[Hector speaking] Back in 2000, I was a young(er) guy working for the union in construction. If you know anything about unions, you know they are hard to get into. My career path was set and I was making a good life for myself.
Having been a competitive athlete growing up, I continued to keep my body strong with self-training, mainly with weights. At this point, I had no intention of opening a business. All I wanted to do was keep my body strong as I worked in construction. I had even begun to slow down the pace of each repetition just to make it harder when I worked out.
Then, a crazy thing happened -- I fell off a two story roof while working on a new housing development. Someone had not secured the scaffolding. As I stepped through, down I went.
At the hospital, the doctors couldn't believe what they were seeing -- my only injuries were some contusions (bruises) and split eyebrow that needed stitching. "Are you absolutely sure you actually fell two stories?" the doctor asked again. I assured him I was. I was actually installing the roof of a two-story house so I knew for a fact that's how high up I was. He apologized for sounding skeptical but he said it was because they had admitted another man who coincidentally fell two stories (ironically not from the same construction site as me) and he had suffered multiple broken bones and a ruptured spleen. The doctor just couldn't make sense of it. I didn't understand it myself at the time.
Shortly thereafter, I was approached by a friend who was my neighbor. We ran into each other in the parking lot. He asked if I had ever considered becoming a personal trainer because he felt I had the right personality for it. I hadn't really but then he started telling me just a bit about a new method of training. I agreed to go to the seminar to learn more.
Back at the construction job, I had returned to work but I began to notice how my foreman and others in a higher position than myself were constantly in pain from the pounding their bodies suffered in construction.
Then the seminar, a unique method of strength training that was science-backed. They described a slow motion, low-force, high-intensity method of exercising that could be used for fitness and rehabilitation alike. Instantly something clicked. I wanted to explore this profession but it would mean leaving the security of my current job.
But then, another crazy thing happened -- my appendix burst and I had to have emergency surgery. This was not even a month after my fall. During my recovery, I had the instinct to get a certification in the method of training I had just learned about. The problem was that it was a 6-month program and I only had 1-month before I had to return to my regular job.
I told my instructor, a drill-sergeant-like man, that I would be taking the exams in just a month. Impossible he said. I did the work -- hours and hours a day of reading and studying and, when I was able to, hours and hours of shadowing. It worked and I passed, despite having the toughest instructor of the lot.
I left my secure job for self-employment. A horrible financial trade-off but I KNEW health mattered more than anything and with this method, I could help people become healthier. I could help them live better lives. I could build up their bodies instead of tearing them down.
At this point I still had no inclination to start my own business. I worked for a few different studios, acquiring my own clients. It wasn't until my primary studio was forced to close that I asked "what if?" Through a series of serendipitous events, I opened my first studio in 2005 in Sebastopol. It wasn't until many years later that I had the vision to open more and help even more people.
Helping people get healthy has always been my driving force.
I want to help you become the healthiest version of yourself possible and that becomes entirely possible when you lay a foundation of strength for yourself. When your body prioritizes building muscle, all of your other bodily systems must become balanced to support that endeavor. When you get stronger, you get healthier.
I have guided thousands of people through private strength training sessions and I KNOW this method has the power to transform lives. Like you, I want to be healthier, and I have been training in this method myself ever since 2000.
If you know you could be healthier. If you know you are spending a lot of time working out with little results. If your prior efforts have yielded little.
Then let us help you do the one thing that will give you the greatest chance for changing your life for the better.
Now, if you'll allow me, I would like to introduce you to Clinical Strength Training®