St. Louis, MO

My journey in the world of fitness began at the tender age of 11-12, and from that point forward, I've been an athlete at heart. A football scholarship to Arkansas State University in 2007 marked a significant chapter in my life, but alas, a neck injury abruptly ended my football career. I vividly remember that moment of truth, standing in front of my dorm, making a heart-wrenching call to my father, tearfully announcing the end of my football dreams.

This pivotal event triggered a series of challenges, thrusting me into a world of depression and a prolonged identity crisis. Little did I realize, my struggles were a breeding ground for an insidious addiction that would later grip me—alcohol. It took years, a journey that led me to rehab, to identify and confront this demon.

Alcohol became my solace, a temporary escape from the pain of losing the sport I poured my heart into. Despite intermittent periods of sobriety, I was ensnared in a cycle of drinking, making excuses, and failing to achieve the health and body goals I aspired to. It wasn't until a chance encounter with my coach at the gym that I glimpsed a potential lifeline—bodybuilding.

With a commitment to transform my life, I embraced the bodybuilding journey while still wrestling with the clutches of alcohol. The results were promising, but my progress was hindered by the impact of alcohol on my metabolism. Concurrently, I grappled with the recent loss of my father, a tragedy that sent me spiraling into a dark abyss.

Amid the turmoil, a moment of clarity struck. Recognizing the toll on my mental and physical well-being, I summoned the strength to confront my demons and seek help. A year and three months into my journey, I emerged victorious over alcohol, transforming my life in unimaginable ways.

In 2023, I achieved the remarkable feat of becoming a Pro Bodybuilder in two divisions, clinching victories in three out of four shows. Certified as a Personal Trainer, I've embarked on a new chapter, running my training business. My story isn't just about overcoming addiction; it's about using fitness as a catalyst for personal and professional triumph.

I've become a source of motivation and inspiration, not only through my fitness journey but by sharing the tale of facing adversity head-on. My mission is to encourage others to find faith, trust in God, dig deeper, discover their 'why,' and face the challenges ahead with heads held high. After all, every journey, no matter how challenging, has the potential to transform into a testament of resilience, strength, and unwavering determination.

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