For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been intense. Growing up with 2 older siblings made one feisty kid. I always enjoyed being active, playing outside, and getting sweaty.
Competing and pushing myself physically was something that just came naturally to me.
I wasn’t your typical skinny little kid that always got picked last for every sport. In fact, it was quite the opposite. By the time I was in 5th grade, I could already run faster and jump higher than most of the 7th graders in my school.
By 7th grade, I could hang from a 10ft basketball hoop.
I guess I picked the right parents.
I was your quintessential mesomorph. Broad shoulders, small waist, big powerful thighs and fast twitch from head to toe.
I don’t say this to brag but to be honest and, as you’ll soon find out, that natural talent will only take you so far.
My story is not one of a hardgainer but one of an “easygainer.”
That’s right, I had great genetics that allowed me to build muscle easier than most guys and natural athletic ability that carried me right through high school.
I was one of the top ranked sprinters and long jumpers in British Columbia throughout high school and wasn’t half bad at basketball and rugby either.
But all that natural talent didn’t amount to much.
Towards the end of my high school career, I became riddled with injuries – hamstring pulls, sprained ankles, and lower back pain to name a few.
My body just wouldn’t co-operate. I became frustrated as I watched people that I used to beat easily start surpass me.
Training became more of chore and almost counterproductive.
By my senior year of high school, my performance had declined tremendously. My hopes of an athletic scholarship were pretty much down the tubes.
All that natural talent went right down the toilet.
I was not happy to say the least.
The few years after high school weren’t any easier since I didn’t have any idea what I really wanted to do with my life. I took some business courses at a local college and failed miserably.
Meanwhile I had also suffered 3 achilles tendon ruptures over the course of two years!
Yes 3 -twice on my right foot and once on my left. I tore my right playing basketball both times and my left playing touch football.
I was a mess.
Both my mind and my body were completely broken down and I didn’t know what my next move was going to be.
The only thing that gave me any sort of salvation at that time was working out. Due to my injuries, I was limited to upper body workouts for the greater portion of a year.
I was still able to make some pretty good gains and that kept me motivated.
Perhaps my dreams of playing pro sports or going to the Olympics would never come true but I knew that I still wanted to have a life that revolved around health and fitness.
Still uncertain of what my career path would be, I went back to school to study Human Kinetics. I found the first few classes I took quite interesting and I got some decent grades.
I guess there was hope for me yet.
I was eager to learn and wanted to understand everything about the human body. I wanted to know what caused me to have so many injuries and how I could help other young athletes avoid the pitfalls that I had suffered.
From there, I decided to get my personal training certification and started training people part time while I went to school.
I enjoyed designing training programs and watching people make progress over time.
I trained all walks of life, high school and college athletes, weekend warriors and even senior citizens.
After about my second year in college, I knew this was the path I wanted to take.
After I graduated from the University of British Columbia I had about 3 or 4 years of experience in the fitness industry.
My knowledge as a trainer was pretty good but my biggest lesson was yet to come.
In late 2006, a childhood friend of mine and I decided to open a gym together. Neither of us had little to no business knowledge but plenty of bravado.
Thinking we knew it all and “what could go wrong” we dove in head first into a complete nightmare of a business.
The gym was a hybrid of a globo gym and a training studio.
With over $20,000/month in overhead expense I had my work cut out for me.
I say I because I was responsible for running the show. I forgot to mention, my partner was just the money and I was the sweat equity.
I grinded it out for over 2 ½ years working 14-16 hours for little to no pay. It was a true test of my will and desire to succeed.
Tensions were high and profits were low between my partner and I. Being the minority shareholder, I got the boot and the gym inevitably closed a few months later.
I was angry and disappointed at the whole situation. Life wasn’t so easy for the easygainer.
Fortunately, there was a silver lining. My long, hard hours did not go unrewarded. I had built up a pretty respectable clientele during that time that I was able to carry over into my new venture.
I also became very well versed in helping people build muscle, burn fat, and perform at the highest level on and off the playing field.
In 2010, I founded Pure Payne Strength and Conditioning that I still currently own and operate to this present day.
My competitive fire still burns and my sport of choice now is Crossfit.
My desire to help people get stronger, leaner and more conditioned and live life on their own terms has never been stronger.
If you’re tired of spinning your wheels at the gym, not getting the results you want and are looking for the “straight goods” then you’ve come to the right place.
If you want to be motivated and inspired to step out of your comfort zone and live a more fulfilling life then you, my friend, are in luck.
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I look forward to our journey together. Now LET’S GET FIT!