Online Fitness & Nutrition Certification, ONNIT Certified Personal Trainer
Hello world! I'm Roderic, but call me Rod! I'm an extremely goofy and free spirit that's equal parts smiles, always hungry, and swear words. I was born in Illinois and moved to Minnesota when I was a junior in high school and have called it home ever since. I graduated high school from the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, MN and from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with a Bachelor's in Political Science.
Growing up I was extremely active and did my fair share of falling off skateboards, playing baseball and tree climbing. During high school I fell in love with the outdoors and began to understand that movement would play a key role in my future and the life I wanted to live.
I enlisted into the US Army Reserves at age 17 as a military police officer. In my 15 years of military service I've mentored, coached and trained hundreds of soldiers in physical fitness and lifestyle habits. I've continuously found understanding through helping others better themselves.
In 2018, I left MInnesota to pursue the Army full time. I briefly worked in the Field Artillery and then moved to North Carolina where I currently reside and specialize in Civil Affairs in Arabic speaking nations.
College graduation was postponed several times due to deployments to Kuwait, Jordan, Kabul, Burkina Faso, and India. During college and my travels, my deployments provided so much clarity as to how I would live my life - full of movement, wellness, joy, and service to others.
I found my love of handstands playing around during track in college but while in Jordan I sharpened these skills. I learned that how we move is just as important that we move! This is beauty and creativity within itself. I would go on teaching myself gymnastic rings, parallel bars, unconventional training methods such as kettlebells, steel clubs and maces.
I believe in holistic health balancing and understanding the balance between the mental and physical. I believe this understanding creates and sustains consistent life patterns.
I coach with realistic expectations, aiming to better oneself every single day no matter how small. I believe in setting realistic expectations and goals, communication and consistency. The road to holistic health is not a race but a journey we must choose to embark upon and accept into our everyday lives.
I aim to bring the power of freedom and creativity to all my clients and I look forward to helping you become a better you!