I was always a skinny kid growing up. As a senior in high school, I was 6’4” and weighed all of 140 pounds. I was so skinny, my basketball coach looked at me one day at practice and exclaimed, “Rochet, you’re no thicker than a zipper!” Fortunately, that nickname did not stick.
Early on, I idolized athletes who displayed physical strength. I wanted desperately to be muscular and strong. So, I did what adolescents with my dilemma have done for generations. I spent all my spare time pouring through every bodybuilding magazine I could get my hands on. I became fascinated with designing weight training routines and tinkering with my diet. I convinced a friend to workout with me every morning at 6 am. We tested my crazy programs in the dark weight room in the basement of our high school. At home, my poor mother just shook her head at the meals I was concocting and the buckets of protein powder that crowded our kitchen counter.
Despite these rather dubious training and diet practices, I managed to end my collegiate basketball career weighing in at almost 200 lbs. As I got bigger and stronger, my confidence soared. Life was suddenly so much sweeter, so full of possibilities! And it was during these college years that I discovered how much I enjoyed helping others achieve their fitness and performance goals. As I experienced success in developing my size and strength in the weight room, my teammates started asking me what I was doing to get these results. I gladly wrote lifting and nutrition programs for anyone who asked. The summer before my senior year, my teammate, who also happened to be one of the top basketball players in the country, asked to be my training partner. He was incredibly talented, but needed to add muscle and strength to take his game to the next level. I remember spending hours tinkering with our weight training program and writing diet plans. After pushing each other every day in the weight room, we would gobble down copious amounts of food. It was so gratifying to see the work we did together transfer to even greater success for him on the court. Through this experience, I had found my true calling.
Following graduate school, I was fortunate enough to pursue a career in collegiate strength and conditioning. For the next decade or so, I was immersed in developing strength and conditioning programs and nutrition plans for hundreds of elite athletes. I read thousands of books and attended dozens of seminars. I enjoyed every minute of the learning and coaching and am proud of the personal growth I witness in the amazing athletes I mentor.
Today, I receive the greatest joy in helping others, whether athlete or not, maximize the quality of their lives through sound nutrition and fitness practices. The habit-based coaching I’ve learned through Precision Nutrition has been so rewarding to implement and the results have been outstanding. When my clients describe to me how their lives have improved because of the work we are doing together, I get goosebumps. I can’t imagine a day where I’m not devoted to coaching others in nutrition, fitness and peak health. I wouldn’t want to spend my time any other way.