"WHEN WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO CHANGE A SITUATION, WE ARE CHALLENGED TO CHANGE OURSELVES"--VIKTOR FRANKL
NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
NASM-Certified Nutrition Coach
HOW IT STARTED
My passion for teaching, coaching, and distance running led me to develop a leadership and personal development course titled “Change through Challenge” when I was a Business Professor.
This was not your typical business course!
This course taught key virtues for leadership and life: resilience, persistence, courage, and grit thorugh the transformative power of running long distances.
The final exam:: complete a 26.2-mile marathon...in 22 weeks.
95% of students who enrolled in the course completed the course
100% of the students who participated in the race (marathon or half-marathon completed the race)
MY APPROACH FOR YOU...NOT JUST RUNNING
As an endurance athlete and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach, I look forward to developing an individual and CUSTOM "Change through Challenge Performance Plan" for you.
This is not just a fitness program.
This is a comprehensive plan to maximize your performance in all areas of your life through the tranformative power of getting in the best shape of your life. Because a strong mind requires having a strong body. The "hardware" must support the "software."
The success of my program rests on integrating running / walking with a plan of progressive resistance training, proper nutrition, recovery, and an academic component to train the mind.
In addition to coaching, my non-traditional career path in business, academia, leadership development, and endurance training / coaching allows me to bring a unique perspective to corporate and non-profit speaking events.
Popular speaking topics include:
"What ultramarathon training teaches us about life"
"Developing an 'ultra' mindset...even if you never run a mile"
"Discovering your 'Why?'"
"Setting...and ACHIEVING your goals"
"Health and Wellness 101"
"I am 54 years old...never felt better. Here's how."
"How I lost 19 lbs from NOT running!"
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING APPEARANCES
Podcast Inteview, Decidedly! "Why Endurance Events are a Vehicle to Self-Knowledge" May 2021
Podcast Interview, SalesPop "What Marathon Running Can Teach Us in Our Professional Life" February 2021
Presenter, Indonesia Human Resources Foundation for Leadership, Annual Leadership Summit, "What Marathon Training Teaches About Leadership and Life" June 2020
Keynote Presenter, Rocky Mountain Area Conference, “Life’s Best Teacher: Run a Marathon!” September 2018
Presenter, Rocky Mountain Area Conference. "Job Search Survival Guide: How to Find the Job You REALLY Want!" September 2017
Keynote speaker, Colorado State Classified Employees Meeting, "What We Do Matters." January 2017
Presenter, Two Year / Four Year Conference. “The Best First Year Experience? Run a Marathon.” September 2016Presenter, Two Year / Four Year Conference. “The Best First Year Experience? Run a Marathon.” September 2016
Speaker, UC Synergetic. "Finding Passion in Your Work." June 2016
Keynote speaker, Colorado Adult Education Professional Association (CAEPA) Conference. "Moving Forward with Innovation, Opportunity and Action." October 2015
Presenter, TEDxMile High Youth Event. Ideas Unbridled. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/What-is-the-Best-Business-Educa April 2015
Volunteer keynote speaker at various Red Rocks Community College Student Government and Student Leadership events 2014, 2015, 2016
Interview, Runner’s World Magazine, http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/the-business-of-marathon-training, January 2014
Interview, The Denver Business Journal, http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/blog/broadway_17th/2014/06/marathon-training-class-at-red-rocks-community.html?page=2 June 2014
Guest appearance, 710 KNUS “Colorado Issues” with Tom Moller discussing pilot course at Red Rocks Community College called “Change Through Challenge” to boost student retention / performance. January 6, 2013
Interview, The Denver Post (Your Hub), Red Rocks Business Course Culminates in Marathon, November 2012.
Interview, The Lakewood Sentinel, Running the Life Marathon, December 4, 2012.
Guest columnist, The Denver Business Journal, Making the Leap for Balance, January 16, 2009.
Guest appearances at 6am, 9pm and 10pm on 9News, Job Search Strategies, March 15, 2009, Denver, Colorado.
Guest appearance on nationally-syndicated radio show 630 KHOW “The Troubleshooter with Tom Martino”, Top 10 Job Search Strategies in Today’s Economy, February 11, 2009, Denver, Colorado.