned into a training session and the rest is history
WHAT DID YOU FIND WHEN YOU CAME TO GRIPT?
Broadened my aspect on what professionalism and knowledge was required to fulfil the role to take the next step as a complete coach
WHAT IS IT YOU ENJOY ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
The role is rewarding seeing clients achieve a sense of accomplishment. Passing on knowledge to allow them to achieve the results they want to achieve.
HOW HAVE YOU PERSONALLY DEVELOPED IN THE LAST 3 YEARS?
Constant personal development from Jack and Drew with their different approach, experience and knowledge and then implementing it myself and expanding into my own studies.. Which gives me the ability to pass on the knowledge
WHAT DO YOU PUT ACHIEVING RESULTS DOWN TO?
Consistency, improved knowledge, work ethic, living the lifestyle.
FAVOURITE TRAVEL SPOT?
Recently travelled to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with my partner Millie
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR YOU?
Collaborating with the GRIPT boys in 2018 and opening my own studio.
Growing up – sorry to name and shame, you Mum! – but she would say, “You have more ability in your little finger than most people have in their whole body”. Call me cocky, but Mum was right. Generally speaking, anything involving a ball or coordination came very naturally to me. In a sense, that summarises my visual learning style throughout my career in the fitness industry. If I see something once or twice, I put it into practice straight away, play with the variables, and decide what works best for each intention. I always encourage clients and my associates to be curious and experiment with different techniques and variables hence my belief applied knowledge trumps theory.
The dream was always to play professional sport for a living – firstly chasing cricket and secondly football. Confidence in my natural ability lead me to believe that these dreams were going to just happen…but, guess what? They didn’t. This had nothing to do with not having the ‘ability’ or enough ‘talent’ to make it happen but I just didn’t have the work ethic to match. My emotional maturity was not developed enough to handle the expectations others had on me to perform, let alone the pressure placed upon myself and my own personal expectations to excel every lunch-time, every training session, and every game. To say I didn’t work hard at my craft would not be fair. However to say I was dedicated, grind and hustled to leave no stone unturned would simply be a lie.
In the end of this chapter, it was like standing in the middle of a shopping mall with no clothes on in freezing cold weather (use your imagination) and with absolutely no idea where the exit is. It’s fair to say, I felt ashamed, I felt like a failure, I felt I felt like a failure, I felt embarrassed, I felt angry about it and, to this day still, it burns me up inside and pisses me off that I wasted what could have been an unbelievable opportunity.
It took a while to see this but mindset is a choice. I could sit in my own filth and tell myself the world’s against me – but this is bull shit. Sure, I might be better than half those blokes playing at the elite level and still be miserable forever about it. Still, when one door closes, another opens. My failures have taught me a pretty valuable lesson. The more time I spend sooking about my failures, the less time I’m spending being productive and executing something else. So, in the words of Snoop Dogg, drop it like it’s hot, move forward and stop stressing the dumb little shit, day in, day out, because I am playing in the big game and that was just a bad quarter.
The concept of facing a reality that looked like 9-5 work days for someone else at a desk is a nightmare to me. I couldn’t do it, I’d rip my hair out and be fired before lunch-time on my first day. I had been personal training for a few years, I was good at it, I learned from my mistakes and failures, accepted them as my wrong moves and made a decision to bet on my strengths and create something in an opportunity I couldn’t see before because I was focused on my failures. I understand now that it’s my failures that motivate me from underneath, knowing how much it sucks to not get something you wanted so bad.
I believe in my purpose.
I am lucky to have DNA that permits confidence and ability.
But now I also have the missing pieces.
Hustle and hard work.
GRIPT was born.