I grew up an athlete- played multiple sports. I spent a lot of time outside in the woods. When I went to college my athletic career ended. I spent my time in books and on computers studying to be a software developer. But, growing up, proper nutrition wasn't ever a thing that I paid attention to. I worked out as a means to an end. But, I never really learned about the cause an effect. Once on my own, fending for myself and no longer playing sports, was a huge change for me, but I didn't change my eating habits. Before college, was so used to just eating and not gaining weight that I figured the same thing would happen. It didn't. During college I gained 60 pounds and lost muscle.
In 2012, my wife and I found out we were expecting our first child Declan and I knew that I wanted to change something. I didn't know exactly what or how, but I knew that I wanted to be able to play with my my kid, and now kids. It was important to me that I be able to get outside and run around with them. I started learning about food and its relationship with the body. I joined a gym and met some incredible people who didn't judge me for being overweight and struggling in workouts. They were supportive and kind. They adopted me to the community as one of their own. I stuck with it, learned more, and lost that 60 pounds while getting stronger.
During this process I fell in love with Olympic Weightlifting. I love the attention to detail- the technical precision required. It fascinated me. I spent a lot of time asking questions of my coaches and trainers. I read material and watched videos online and learned a ton. I started writing programming and training routines for myself and made a lot of progress. But, I started noticing that I was lacking real insight into my lifting. My workouts were just something that I was making somewhat educated guesses at. But, that wasn't helpful. I wanted more precision. Similarly, I had some idea about why I was losing weight and gaining strength, but I couldn't pinpoint. I wanted more.
This is where the idea for Never Second came from. I wanted something more, something better. It wasn't enough for me to track a workout, or to have a fitbit. I wanted something different. I wanted Never Second. I started this as a way to better understand my own health and fitness. I want others to have access to the same kind of information.
Should you decide to sign up, you're supporting this mission. It was time for me to put myself first, my health first, so that I would be able put my kids first in the way I wanted to. The mission is enable you to put yourself or your members first. Regardless of what you decide, thanks for taking a look at the site, the app, the platform, and I hope that you find the community you're looking for.