I grew up in a small town in newfoundland. For those of you who don't know where Newfoundland is it's here
It's a fantastic place to grow up. During my childhood I spent my time catching rabbits, swimming, riding my bike and playing every sport that was offered, except hockey. I know, I know. I'm Canadian so I must play hockey. I tried, I sucked, I moved on. What I did excel at though was basketball and volleyball. During high school I had a huge interest in the sciences... and gym class. This lead me down the eventual path of kinesiology.
I basically wanted to be involved in sports and the science behind it, so that's why I chose kinesiology for my undergraduate degree, which I completed at the Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador - more affectionately known as MUN. Let me tell you I had some great years at MUN, some very influential profs, got my spark in exercise therapy, and met my wonderful wife .
When we graduated from MUN, Sarah and I moved to Halifax where I worked as a clinical kinesiologist/trainer. It's basically here that I really became interested in physiotherapy as a career choice. The physical therapy team that I worked with was fantastic. Sarah and I moved back to St. John's after a year in Halifax and I worked for a while as a personal trainer, but my main interest was still in physical therapy. I applied to a few schools and eventually landed on Robert Gordon University. I started my masters there in January of 2011 and finished in January 2013.
So that's basically my path to physical therapy in a nutshell. Other than that here are a few things you need to know about me.
1. I'm of the belief that fitness is for function. By that I mean that I don't hold a lot of stock in spending hour upon hour in a gym working out just to get bigger and more tone. I feel that everyone should attain a level of fitness that improves they're health, makes activities of daily living easier. Everything else is just a bonus really.
2. I don't particularly like isolation exercise, except for rehab and stabilization purpose (rotator cuff for example). I don't really have anything against doing them, I just like to better utilize my time exercise and be more functional, that's why I feel compound exercises are king.
3. I love my wife. This should probably be number 1. We've had ups and downs, yelled at each other and argue about little things, but we also share a love for the Montreal Canadiens, great movies, music, photography and travelling. I love her for her stubbornness and fire, no matter how much I tell her otherwise.
4. I play guitar. I actually was planning on making this blog all about guitar at one point, then I thought it would be clever to name the blog Exercise BASSics and make it about exercises and music. I eventually realized that I know a great deal more about health and fitness that I do about playing the guitar, so I went with Exercise Basics.
That's about it I guess. I'm sorry if that got a little wordy. So if you like you this and like who I am then I encourage you to follow me, comment on my posts, email me, write me a poem, draw me a picture.. whatever tickles your fancy. I just want you guys to understand the Exercise Basics isn't just a brand or a ploy at getting readers. I'm a real person who genuinely enjoys exercise science and physical therapy. I like writing about it and feel good about sharing information that i think is helpful to readers.