Our time here is rather short, so we have to make the most of it. The goal is always to Compete Every Day to give the most of myself I can back to this fragile world.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a 35-year old single dad above all else. I also am a business owner and in my final year of law school, thus I have a slightly chaotic lifestyle. Training is the mental and physical outlet that gets me through so many of the difficulties that come my way. I lost my brother at 20 years old (his 15-year anniversary is approaching), and even on my most downtrodden of days, I remind myself of the hustle and grind I need to give to provide for my son and to honor my brother’s legacy. Compete Every Day products make for the perfect reminders.
2. What’s a typical day look like for you?
As mentioned, being a dad/business owner/law student, time is a rare luxury. I am up early in the morning to hang with my son (I’d prefer a bit more sleep, but at 2 years old, he feels otherwise), then do school drop-off. From there it’s straight to my home gym or local box to train. Thereafter, the day typically incorporates some combination of conference calls, putting out work fires, squeezing in homework/study time and class. Then it’s dad duties once again, meal prep for the next day and try to get to bed at a reasonable hour (usually not possible).
3. What’s one goal you’re currently training to accomplish this year?
Training is my outlet. It is where I channel all of the demons I need to exercise for the respective day, so that I may remain focused on the tasks I need to accomplish. I’ve had some set backs this year in the form of injuries that really impeded upon my ideal training goals.
However, I have teamed up with some great names in the industry to help design a rehab-focused training regimen the has de-emphasized WOD-based training, and instead, has narrowed in on specific injury repair and strengthening through stabilized and controlled movements. As I said, it’s taken some adaption on my behalf, but my goal is to remain consistent in this current modality so that, sometime in early this year, I may return to the WOD’s that we all love to hate!
4. What’s one life goal you’re currently pursuing outside of fitness?
Since having my son, my priorities and perspectives in life changed dramatically. Time with him takes precedent over all else, but this was not always the case. Working 18-hour days to build out my business, and spending countless hours in the library to prepare for exams were the norm.
Now, while those things may still be required from time to time, my goal is to continually remind myself that, at the end of the day, whether I crushed that exam or it crushed me, it doesn’t matter all that much. The moments with my son, my pup, and my crazy Italian-Cuban family are what really matters. My aim is to remain grounded and humble, and to recognize when I get that mentality.
5. What does it mean to you to Compete Every Day?
I fell in love with the brand because we truly all are in a competition for our own lives daily. I’ve seen so many people around me lose their life too early and, as the saying goes, you just never know. Our time here is rather short, so we have to make the most of it. The goal is always to Compete Every Day to give the most of myself I can back to this fragile world.
6. What is one obstacle you’re proud you’ve overcome?
As stated, the loss of my brother was a life-shattering event. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, miss him, or have some outpouring of emotion due to the loss. However, I’ve been blessed to be surrounded with incredible family and friends whom have literally lifted me off the ground and forced me to keep going.
As I’ve grown over the years and become a father, I realize now that I do have a purpose here…whereas, after the loss of my brother, I questioned that belief. I also suffer from anxiety and depression, and for those whom it truly is a daily struggle… but the ability to take each day, one at a time, is an accomplishment for people like me who suffer from these afflictions.
Again, Compete Every Day has given me inspiration far beyond some rather good-looking apparel!
7. What/who do you compete for?
My son. My brother. My parents and family. I give my all for them.
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