After months of searching for ‘our next coach’, it is our pleasure to officially welcome Keith Holliday to the Coaching Staff at Fukumoto Fitness!
Keith will be going through an intensive process starting immediately and well into 2017 to be ready to coach multiple groups. He will be observing, co-coaching, and getting to know you guys more personally very soon. Read below to hear part of his story, his significant involvement with FF already, and his goals!
From the day I was born I loved to eat! I am told that as soon as I was able to be mobile on the floor, I put everything in my mouth. When I was 11 months old it turned out eating the wrong things almost ended my short life. Because I was so young and had asthma nobody knew I had swallowed anything, but my mom found me turning blue on the living room floor. I ended up in the hospital hooked up to a respirator and an IV. It wasn’t until a week later after a lung collapsed that I coughed up a crayon (wax does not show up on an X-ray). I recovered nicely, just had less lung capacity, I now have 50% lung capacity.
I spent most of my childhood on my bicycle or in an arena playing hockey in a town in Saskatchewan. By the time I was 10, I was also training horses for some families around the area as well as jumping from barn to barn and climbing hay bails. I was a very adventurous youngster with no fear; I was and am a bit of an adrenaline junky. I found out at a young age that if I wanted to play competitive hockey, which I did until the age of 13, I would have to push my limits further than most. It taught me work ethic and perseverance. I learned my limitations, but also how to push my mind and body just shy of my limits. I also learned we are capable of way more than we believe we are.
When I was 18, I was extremely thin and all I wanted to do was bulk up, so I hit the weight room. Unfortunately I never educated myself on the proper nutrition to do so, so I just ate more of the wrong foods to put on weight. At that age that plan worked out ok, it allowed me to gain muscle….but some unwanted fat as well. By the time I turned 23-24 I had stopped working out but the diet remained the same. Like many I got busy, had a young family, was working on my career; and eventually my health and nutrition fell to the waste side. I lifted weights on and off through the years and played some recreational hockey but nothing consistent.
Fast forward a few years later, I was very fortunate to know some great people that attended Fukumoto Fitness, and along with the encouragement from my beautiful wife, we both joined in April 2015. Fukumoto Fitness reignited my passion for exercise and created an interest in nutrition that I had never had; which has lead to a weight loss of over 40 lbs so far (check out my Progress Not Perfection Story HERE), as I continue to work on improving my nutrition habits every day. I still have a love for lifting heavy, so I am so thankful Fukumoto adds in the cardio that I so desperately needed but was not adding to my fitness plan.
My family consists of my beautiful wife Andreina, we’ve been married for three glorious years and have two amazing children, Danika who is 17 and Nicolas who is turning 15 in December. They keep us busy with their school, activities and work schedules. We also have 2 adorable puppies, Rocky and Tango who are both 3 years old and keep us moving in the house when we are lucky enough to be home.
Life at FF
Since joining Fukumoto Fitness I have completed my Level 1 & 2 KB courses, and I have attended KB Club regularly since. I also participated in the 2015 and 2016 Dirty Donkey Mud Run, as well as the 2016 FF Winter Games. As an active member of FF I have enjoyed being a part of other extra activities such as the 12-month FF Nutrition Coaching Course (powered by Precision Nutrition), OCR training, Member Appreciation nights, Pumpkin Charity Workouts, Burpees for Romania, Rocktape Workshop, Flexible Steel and Warrior Fit…so basically almost anything FF has to offer, I’ve been lucky enough to attend and learn from it!
I have surpassed many of my goals while at FF; I have been able to do a one armed pushup, accomplished a TGU with the white Kettlebell (only for a 48kg bell to show up a couple months later), and squat to press overhead with the largest bag. Also, just being able to complete a full 20 minute tornado for me is a huge accomplishment. These are all things that when I walked through the doors for my first workout I would have thought were impossible.
I am currently working on my pull-ups, I have a long ways to go, but just like all the things I mentioned above, I know this is possible and it will just take time. In order to accomplish them I am working hard on my body composition with the help of FF Nutrition Coaching. As well, I purchased a pull-up bar for home to practice, and every day after class I work on the next progression. I am also working on my cardio to improve my limited lung capacity. But even though I believe this is impossible to do today, the ultimate goal for me is to be able to do a TGU with the BEAST (48kg) kettlebell. My wife Andreina (AKA little beast – approved by her to say!) is also a future TGU progression (ever see a human TGU?) so that is a fun goal too.
These days I enjoy playing tennis with my family (a round of golf and playing recreational hockey. I love going for rides on my motorcycle and taking anyone that will come with me.
My Goals With Coaching
I am so excited to join such an amazing group of individuals that each bring their unique gifts to the team, and I am hoping to be a person that you may be able to relate to as I’ve had many struggles and also victories in my pursuit of better. I will be finishing up several coaching courses in the next few months to make sure I am up to date completely with the high standard set at Fukumoto Fitness. I have years of experience coaching people and am excited to utilize this skill in such a dynamic and passionate environment. I have set and accomplished many goals with how I feel, look, move, and perform and I’m excited to help you (members of FF) do the same. I am a very positive and energetic person and I look forward to finding out what is important to you so please don’t be a stranger and say hi!
Thank you Keith for sharing and we are thrilled to have you on board. There is a very long and thorough process to be considered for our coaching team and we take much pride in only hiring the right people. We believe in you and that you are an amazing fit for our community!