What do you think was the main reason/influence to get you to choose what you are doing today?
When I was young, I wanted to be strong. As strong as a superhero! … And one day when I was ten, I was at a show with Torkel Ravndal (a famous Norwegian strongman). He was lifting cars and doing fantastic things.
I was sitting in the front row eating candy and he stopped his show and went towards me and said: ‘If you want to be strong, you have to stop eating candy and train hard’ in a funny tone.
Then he said to start easy with things to break and move upwards.
I went straight home and started breaking twigs.
Never stopped eating candy though.
Who do you aspire to?
When I began to train, I thought I knew it all. Now, twenty years later I wish I would know the things I believed I knew in the beginning.
I want to know more, learn more and understand more about the human biology both physically and mentally, to be able to inspire people to do things they didn’t think was possible. It gives me great pleasure to see people surpass their own limits.
Your catch phrase?
“E du våken?” – something my dad always said to me. I also have a tendency to shoot laser-beams with my fingers when I’m stressed enough.
What can you do for the customers?
I think I can relate very well to how it is to start up with something. I have always put great detail into the aspect that is the mental hardship to be a new beginner.
I have trained hundreds of people in all shapes and forms and learned how to trigger the part that makes it fun to do something that is new.
I put great effort into giving each their own personal journey and I know for a fact that my customers can reach high goals.
People see me as the strength coach, but I think I am more of a guy to get people find their own passion.
What are you proud of?
I’m a father of two, so it would be wrong to not mention them as what I’m most proud of. But regarding my work it would be being coach for Stavanger powerlifting for many years, especially training youth and seeing them going from fifteen year old nervous teenagers to twenty something adults with a healthy look at their own body and some of them with great accomplishments in powerlifting also.
I think I am most proud of my ability to teach people the ability to find joy in training and seeing them excel over the years.
We have all been first timers and it is scary to be the new guy or girl.
Your previous achievements -personally and professionally?
I think taking over a training center at a young age of twenty-three and growing it from hundred something members to over nine hundred is one of them, but also realizing so much of myself that I started finding joy in being what/who I am.
I did that through training, rehabilitation and hard work.
Getting my education in muscle therapy and helping people with problems getting back into training and pain-free life is also greatly rewarding.
My best personal lift is 235 kg in bench press done under the supervision of Dietmar, the coach of the Norwegian powerlifting team.
What is your favorite past time activity?
Except training and being with my girlfriend, I do like to read comic books, watch movies and be social. People tend to look at me as a nerd, which I am very proud of. I’m currently reading Mrs. Marvel and enjoying it. I also love fantasy books and have read a lot of those.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
“Very resilient and very stubborn in both good ways and bad”
Fun fact about yourself most of your friends wouldn’t know.
I’m pretty outspoken so this is difficult, but I enjoy cardio-training.
If you could teach any random class, which would you chose?
I do what I love, so I’m already there, but I would love to teach yoga.
If you had a list of things you would love to learn/do/travel to/explore, what would be on top of the list?
I would love to speak more languages, play an instrument or sing and I would love to travel to warm places. Hawaii is a lifelong dream.
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