Thank you for reading and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community! I live in Hillsborough with my fabulous wife Kirsten and our incredible daughters, Haven and Cia. I am a combat Veteran and work as a mental health therapist, serving my fellow Veterans. My primary therapy modality is mindfulness, and I have a passion for teaching these skills to others as well as my own personal practice. I also have a lifelong passion for music. I play guitar, banjo, and fiddle.
Having played sports growing up and during my time in the military, I learned the value of being physically fit. As I’ve grown older, I have come to fully appreciate the positive impact of physical fitness on my chronic pain issues as well as my emotional health. For the past 30-plus years, I have been a gym rat. Over the past couple of years, however, I have felt stuck in a rut with my workout routine. It felt like I was not making much progress, left to my own devices.
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced gyms to close, I knew I would need to explore less traditional methods of staying in shape. I had seen the Beyond Barriers physical location several times and was curious about them. I went to the website and was excited to discover that they were delivering exercise equipment to their members during the pandemic. I also watched some videos from group sessions and read some client spotlights. This struck me as a community I would like to be a part of.
This seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new. I decided to reach out on the Beyond Barriers Facebook page. Within a matter of minutes, Sara responded to my query. By the end of the week, I was given a personal evaluation, had equipment delivered to my front door, and was set up with Kole, my personal trainer. I have never worked with a personal trainer or done a virtual exercise program. This was uncharted territory for me, but I was pleased by the responsiveness and friendliness of the Beyond Barriers team.
Over these past few months, I have learned many different ways to stay in shape, without leaving the comfort of my own home. The workouts Kole designs for me are challenging, take my chronic pain issues into account, and are tailored to help me reach my goals. I cannot say enough about the Beyond Barriers team. They have been a godsend these past few months and I look forward to continued growth with Beyond Barriers in the months (and years) ahead!