My name is Darin and I’m a professional trainer (ACSM certified), nutrition expert (AFPA, general and sports nutrition), NPC bodybuilder and prep coach.
I define bodybuilding as the process of building muscle and losing fat in order to achieve a particular aesthetic. Whether you are a seasoned competitive bodybuilder, first-timer, or someone with no competitive aspirations but ambitious goals nonetheless, we’re all bodybuilders. I take this stuff very seriously and absolutely love the process – the creativity in programming, the discipline to follow a plan, everything – the results are just icing on the cake.
I also take coaching very seriously. There are so many options out there for someone who’s aiming to hire a coach to help them out it’ll make your head spin. You’ll find countless “celebrity trainers”, models, and Instagram superstars who also provide a coaching service, which is going to be very cookie-cutter and similar across the board for all people. I feel if you’re going to be a good coach and take it seriously and be available for your clients, it should be your primary – if not your only – business.
Everything I do absolutely requires and depends upon coach/trainer interaction, feedback, questions, and curiousity. The programming I offer is a starting point, and plans evolve – sometimes very quickly, other times more slowly, depending on the results and progress we see.
My philosophy is built on the basics:
- Avoid injuries so you can keep training
- Be efficient and brutal in the gym
- Build a plan that is sustainable to avoid burnout
- Treat people like people
- Teach you to expect more from yourself
- Be curious and willing to learn about your body and how it works