Qualifications and Competitive History
BSc in Human Physiology - University of Western Ontario '14
2nd Place 2014 IDFA International - Men's Physique Tall Class
3rd Place 2015 OPA Natural CanFitPro Toronto - Men's Physique - Tall Class
1st Place 2015 OPA Oktoberfest Classic - Men's Physique - Tall Class
1st Place 2015 OPA Oktoberfest Classic - Men's Bodybuilding - Light Middle
1st Place 2013 100% Raw Powerlifting - Toronto Open - 93 kg Class
1st Place 2016 USA Powerlifting - Western NY Championships - 93 kg Class
2nd Place 2016 OPA Natural CanFitPro Toronto - Men's Physique - Tall Class
My Approach to Fitness and Coaching
I believe that fitness and nutrition have been tarnished by the media and companies trying to make a quick buck off of oblivious and uneducated consumers. They are sold bullshit products promising a "quick fix" with little effort or time commitment. This is made possible by the lack of a regulatory authority in the world of fitness/nutrition. When it comes to drugs, organizations like the FDA in the U.S. and Health Canada ensure that substances go through years of rigorous testing and are able to recreate the advertised effect in a laboratory setting. This is not the case with supplements, "miracle" diet plans, and expensive home gym equipment which is advertised to give you amazing results in as little as 20 minutes of exercise per day (often featuring a fitness model most likely on steroids in their commercial).
Individuals are spared the science behind the product/program, often times because there is none or the seller assumes if the individual knew the truth, he/she would not buy it. In addition, it's often easier to sell bullshit products/services which promise unrealistically positive results with unrealistically low levels of effort. This is not my approach.
I believe in one underlying principle: IF THERE IS NO SCIENCE BEHIND IT, I DON'T USE IT.
This is why I take a very calculated and quantitative approach to coaching. In fact the program is called Quantitative Fitness due to its heavy emphasis on tracking calories, macronutrients, weights, rates of weight loss (a derivative), strength, and more.
The human body is an efficient and predictable machine. Although every individual is different, the fundamental ways in which our body loses fat, metabolizes energy, and builds muscle are similar. All my approaches can be validated by sound scientific evidence, the fitness community, and my own personal experience through 10+ years of training and 3 competitions where I consistently reached single digit body fat percentages.
Much of my knowledge base has come from the published work of individuals like Eric Helms, Lyle McDonald, Alan Aragon, Brad Schoenfeld, and more. I consider the information they provide to be far more valuable than bullshit personal training "certifications" offered by companies trying to make an easy $500 off young aspiring trainers. In fact, many of these certifications can be completed in as little as one weekend and are essentially optional because the term "Personal Trainer" is not legally protected unlike Doctor or Dietician. This means that any individual can legally call themselves a personal trainer including you, me, my grandma, your mailman, etc. This is why I strongly advocate that if you decide to work with a personal trainer or coach (whether or not it be me), look into their background and their qualifications. Do they have an understanding of the science behind fat loss/muscle gain? What have they accomplished in regards to fitness? Is this someone you respect and trust?
I promise results, but no quick fixes. Some individuals will find my approach to be effortless where as others may encounter some difficulty, but in both cases it is effective. My approach aims to go beyond standard personal training where the client is told to do some bicep curls and charged 200 bucks. It is an overall customized coaching program which encompasses nutrition (macros, micros, food choices), training, cardio, and psychological support which believe it or not, may be the most important aspect when it comes to actually following through and adhering to a diet. In addition, the process is constantly evolving and changing to meet your needs (you can't do the exact same program in week #20 as you did in week #1).
In addition, not only will I guide you through every aspect of the program (whether it be dieting or lean bulking), but I am more than happy to educate you. I feel the coaching relationship should be as much of a learning experience as it is a physical one. My goal is to have you walk away with your ideal body (both in terms of appearance and health/performance) as well as a better understanding of how the body works so that in the future, you may continue to improve without my guidance.
What does "Vitruvian" mean?
The name "Vitruvian Physique" is based off of Leonardo Da Vinci's drawing titled the Vitruvian Man. Based off the work done by the architect Vitruvius (80 - 15 BC), the drawing depicts the ideal proportions of man where a palm is four fingers, a foot is four palms, a man is 24 palms, etc. I am to apply this way of thinking in all aspects of fitness. It is in my opinion that to reach the ideal physique, one cannot limit himself to purely packing on muscle mass, he/she must embrace a multitude of factors such as symmetry, conditioning, strength, agility, performance, and aesthetics. A body which has muscle mass like Arnold Schwarzenegger, strength like Franco Colombu, and the aesthetic appeal of Frank Zane.
The takeaway from this goes beyond physical proportions, for me it affects every aspect of one's life. A life in balance where one achieves and maintains his/her desired physique, but places equal emphasis on their social life, career, personal relationships, and other non-fitness related interests.
Although the first time I picked up a weight was at the age of 14, I had been active in sports and basic bodyweight training at home for a number of years. This ties into my philosophy regarding building a basic foundation of strength, muscle, and mind-muscle connection when training at a young age. When I first entered the gym in grade 9, I had little or no understanding of how to build a physique. I had aspirations of looking like Goku from DragonBall Z, as well as being more physically attractive for girls (me being 14 I had the self-confidence of a cucumber, but I thought that big arms and a six pack would do the work for me).
I spent ~4 years training with very basic bodybuilding-style "bro splits" consisting of heavy emphasis on arms and chest (the "glory muscles") with little effort on training muscles in my legs and back (BIG MISTAKE). In addition, perhaps the biggest problem with my physical development goals had nothing to do with training at all! Until I was 19, I had virtually no understanding of nutrition and it's impact on my physique. I kid you not, I remember drinking a liter of milk prior to a workout because I thought that milk had protein, protein is good for your muscles, therefore I need to have milk prior to a workout for energy. Long story short, I puked 20 minutes in.
In my first year of University, I was introduced to more information about training and nutrition than I had acquired in the previous 2 decades of my life. I quickly noticed a trend where the biggest and strongest guys in the gym were always concentrated at the back where the squat racks and free weights were, and the somewhat skinny guys would stay in the front spending countless hours doing sporadic sets of bicep curls and crunches trying to "pump up" before going to the club. I began to understand the significance that heavy compound lifts play in the ideal training program. In addition, I spent days scouring for resources, accumulating as much knowledge as I could regarding nutrition for building muscle and losing body fat. I began to understand both the fundamentals and complexities involving calories, macronutrients, micronutrients, training splits, training volume/frequency, and more. Even though I had been training for almost 5 years, the year I learned and began to apply these concepts I put on more muscle than all the previous years combined. This is why above all, I cannot overemphasize this concept: