Being raised in rural Iowa by a single mom nutrition was not something I was ever taught. Large portions of whatever we had in the cupboard was my diet as a child. By the time I was twelve years old I was the fat kid in school and suffered the teasing of all the bullies. At that age I had no idea what to do about it but I knew I wasn’t happy in my condition. During the following summer I bicycled everywhere, to school, to the store, on my paper route, and with my friends every chance I could. That summer I lost 20lbs and no longer had to wear Husky brand jeans. I remember to this day how big of a deal it was to be able to wear the same clothes everyone else wore. Although I was still clueless about proper nutrition, from that summer on I understood how big of a role exercise would play in my life. As I moved on to junior high and high school I was introduced to weight lifting which my body took to like a drowning man takes to air. I quickly began building solid muscle and strength. I was rewarded with positive attention from my peers and a starting position on the football field. Further solidifying the role exercise would play in my life. After high school I continued to work out and found some incredible training partners that got me into power lifting. Although I was as strong as an ox, I couldn’t run to the car without losing my breath. I quickly realized all that weight I was lifting was not all it’s cracked up to be, and might actually be hurting my body. After trying out a handful of different fitness programs and training partners with little to no consistency I decided to try this Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping thing. I had done some martial arts training in the past and was looking for a way to lean out, increase my flexibility and improve my cardio vascular conditioning. Not to mention the fact that my pants size was now up four inches since my glory days. So in January of 2008 I signed up for my 10 week session in Ankeny, IA. I went in with minimal expectations since after all; I’ve been working out since I was a boy. Well, I soon found out that this FXB thing was for real. My coach and teammates were intense and refused to let me give anything but level 10. I was sweating and working harder than I had in years. I finally learned what proper nutrition was all about. I had never had anyone spend the time to teach me how to properly fuel my body. Up until then I thought an athlete’s diet came in a big jar from GNC. This combination of intense cardio training, resistance training, real world nutrition counseling, encouragement and accountability from my coach and teammates, was what I had been searching for. At the end of my ten weeks I had lost 4 inches off my waist, dropped my body fat 4%, and had more strength and endurance than ever. Not to mention, the friends and support system that comes with the ten week experience. I diligently continued my workouts for the next couple years fuelling the idea of starting my own FXB family someday. Colorado had become one of my favorite places to vacation. After several vacations to Estes Park, and many long conversations during the car ride back to Ankeny, I finally talked my wife into moving to Denver and pursuing the dream of opening our own FXB. In 2010, we moved into a little apartment in Englewood and then shortly after moved to our permanent home in Parker. We spent the next three years planning and preparing to bring this incredible program to our new hometown of Parker, Colorado.