Meet Manning

I do this because I love it.
I’ve always had a passion for health and fitness. Early in life, I aspired to go to medical school and be a sports medicine doctor. At the time, overwhelmed by life conditions, I ended up settling into the world of technology and spent 20 years as a web designer, graphic designer, and e-learning developer.

In 2014, my best friend died instantaneously from a massive heart attack. A couple months later, I was laid off from a high-paying career. Mentally and physically, my world swirled down into a vast, bleak, never-ending abyss. I was profoundly devastated by the death of my friend and mentor, though at the same time seeking to decide the next steps in my career.

In late 2015, I went to work for a local gym as a swim instructor. I had grown up a competitive swimmer, but had not trained or taught lessons since my summer league years. It would seem like a small and insignificant job for me. However, it would initiate a change in trajectory to a full-time fitness professional and personal trainer.

I focused on technique and stroke mastery not yardage and my clients started to see results in their swimming speed and efficiency. I discovered that adults , especially beginners, needed a program that focused on relaxation and fundamentals.  My clients have included runners, cyclers, fearful non- swimmers, beginner triathletes, and those with physical limitations including knee, hip, and back injuries.

In 2018, I added gym  training by becoming a certified personal trainer with NASM. Dry land (gym) training created a complementary approach to work in the pool. An educator at heart, I seek to create an optimal learning environment by listening, observing and engaging with the individuals I am working with.

My perspective toward training is simple:  Develop the body and mind so that day-to-day functionality is fully available.

I integrate different therapeutic tools in addition to strength training and cardio workouts depending on what my client may need. These include whole food nutrition, stretching and flexibility, mindfulness, gymnastic exercises, and bodywork.

I live in Katy, TX with my two cats Cheetah and Sorbet.