Paul (left) hiking in Death Valley with some new friends from Switzerland (2018)
From Gym Owner to Minimalist Movement Explorer
After years of internal growth and shifting priorities, I essentially blew up my entire life in 2017 to follow my long-time dream: to live a lifestyle conducive to a “modern day monk” so that I can live, breathe, and share my craft.
After closing my business in Dallas, I spent nearly a year traveling / living in national forests. I loved the lifestyle of living in a van and teaching online, but really missed working with students in-person as well – so I eventually landed in Burbank, CA (which surprised even me!) but felt strongly about sticking with my van.
As of October, 2018, I’ve begun working with students in-person again at McCambridge Park in Burbank. With the amazing SoCal weather and so many places to escape into nature right around the corner, I’m happy to now call this home.
My Teaching Style
I’m not a drill sergeant, nor am I a babysitter. I’m a teacher and a guide. I truly live what I teach. I will guide you through the practices of Mind-Body Mastery, but I also expect you to meet me halfway. As I don’t believe in mindless exercise, I’m going to challenge you to find PURPOSE in the practice.
When you do this, magic happens. Even if you hate exercise now, don’t be surprised if you quickly fall in love with it when you experience a true, holistic practice that improves every aspect of your life.
My Training Philosophy
I teach what I like to call Mind-Body Mastery (MBM). I find that most forms of modern exercise create a huge disconnect, and even direct conflict, between the body & mind. MBM is a highly physical practice that creates incredibly strong & fit bodies, but it isn’t about using your mind to will your body into submission; it’s about using your body to stimulate your mind (and vice versa).
There’s a reason for the “gym bro” stereotype that gets attached to standard gym exercise. This type of dumbed down exercise that isolates body parts and emphasizes aesthetics over function doesn’t stimulate the body OR mind in a holistic way. I spent years doing it myself and always felt like something was missing but didn’t see the obvious answer in front of my face. Movement without purpose is an empty practice.
Humans aren’t the best swimmers, climbers, runners, or jumpers on this planet – but we’re the only animal that can adapt to do any or all of these things (and more) quite well. Our adaptability gave us options and led to the evolution of our minds & bodies to both coordinate such a huge range of possibilities and to use logic & reasoning to decide when and how to use them.
MBM is about getting back in tune with our primal nature. We have to explore more movement possibilities if we want to have a more mindful practice and recapture our humanity. The best part is that it’s actually more FUN to do as well because it’s immensely intuitive and stimulating on many levels.
Experience & Education
Paul has been changing lives as a personal trainer for well over a decade. He worked in big box gyms early in his career, worked as an independent trainer for a few years, opened and ran his own personal training gym in Dallas, TX for 7 years, and then traveled and taught online for a year before coming to Burbank, CA where he now teaches at McCambridge Park.
Paul graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion with a concentration on Performance Enhancement & Injury Prevention from Cal U.
Paul graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fitness & Wellness from Cal U.
Paul is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through NASM – the top certifying body in the fitness industry.
Paul is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through NASM – the top certifying body in the fitness industry.
Paul is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through The Cooper Institute.
Paul is a certified in the Bio-Mechanics of Resistance Training through The Cooper Institute.
Paul is a Level 2 (of 2) Certified Speed Specialist (CSS) through The NASE. This certification is all about building power, explosiveness, speed, agility, and endurance through advanced strength & conditioning.
Paul is also a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through Apex Fitness.
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I strictly limit the number of students I work with in person, so the first step is to do 2 test-drive sessions to make sure we both agree this is the right fit before any money changes hands.