Normally, I’d stand up and reach out to shake your hand while introducing myself as Gavin; so let’s pretend I did that.

I learned that early on from a hockey coach and never let it go.

Let me give you some of the important stuff up front.

First, I’m super tall. It surprises most people and I get some sort of a gasp or shocked look when I first stand up. I’m going to be honest; I don’t like that reaction.

Second, I’m a hockey guy, through and through. If you could transplant me into my “happy place” it would be the locker room with the boys after a big win. Nothing better than having a couple adult beverages and basking in the glory of a hard-fought win.

Third, I’m a nerd at heart. Full disclosure, this didn’t always bode well for me in the hockey world (or in getting girls, for that matter). When I met my girlfriend and later told her that I won the University Gold Medal for top GPA when I graduated, she couldn’t believe it.

That’s because I had learned by then that girls didn’t like the nerdy guy, so I stopped acting like it. I’m so happy she knows me now and I can be my true, nerdy self.

I am an intellect, a student in the game of life and always striving for more.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I’m also a trainer. I love helping people do things they never thought were possible.

This is a career I NEVER thought I would have chosen when I was younger.

I grew up as the skinny kid. I was just as insecure about my body as most people looking to lose weight. I was teased, laughed-at and bullied.

Even as a junior hockey player with trainers and strength coaches around all the time, I had no idea what I was doing. I was lost, weak and had zero self-confidence.

When I started university, I had the book smarts and excelled at science courses. The human body intrigued me and I started working out with a little more intent.

It was during university that I stopped playing hockey seriously for the first time in about 15 years. This was a major transition for me mentally and physically. I now had a lot of extra time and no real reason to train.

I was forced to shift my mindset from working out for performance benefits to training for myself. I went from wanting to perform better, to wanting to look and feel better. And my training absolutely took off.

Once I found that internal drive to get to the gym, I never looked back. I knew exactly what I wanted and I went after it with abandon. I used my educational background to program safely and clear up some of my old hockey injuries and my body felt better than it ever did when I was a so-called elite athlete.

Now, I am a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP) and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba. I use the lessons I learned in locker rooms and Greyhound buses (ya, we just rode the regular buses) across Western Canada to meet and help others going through exactly what I went through.

I want to create a community of former athletes all working towards becoming their best selves through intelligent strength training.

You’ve come this far; now you can do one of three things:

1. Shut ‘er down. Close up shop. Take solace in the fact you only wasted about 5 minutes of your time and get back to your fantasy picks.

2. Pick yourself up a copy of one (or all) of my free guides on the FREE STUFF page. My newest one, An Unconventional Guide to Losing Fat and Getting Back the Body You Once Had is available HERE. It’s free too, bahd.

3. Just dip your toe in the water. Head on over to the blog and check out a couple articles. If you like ‘em, go back to #2 and you’ll never miss a new one. If you don’t like ‘em, go back to #1 and I’ll forget we ever even met.

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