Growing up I was always fascinated with being muscular and powerful. Once I realized that weight training was the way to achieve both of these I began training at home. By my late teens I had built my body and strength to a very high level. I was asked to join the Irish power-lifting team where with proper guidance my strength sky rocketed. I won every contest I ever entered, including the Overall World Teenage Title at age 19 followed by the European 198lb Class Title the next year. I broke numerous records; I always excelled in the dead-lift portion of the contests and set a world record at 19 years old and 198lbs with a 732lb lift. Age 21 I decided to head to America and attended Winthrop University where I graduated with a degree in psychology. The knowledge I gained with this degree has given me great insight into various personality types and my clients will often say that I know them better than they know themselves at times.
I began training for bodybuilding during my 4 years at Winthrop and competed successfully while completing my degree. I went skiing in Switzerland after graduation and changed my life forever. I ended up breaking my spine in 5 places and lost two disks. My back needed metal
supports to be inserted into my spine and two extensive 4 hour operations to correct the damage. This did not, however, deter me; I was determined not to allow this injury to stop my training goals! From the moment I was able to walk again, I spent my time researching how to rehabilitate from this injury. I had no physical therapy of any kind, but with commitment, dedication and discipline I built my body back up. Today I am completely pain free and still capable of dead-lifting 700lb. After spending a year in Switzerland recovering, I moved to North Carolina where I bought a small hardcore gym that was at the time losing a lot of money. The gym was turned around and became a success again with the help of my wife and our total dedication to this goal. Today I spend my days training clients both in person and online while still successfully competing in bodybuilding. Although winning contests brings me enjoyment, nothing brings me as much satisfaction and joy as seeing a client fulfill their potential! Much like the satisfaction I get when I accomplish my own goals, I take pride in helping my clients mentally and physically improve and reach the goals they have set for themselves.
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be more muscular and look more athletic. I played sports growing up until I reached high school then I went a different direction…a bad direction of a whole lot of partying!! I remember always wanting to work out; I would often look at the magazines thinking that gaining muscle and getting in better shape was something I still really wanted to do even into my early adult years. One quality I’ve always had was a willingness to work and an understanding that anything I really wanted in life I was going to have to work for. When I was 26 I finally joined a gym and got to it.
Not only did I get bitten by the bug and compete within a year and a half but training also motivated me to make a career change. I started working at a local GNC store and gave up all the manual labor jobs I had been doing. This way of life led me into a very fruitful career. Following the GNC store, I moved from Virginia to North Carolina and became a sales rep for Europa Sports Products (the largest distributor of nutritional products in the USA). From there, I had the pleasure of working for ISS Research / OhYeah! Nutrition for 12 years followed by the beast that is BPI Sports as the Corporate Sales Manager for the last 4 years. All of these jobs, which were some of the very best in the industry, kept me very involved with every aspect of the muscle and fitness world. I have been fortunate enough to gain valuable friendships with some of the most influential people and athletes within the industry. All the while training, healthy living and eating has always remained a huge part of my life. In the last 20 years I have competed a dozen times personally and helped 200+ athletes achieve their best condition, whether on the stage or just as a personal goal. I have helped athletes at all levels, both amateurs and pros.Much of what I know I have learned from some of the very best coaches (in my opinion) over the years while they helped me for shows. My principles and philosophies were formed through the practical application of those experiences, and coupled with my partner Cornelius’ training and nutrition philosophies, we formed DECON Nutrition and Training. I have made a full time commitment to this and am now able to pursue my passion of helping others achieve their goal! I want to help unlock the secret within you!