Personally, I have been dedicated to health and fitness for all of my adult life. I started designing fitness training programs and teaching CPR when I was in college. After college I entered the US Army where I experienced numerous individual and group fitness regimes--some successful and some that were not so successful. In my 22+ years in the US Army, I excelled in Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces (“Green Beret”) qualification courses, dabbled in martial arts training, and spent over 18 years in arduous Special Forces assignments. I enjoy Tai Chi, fishing, wood turning, working with tools, marksmanship, and endurance cycling activities. I have completed numerous 5K and 10K runs, half and full marathons, a triathlon, "Century" bike rides, and the 500+ mile Biking Across Kansas bike ride. As a disabled Veteran, I find that continuing with my health and fitness activities are even more important now for my overall health and well-being.
Professionally, I have earned two Masters Degrees: one in Military Science and the second in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. I have been certified as a Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) and a Certified Personal Trainer from both the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT) and the National Strength Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT,*D). To complement outdoor cycling, I led indoor cycling classes as a certified Spinning® instructor. I completed the Muscle Activation Techniques Jumpstart Series to learn additional methods to help identify and correct muscle imbalances and sources of pain, dysfunction, and limited range of motion in my clients. Additionally, the IDEA Health and Fitness Association acknowledged my professional fitness contributions by recognizing me as an Elite Personal Fitness Trainer.
In Tai Chi, I have trained with Taiji Masters Paul Lam, MD, Chen Zhenglei, and Chen Huixian, as well as Qigong Master Ken Cohen. Additionally, I have studied under Sifus I'chih Wang, Shao Li, and Bill Douglas. I teach the Sun-Style 40 Forms and Yang-Style 24 and 10 Forms Tai Chi as well as the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Programs. Additionally, I teach Fitness Tai Chi and the Taiji Bang (Stick) Qigong System. I have taught Tai Chi and Qigong programs to Special Olympic athletes, senior center residents, college students, and local groups throughout the USA.
In April 2007, I was honored when Dr. Paul Lam personally appointed me as one of his Senior Trainers in his Tai Chi for Health Program and then again in 2009 when he accepted my nomination as one of his 55 Master Trainers. As a Master Trainer, I am a "train-the-trainer" to certifying new Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis instructors. From 2010 to 2012 I was the Governing Board Chairman for the international Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI).
To help promote tai chi to the medical community, I am an approved provider of continuing education contact hours for Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers, and Mental Health Technicians, as well as for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health & Fitness Professionals and Yoga teachers. Dr lam also tasked me to create and then administer the Tai Chi for Health Institute's Continueing Education Program from 2008 through 2019 when I passed the reigns to another Master Trainer.
Through the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Safety Council, I am certified to instruct First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Pediatric CPR & First Aid, and Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLS-HCP). I have taught numerous First Aid & CPR/AED certification classes for several local organizations, schools, scout units, medical offices, and childcare providers.
Besides The Home Gym, I was an Adjunct Professor for Allied Health and Nursing at Kansas City Kansas Community College where I have taught Tai Chi, Exercise Physiology, Weight Training, First Aid, CPR, Camping, Indoor Cycling, Ab & Back, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Balance, and Flexibility classes. I have also instructed CPR at Rockhurst University, parent / child sports clinics at Johnson County Community College, and public Tai Chi classes at Your Wellness Connection in Shawnee, the YMCA, Johnson County Kansas 50+ Program, and Kansas City, KS Parks & Recreation, and for several local church and community groups.
Aside from doing and teaching fitness classes, I love to write and publish articles on Tai Chi, senior fitness, and other health and fitness topics. You can read some of my articles at Articles, News, and Events. I will continue this endeavor in order to share information and help others start, maintain, or advance their own holistic health and fitness levels.
As a Volunteer, in Kansas I was a member of my Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and have helped Special Olympics, teach CPR and First Aid, have been an Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts of America, work as an Arthritis Foundation committee member, was the inaugural Governing Board Chairman & the Continuing Education Program Coordinator for the International Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), and am active with numerous school and church activities.
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