I love coaching!
I’ve fought tooth and nail against this truth. Over the last 20 years, I’ve tried other jobs, gone back to school several times, taught in classrooms, lectured on stages… And only in the last two years have I realized the joy I get from the coaching interaction.

I stumbled into this profession after a dream at 18. A literal dream. I woke up to a life decision that was as easy as mindlessly picking up a $20 bill on the sidewalk.

That choice led me to mentee under incredible people, live in incredible jungle huts, work with the loveliest of clients, face my own bullshit, learn to accept my weakness, and decide what is worth my time trying to fix — and finally, after 20-plus years in the profession, come to terms that this is what I do. And to be honest with you, I’m exceptional at it.

I’ve coached nutrition and lifestyle in clinical and recreational fitness settings. I’ve done bodywork and strength training for injuries for twenty years. I’ve facilitated corporate teams on team building through communication, trained as a conflict mediator, and obsessively studied linguistics and cross-cultural therapeutic communication. I’ve let countless certifications lapse and still spend thousands of dollars on continuing education every year.

My most recent project has been the co-founding of Trauma Informed Weight Lifting. This is part of a non-profit focused on conducting research, educating the public, and training personal trainers and other movement practitioners on how to use weight lifting as an adjunctive therapy for PTSD, C-PTSD, and C-Developmental Trauma.

In summary: My name is Mark. I will listen without judgement, and be honest but tactful.
You don’t have to walk this path alone.


What do I mean by coaching?
A coach helps you get to the point of truth and then takes it one step further by helping you realize what you want or don’t want, and what to do with that realization. In almost all situations of learning, we learn faster, and progress further, with a coach/teacher/mentor than we will alone. Being honest with yourself is what mitigates stress. Dissolving self-deception is the unspoken, overarching goal of our coaching relationship. This is achieved through engaging with the process and your coach. Coaching is not therapy; mental or physical. Therapy is meant to pick you up when you fall off the cliff. Coaching is to help you climb the rest of the mountain once you are sure-footed.

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