In Gio’s own words:
I started exercising when I was 16, and I fell in love with it. I figured it would be a good idea to study something in that direction when I went to college, so I did. I went away to school at the University of Rhode Island in 2010 and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, and a minor in nutrition. While I was there, I independently focused on bodybuilding, and had a couple internships, which put me around large groups of athletes. My college experience gave me a general sense of the scholastic side of fitness, and the basics of mainstream weightlifting. After graduating, I started working for The Arena. Every staff member was very intelligent, and each of them had their own niche of knowledge. The first 4 years I was here, I learned a lot from my co-workers, I took on as many clients as I could, and also pursued teachers outside of the facility. There were lots of subjects I was interested in; martial arts, olympic lifting, hypertrophy, strength training, locomotion, biomechanics, mobility, tai chi, lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, psychology, meditation, and various spiritual process’s. My vision was broad and I was looking for a common denominator and new direction.
After this 4 year period, It became obvious to me that internal development and health were the fundamental denominators to all of the subjects I was interested in, my job, and my life. Since then it has been my single focus to master meditation, myself, and to understand why there is so much confusion as to how our bodies work. My hypothesis is, that by understanding and mastering one’s being, you can maximize the development of anything else. The state of the body can either limit or allow for the expression of ones being, thus the body is secondarily the most important thing when it comes to the pursuit of anything. Whatever I end up learning, I hope it can help myself and others.
Wing Chun, Tai Chi, competes in Arm Wrestling and has existential interests in Lucid dreaming and Meditation as ways to train the brain for improved cognition, mental state, longevity, and physical performance.