Jeff grew up on the east coast in an athletic family—both of his parents were swimming coaches—and he became actively involved in exercise and athletics. Due to a series of injuries, Jeff became interested in alternative ways to train/work out that allowed him to be as fit as possible with the least risk of injury.
Like so many people, Jeff had trouble maintaining his exercise and healthy eating during his college years, and he gained a great deal of weight. When he completed his degree in Biology at Virginia Tech in May 1993, he weighed more than 350 pounds. Severely frustrated and depressed, Jeff moved to Chicago to attend graduate school. With the help of members of the faculty and staff at Chicago State University, he simultaneously lost more than 100 pounds and earned a masters degree in Applied Physiology. And with the weight loss, Jeff regained his energy, eliminated his joint pain, and eliminated all of the medications he had been taking.
Jeff says, “While I was getting fit, I learned that it is not always how hard you work, but how smart you work that makes a difference! Today, I am currently 190 pounds and am more active in athletics than ever before. I have run several marathons, bicycled across the country, completed numerous triathlons, and even finished a couple of adventure challenges. I still have days where my body feels a bit worse for wear, but all in all I feel better now than I have at any point in my life and my goal is to teach others to feel that way too.