Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you work out.
I've always been an active and athletic person. Throughout my life I feel I've played every sport, and yet physically I am always trying to do more. We moved to Colorado in 2003 to be not only closer to nature but also to surround ourselves more with other active people. As I've gotten older and with pesky work stuff and desk time getting in the way, I found my fitness was slipping, resulting in my fitness regime consisting of more weekend warrior activities than everyday warrior activities. As a result, I found myself injured more often to the point of a few chronic injury conditions brewing up. I work out to regain and retain all I can of my youth, since the more I play the happier I am.
Why do you enjoy coming to Dogma and how has it helped you?
Where do I begin? Over the years, I've had to manage a bad knee from a injury when I was quite young. I've had several corrective and reconstructive surgeries to remedy the issues. A successful surgery in 2015 had me pain free after decades of issues. Unfortunately, my weekend warrior status struck back again in January of 2017, causing yet another injury to the same knee. I found myself staring at several medical opinions from orthopedists that my active pursuits were nearing a close. I was told by doctors to "find a way to manage the pain" and that "you need a knee replacement". This was absolutely soul crushing for me to hear this, since I'm all of 43 years old. What it really did is make me angry. I decided that I was going to make my focus on proving the orthopedists wrong, with the first step of finding someone who can help me correct issues without the need of a knife or worse. I reached out to Rod Connolly and Bryan Maroney at Dogma, who both took the time to hear my situation and who truly believed Dogma could help me out. I simply cannot say enough great things about Bryan. Together, we have created a hybrid process consisting of equal parts therapy and training by doing things like combining knee stabilization exercises with core and upper body movements in one fluid (the goal anyways) movement. Bryan has acted with incredible compassion, helping me throughout this rebuilding process, teaching me proper technique, and keeping things positive. He just has a keen sense of what's bugging me on a given day and knows when to shift the focus rather than force us through it. Yet, most importantly, Bryan gets me and my overly inquisitive personality to explain "why" we are doing what we are doing and how the body works.
Today, my work with Dogma in conjunction with some regenerative procedures, I can say that I'm feeling pretty darn good. My knee is feeling quite good to the point where I don't notice it.
What are your current gym goals and future goals?
I want to keep getting stronger and fully functional to get me back to my previous lifestyle.
What is your favorite type of music to listen to when working out?
I listen to a variety of upbeat music but… as weird as it sounds, I also listen to audiobooks and podcasts a ton while I work out. I can’t explain why other than to say that consistency of the tempo actually works well for me. I’ve completed many a good book or podcast while working out.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My biggest motivator these days is to be healthy and strong enough to go on an epic surf trip. So, to that end I’ll just say anywhere with warm water and great waves.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?
Hmmm, I have too many interests to have just one favorite. Therefore, if I were to draw up my ideal active life, it would be one of perpetual motion with my family, traveling to do camping, whitewater kayaking, surfing, mountain biking, and golfing.