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- When did your athletic career begin?I started sports in grade school and dabbled in everything. I had a late start as a hockey player at the age of 12, I was really just learning how to skate. I went from being the worst hockey player on my team to the best when I focused on power skating and puck handling. A few short years later I played junior hockey up until age 19. Eventually I become a pro fitness competitor and now enjoy playing sports for fun.
- What adversity have you had to overcome as an athlete?My biggest struggle was in my final years of hockey. I was the biggest guy on my team at 220lbs of pure muscle, so I could play the role of enforcer really well but I could also find the back of the net. Before proving myself as a contributor in the scoring department I ended up playing the enforcer roll, it lead to fighting almost every game, not because I wanted to but because I was either told to or the enforcer on the other team would press the issue until I had to fight back. In one two-game stretch, I had 6 goals and 5 assists and I was quickly moved up to the first line. There I was playing with our best players and was wavering around the three point per game mark. The odd game I would not score and would be quickly demoted to my former role. Even while on the first line other teams would target me to drop the gloves. I was at odds with my coach on my role and the politics of the game likely prevented me from going pro. I can’t blame that coach but I was hoping for a change of scenery and when a trade didn’t happen, I ended up riding out the season and never played competitively again. I am proud to say I overcame this adversity and used this along with my athletic ability to build a career in the fitness industry.
- How has working out impacted your life?It has changed my life, especially as a chunky pre-teen. I really gained confidence in sports with women and, of course, later on people would simply approach me wherever I was for help in gaining a better build for themselves. I was proof of the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.
- How often do you train and for how long?Once a day for an hour.
- What types of things should 45 year old plus athletes keep in mind versus younger athletes?To train smarter. Our bodies start to decompose at the age 25. We need to make sure that stretching, yoga, stress reduction, massage are all part of the overall picture. If you have built a great base in your younger years, your muscles will not disappear if you train them less or in different ways. If one trains the same as they did in their 20’s (e.g. hard and heavy) they will come into problems such as prolapsed organs, etc. It’s time to train smarter, not harder and use the tools around you to be injury free, focusing on longevity.
- What is your #1 fitness tip?Find out what works for you. If you cannot do it yourself, hire someone to help you figure that out. Especially with nutrition, you need to know what works for you, how it works for you, why it works for you and when it works for you, this is not something that you can just Google.
Lorne’s Take – Andrew makes some great points on older athletes training smarter and not necessarily harder. I also like what he has to say on finding a nutritional plan that works for you.