I fell in love with fitness and personal training after college, well, after what I call college.
I actually am a college drop out. I went to college for about a year and after that I decided not to continue with school. The biggest reason for this was that my life was football, I lived and breathed it, it was all I cared about. During my freshman year of college I suffered a career ending injury playing football and needed my 4th shoulder surgery. After surgery I fell into a depression and was in a pretty dark place for a couple years.
Fitness actually helped me to get back on track and get back to doing what I loved. It truly saved my life. I started training friends and family and just fell in love with the ability to coach people and help them achieve what they didn’t think they could on their own.
Fast forward a few years and after gym hopping a bit as a personal trainer, I decided I wanted to own my own gym. This led me to getting in touch with a new kickboxing gym that began franchising, and I jumped on board. In April of 2013 I opened my first gym and just a little over a year after that I opened my second location, in June of 2014.
I absolutely fell in love with running my own businesses and creating these gym “communities" at each location.
I am very grateful to have been able to have this opportunity because it had taught me a lot about business and a lot about myself as well. Over the five years of owning both gyms, I had ups and downs as a business, like any entrepreneur knows too well. However, I wouldn’t trade those years for anything, they taught me so much.
Shortly after five years of owning my two gyms, I decided to sell the businesses.
Long story short, I went through a pretty rough divorce and my mind went away from business. I knew the best thing for me to do was to let them go so I could regather my life, I knew I had a lot I needed to overcome.
Throughout the year after selling my gyms I have now moved to Austin, Texas, and I am getting ready to launch my new brand, SWAY Boxing Studio
. I’ve partnered up with a former member of my gym, Otto Ohlsson, and we’ve flown across the country to try every gym we could. I can’t wait to get open in the city of Austin and begin this new chapter of my life. It has been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears getting to this point, but it is worth every single moment.