Trained by Rachel Schneider
What’s your occupation?
Certified Public Accountant and Management Consultant
Who’s your favorite superhero?
Harley Quinn
What’s your favorite food?
Thai cuisine
What are your goals?
Personal goal: Approach life with mindfulness and intention; treat others with dignity, respect, and honesty; be the best son, brother, and friend I can be
Training goal: Build a balanced fitness routine to support my yoga practice
Fun goal: Visit Canada as often as possible
What’s kept you motivated?
For better or worse, I’m never content with where I am in life. I’m always finding new things to work on and ways to improve as a person. Discipline has never really been an issue for me. What has been an issue for me is not recognizing early on when I need to change course. What keeps me motivated now is the desire to be more aware of my present situation and make the changes necessary to continuously improve going forward – without dwelling on the past.
What do you like to do outside of the gym?
Exploring new places, hiking, reading, styling and caring for my Bonsai trees, practicing yoga
What’s the greatest fitness challenge you’ve faced so far?
My great fitness challenge was actually a mental challenge. I did not recognize – or perhaps did not want to admit – that my focus on cardio and strength training was inadequate to achieve the state of fitness I desired. Once I accepted that, I went about learning what I had been lacking. The truth is, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I knew I needed to gain mobility and flexibility. What I didn’t know was that I could achieve that – and much more – from a yoga practice. My personal trainer is responsible for enlightening me and showing me the way forward.
What’s your biggest fitness accomplishment since you started training?
It would be easy to say that my biggest accomplishment has been learning the yoga poses and getting better at them each session. However, that would be too simplistic. In fact, my greatest accomplishment has been learning to be more mindful and present during our sessions, while allowing myself to make mistakes, learn from them, and move forward – and maybe laugh at myself along the way.
What’s your favorite movement or exercise?
Favorite exercise: My yoga practice
Favorite series of poses: Sun Salutation
Favorite pose: Warrior 2.
Why Warrior 2? A brilliant yogi recently told me…”The hand in the back is the past. The hand in the front is the future. Don’t look to the past…gaze into the future.” I never understood until now that a yoga pose could translate so precisely and completely into a positive approach to life – one by which we learn to forgive ourselves for our past mistakes and focus on a future of optimism and gratitude.
What music do you like to train to?
Yoga practice: My personal trainer’s current playlist and Sol Rising
Cardio and strength training: 1990s and 2000s alternative rock
Brain training: Classical
What advice would you give to new gym goers or yourself?
The times in my life when I’ve felt best about my fitness were when I was able to exercise more days in a week than not. A gym membership – and a personal trainer – can help tremendously with this. It’s always good to have an exercise regimen that you can do at home. However, some people – like me – might find that going to a destination – like a gym – on a regular schedule provides a more disciplined approach. There can be so many distractions at home, whereas the gym offers a place to go where the distractions are fewer and the exercise options are greater – and a personal trainer can inspire, motivate, and hold you accountable.
What advice would you give yourself when you first started?
You might have no idea of where you want to be and what you need to do to get there. In fact, what you think you know may not at all be what is best to get you there. Make your mind an empty whiteboard. Erase from the whiteboard all of those preconceived notions you have and open up to your personal trainer about where you want to be and why. Then, listen. She will have questions. Answer them honestly and thoughtfully. Then, listen. She is the expert. That’s why you asked for her help. She will guide you. Do your best to follow her guidance. Some things you will get right and others you will not. Do your best every day. She will let you know how you are doing. So, listen and remember – she will always act in your best interest. She wants you to succeed.
What do you think of your personal trainer here at Boom?
I give myself credit for only one thing – that I made the decision to reach out to Rachel for help. Everything I have achieved from that point forward – whether it be developing my yoga practice, learning to be more present and mindful, or improving my physical fitness – is the result of Rachel’s commitment to my well-being. I could not be more grateful for all she is doing on my behalf. Thank you, Rachel.