I have had the privilege of playing professional rugby for over 10 years, which has played a pretty big part in shaping me into the person I am today. The combination of studying at Otago Uni and being trained by some of the best trainers in New Zealand and abroad has given me great insight into effective training systems.
As well as understanding how the human body functions, of equal importance is the mental training which I have undergone and fine-tuned personally, adapting to injury and staying motivated and focused when things aren’t quite going the way you want.
Although professional rugby has been a big part of my life, gymnastics was my main sport until the age of 15. I believe the functional strength and skills I gained as a child has helped immensely in avoiding major injuries throughout my sporting career. This has also been a major influence in my training philosophy, which is that exercise should primarily revolve around functional movements that benefit day to day activities and which are enjoyable. I have also developed a passion for trail running.
Life isn’t all about sport and training others. The most important part of who I am comes down to this. I’m a family man; there is always time in my days to chase my daughters around the back yard, teach them how to roly-poly and enjoy my wife’s great cooking.