• Welcome

    Physical Culture

    Mindfulness

    Emotional Intelligence

     

    "There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy." - Nietzsche

  • 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.

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    Interested in coaching? No worries - there is no sales pitch. Let's see if we are a good match and that you feel safe working with me.

  • BLOG

  • Mindful and Emotionally- INtelligent Training

    What I offer is a nurturing space for you to make "happy accidents" and learn to trust your body again. I can help you develop the natural strength of your mind, body, and heart. The potent combination of a strong spine, clear mind, and open heart is what leads to lasting change -

     

    This is the Art of Self-Alignment.

     

    The term "Personal Trainer" can give people anxiety. You will not find "Biggest Loser" or 30-Day challenges here. No strict meal plans or macro-counting. No "muscle armoring" and ego boosting. No 100% commitment. No bone-crushing and painful workouts. No shame and guilt-based tactics. None of the ineffective methods that the current Fitness Paradigm promotes.

     

    If you are like me, you were taught to obey the brain and deny the natural impulses of the BODY. Maybe you were taught that it's bad to fidget in class. Or you were not shown how to meet your Hierarchy of Needs. And you may have experienced some body-shaming and have anxiety around that. And there are many who have had negative experiences with personal training, the "fitness world", or dieting/nutrition. Something needs to shift internally and you can sense it. You are ready for something different:

     

    You are ready for Mindful Fitness.

     

    You will build a body that is strong enough to support your dreams. You will build a mindset that is clear even under stress. You will act with integrity and feel right in your decisions. You will begin to understand the natural signals your body knew fluently as a child. I will teach you to hone your Jedi instincts and Ninja reflexes. You will learn why pain is your best friend and what exactly it is telling you. You will learn how to handle physical discomfort in healthy doses. You will approach nutrition with a new confidence that works just for you. You will align with your innate powers safely, effectively, and for the long term.

     

    I am here to combine the wisdom of CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, Personal Training, and Mindfulness for your benefit. 

     

    I use this knowledge that I have been given responsibly to transform your self-image and actualize your potential. This is for the people who want to change from the inside-out. Together we will learn side-by-side and rebuild a healthier you to show up to the world.

     

    Strong Spine, Clear Mind, Open Heart.

     

  • Services

    Serving clients at the Eleiko Certified Facility: SPS Gym (Oakland, CA)

    Individual Coaching

    • $110/60-minute single session
    • $630 (6-sessions)
    • $995 (10-sessions)

    I teach you how to be your own coach. I want you to outgrow me and go back into the world. Think of it like a college education - the skills you learn in ONE session can last weeks or months. Read what makes my approach different from clients on Yelp.

    Small-Group Coaching

    Considering training in a group environment? I teach Olympic-weightlifting, Powerlifting, and CrossFit to small groups at SPS Gym. Come join the gym that is creating the "New Normal" in the Fitness World!

    Education & Workshops

    Please email about Workshop Rates.

    I keep my workshops under 6-hours to prevent "saturation" and don't teach much theory. I like to focus on the practical application and give you the most bang for your buck. You can learn about the "science-y" stuff on your own if you're curious.

    Online Coaching

    Please email about Online Coaching Rates.

    Online coaching works great if you have a place to practice and SOME training experience. I would encourage raw beginners to work with a coach in person though.

  • About Me 

    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.

     

    Professional Experience

     

    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.

     

    Experiences of interest:

     

    Interested in coaching? Please fill out the Application Form to see if I am the right kind of coach for you.

     

     

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