My name is Brandon and I help people trust their bodies again.
I want to show you how I went from a stress-junkie that smoked a pack-a-day to living confidently in my body.
I teach an intuitive/heart-based approach to physical movement that still works with science.
I can teach you how to turn your suffering into a transformation of the mind, body, and heart.
I keep it simple by using little/no equipment; just your body, a barbell, and a rubber ball.
I have a body-positive philosophy that welcomes people of all shapes, sizes, and ages. We all deserve to feel good in our own bodies.
You can read the details about my story here.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
- Pablo Picasso
The Force Will Be With You, Always.
I work great with non-gym folk and beginners to meet their bodies again. I know what it's like to desperately need help and not know who to trust.
I grew up the "asthma kid who was allergic to everything" and got picked last for sports. This made me stop trusting my body from a young age. Living in my head, I became bookish and gravitated to Philosophy and building race-cars. They were comfortable activities that didn't require my body. I was deeply insecure about my lack of athleticism and skinny-fat build. And I had also picked up the habit of smoking cigarettes.
After a break-up in my early 20's, I promptly decided that getting in shape would solve all my problems. I quickly learned about the shame and guilt-based tactics the Fitness Industry. I was not interested in the "Muscle Armor" culture of Bodybuilders either. I wanted to have Ninja Reflexes and a body made of steel cables.
I got into Parkour but quickly realized I lacked the necessary strength and flexibility. My skills as a mechanic helped me dissect complex ideas and helped get me started in Fitness. I began reading about CrossFit in 2009 and began dabbling. Around the same time, I got laid off and had trouble finding a "regular job".
Little did I know that the Universe was throwing me onto my REAL path.
In 2010, I began a CrossFit Internship at MDSF with Saul Jimenez. He took me under his wing and prepared me to become a Fitness Professional. Over the next four years I would be groomed into a Health & Wellness Coach for Equinox Fitness, while competing and coaching in the sport of Olympic weightlifting. My mind and body were strong and sharp. I had quickly grown into a pillar of my community as the "Fitness Guru". But all my strength training could not prepare me for the biggest event of all - heartbreak.
In 2013, another break-up would wake up the most critical element of all - HEART. I began questioning the meaning of everything in my life. To document the journey, my best friend Tony and I started a podcast called BATPOS to talk through the changes. I tried almost everything I could get my hands on in the self-help realm - Shamanic Journeying, Yoga, Sensory Deprivation Tanks, Eco-depth Psychology, and Tantric Sex workshops. You name it and I probably tried it. But the one thing that I tried that allowed me access to my inner wisdom was the magic fungi known as Psilocybin.
Opening myself to plant-based medicines or "psychedelics" was the best decision I ever made. Entheogens (MDMA) and Psychedelics (Psilocybin) profoundly altered how I perceived the pain of grief, shame, and anger from my childhood. I began to understand my fears and traumas were opportunities for growing a mature male ego. I saw the root of my suffering and how I could transform it into positive events in reality. I began to see that physical fitness was just the preparation for me to fully accept and use my emotions as assets.
I originally set out looking for an emotionally intelligent coach to guide me. And the irony was that I had to BECOME the very coach that I needed as a teenager. Now I have evolved into an emotionally intelligent Strength coach. Many that have worked with me call me a "life-coach", although I'm still not sure what that means...
Since then my entire orientation of life has become a "heart-centered approach". I listen to my clients deeper and have compassion for their mental, physical, and emotional pain. I let them discover solutions and support autonomy, mastery, and building community. And this method of training based in TRUSTING THE BODY produces lasting results every session. I combine my unique experience, a zero-pressure training philosophy, and emotional intelligence to create a fun and educational training environment.
I currently teach Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and CrossFit to individuals and small-groups at Speed Power Strength in Oakland, CA.
I studied Philosophy at UC Riverside and have certifications through the following fitness entities: NSCA-CSCS, USA Weightlifting Level 2, FMS-1, Precision Nutrition, Trigger Point Performance, and can work with Pre/Post-Natal women.
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