What have you accomplished in your life that you're most proud of?
-Anyone that knows me knows that I never stop talking about my two sons. They are outstanding young men and I am super proud of them
If you could take 3 months off and do whatever you wanted, what would that time look like?
-It would probably look like last years shutdown, but without the threat of losing my life’s work! I would get my eight hours, workout at Trak, ride my bike every day, and cook delicious food in the smoker or on the grill
How did you feel before you found TrAk?
-I was on a slow, gradual decline. Each race was getting slower. I just felt old.
How do you feel now? I feel stronger, healthier, and younger. I am impressed and astounded at what I have been able to achieve in the gym!
How has TrAk changed your everyday life?
-It has given me a foundation on which to base the habits of my life. I eat better because I don’t want to waste my effort. I get my work, water and sleep in. I had fallen into the “habit” of drinking a glass of wine every single night. After a talk with James, I decided to break that habit. I have had three glasses in the last month.
Goals...personal, professional, family?
-Personally, I am excited to see my boys fly. I can’t wait to see what they become, and I will give them every opportunity and gift that I can. I want to give my wife her best life. From a sports standpoint, I want to get back under 24 minutes for a 5k, under 1:55 for a half, and back on the podium for a sprint. Professionally, I take great pride in an “old fashioned” shoe store that continues to kick butt in the Amazon era.
If you were in a band what existing band/group do you see yourself in?
-I love the mix of band instruments and rock and roll. It would be cool to play the keyboards on Rockin at Midnight by the Honeydrippers.
Best place to travel that you've ever been?
-I have been to Paris, I have been to Milan for work, but my faves are trips in the USA that involve food and history. Memphis, Savannah, Tucson, etc.. I love food tours, ghost tours, and the history of normal people.
What do your kids remind you that’s ok to do?
-It is ok to be unsure. It is ok to hear a conflicting viewpoint and really try to understand the other persons point of view. It is ok to include others that think or feel a different way than you do.
What personal failure has helped lead to your ultimate success?
-The toughest person to forgive is yourself. I have failed many times as a boss, dad, husband, son and human being. You can’t move forward if you are looking back. Failure is a great teacher is you are willing to accept its lessons.
What’s the craziest thing you've seen in the gym?
-One day I was pretty early to the 430 back room session and I walked in on LBR in full focused 100% rampaging beast mode. It was truly awesome to see. She was killing it!!!
What three people [living or dead] would you go camping with next weekend?
-There are a few people in my life that were gone before I really got to know them and understand who they were. Sandy Smith from Lucky Shoes, my Grandpa Milton Luck, and my Great Uncle Bud (who is being characterized in “The Courier”) would all have good lessons to teach
Which sport/activity would you love to do, but are afraid to do?
-I would love to be able to play soccer and team handball again, but I am too old and brittle
Funniest things you've seen your kid do?
-It is pretty funny when they try to teach me some new technology. They are nurturing and incredibly sarcastic at the same time
-Two? Remember the Titans and The Last Samurai
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
-You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in the correct ratio
At what age were you in the best shape of your life?
-26 years old, indoor soccer season. It really sucked to be on the other team when I was 24-28
Words to live by or favorite quote?
-“Do it because it is the right thing to do”
What adventure do you plan to have in the future?
-I am really looking forward to marching band season at the College of Wooster and Baldwin Wallace.
Favorite book and why?
-I love historical fiction. I have read the Outlander series at least three times through, and I am looking forward to the next book coming out
Something interesting we don't know about you?
I shared a lot in this questionnaire. If I don’t know you well, I am pretty quiet. Once I know you I never shut up.
What do you like most about being apart of the TrAk Family?
-I have been to many gyms, I have done many programs. I have had many trainers. There is just a community feeling at TrAk that you don’t get elsewhere. A feeling that everyone is on the same team, and interested in the success of everyone on the team. I only spend two hours per week at TrAk, but those two hours influence the rest of my life
Biggest accomplishment at the gym?
-Adding 50 lbs to my bench press in less than a year is pretty cool