A bit about Max Westhead

I was born in 1972 and raised in Ontario. I grew up on a farm in Alliston for the first 7 years of my life and developed a huge appreciation for nature. We raised cattle, had lots of rabbits and barn cats, and grew some crops. I moved to Toronto where I lived until high school - being a 'country kid' proved to be a tough sell in Toronto so those were difficult years for me. My high school years were spent living in Caledon (Forks of the Credit) where I found my passion for running (and my peers provided me with ample opportunity to develop hankerings for drinking and smoking). I went to Guelph University from 1991-1996 and got my B.Sc. in Marine Biology. At this point in my life I was marginally fit - I ran in some road races - I could finish, but I usually did terribly. By looking at me, you never would have known that I excersised, despite having started lifting weights at this point. Perhaps it was because I still smoked and generally ate like a University student... although I did manage to quit smoking somewhere around 1995, I still weighed a hefty 150 (I'm 5'2").

I met my love at University and we got married in 1997, right before moving to Nova Scotia. We moved from downtown Toronto (Bloor and Ossington) to Parrsboro, NS, a town of 1600. Quite a shock, but I was absolutely in my element as a Marine Biologist, poking around at low tide and living in a nice little cottage on the seashore for less than half the rent we paid in T.O.

I got a job at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) and started working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in January of 1998, where I have been ever since. It was at BIO in 1999 that I got sucked into teaching aerobics. I was taking the noon-hour class on-site regularly and the instructor was leaving so I stepped up to the plate. I've been teaching regularly ever since. In 2002 I went back to school part-time (while working full-time) and got my M.Sc. at Acdia University where I studied the tidal flats of the Minas Basin.

I'm now a full-fledged Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor, and also have a full-time job. Over the years the muscle has slowly packed on and the fat has slowly melted off. It's taken 16 years of consistent weight training and 22 years of running to get where I am today. I now look like I work out (one of my goals many years ago was just that), and I must say that it's been a long journey to get here. Lots of playing around with diet and training, competing in body building shows, and lots of trial and error. This is one of the reasons I became a Personal Trainer - to help others fast track success. Wherever you're coming from, I can almost guarantee that I've been in that place before.

Anyway, that's a bit about me and my journey to where I am now. A few key words that I've learned strongly apply to my fitness level, career, and life in general are commitment, prioritizing, consistency, and enjoyment. Know what you want and commit to it, prioritize how you're going to fit it in, be consistent with everything you do, and make sure you have a good time along the way.

Live Fit,
Max (September 2009)