As a dysfunctional 12-year-old, I needed to overcome my obesity. Lifting transformed my life physically and mentally. So I have been lifting for over 43 consecutive years, 100% natural. And, I lift almost every day. It’s part of who I am and it will always be, but it doesn’t define me.
At 18, I started my policing career. A few years later, I became a SWAT team officer and then at the age of 26, a detective. At the same age, I accepted the head football coach position at a high school, a decision that began a lengthy volunteer coaching career. My SWAT No-Huddle Offense and Defense manuals, explain the systems I’ve created and refined throughout 40 seasons of coaching football at the high school, college and semi-pro levels.
After 15 years, I left policing and began my career teaching law enforcement at the local college. During the next 20 years, I became a bestselling academic author, writing 6 law enforcement textbooks that are still used in colleges throughout Ontario. Also during that time, I earned a Master degree, an undergraduate degree, and my Level 3 NCCP Coaching certification.
In 2001, my 24-hour gym called X Fitness Welland Inc. was opened to the public. The gym continues to enjoy success in its second decade of operations. eXplode: The X Fitness Training System, is a book I wrote that explains my workout system, based on 40+ years of lifting.
Next, I moved from teaching to motivational writer in 2010, and wrote my first book, Soul of a Lifter. Since then, I’ve added several books expanding my topics. Blunt Talk is the name of a series I’m writing dealing with everything from fat loss to interrogation. Soul of an Entrepreneur is a series written to enlighten business owners–current and potential. In the series, 4th and Hell, I tell “David vs Goliath” true tales about my Canadian club football team playing in the United States.When my first granddaughter was born, I wrote, Beauty of a Dream and the following year, I wrote Mondo piu Bello to commemorate the birth of her cousin.
We all have a potential soul of a lifter. This is why I am motivated to write and teach. We are called to lift for life. We can lift ourselves. We can lift others. Keep lifting.
Blessings and all good things.