About the Founder.

35lb kettlebell spinning on palm during juggling

Many of my earliest memories are with my Dad in the forest hills of southern Indiana lifting rocks and logs, running, climbing, walking across valleys on logs and whatever else looked fun in the moment. I would take strong sticks home and tie my Mom’s dumbbells to them with her ankle weights, making a barbell for pressing, rowing etc. In 7th grade, my Mom got me a personal trainer. He was a friend of hers that owned a gym downtown Shelbyville.

At age 19, I started jujitsu. At age 20, I became a personal trainer. 2 years later I was working at a successful training studio and became disenchanted with what I thought at the time was required for that success.  The mainstream approach to fitness does not get optimal results and I could no longer be a part of that.  I quit the business and just trained friends for free and made my money selling lawn care.

Not much changed in my training until 2010 when I pulled a book off the library shelf called The Russian Kettlebell Challenge, by Pavel Tsatsouline. I’d never seen a kettlebell in person before, but I checked out the book and found a kettlebell at the used sporting goods store. I bought the 53lb kbell and started working on this method. I knew if I was going to get back into training professionally, it would only be with Pavel’s (very challenging) certification. That became a reality in May 2015.  I trained individuals and groups at a few gyms from that time, including teaching workshops that other trainers attend.  In April 2019 I decided to open a gym in Broad Ripple, partnering with Valery Fedorenko.

I still study many methods of training, and have made my own style. My goal is to show other people their strength, and help them develop the foundation for creating their own way of fitness.