Author Rob

"My road to the fitness and supplement industry was long and winding. Following in my father and grandfather's footsteps, I pursued a degree in engineering. After graduating with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 2008, I made my living as an oil & gas engineering consultant designing everything from refinery pumping and piping equipment to full-blown offshore oil rigs. Although I had always been active in martial arts since childhood, I never caught the "lifting bug" until my grandfather's death in January 2010. From that day, there was a significant shift in my mindset towards health, fitness, and nutrition. Like many people, my entry into the lifting world was through some home workout DVDs which sparked my interest in nutrition and supplementation, and how that impacted workout performance and recovery. This led to endless hours devoted to reading, researching, and studying anything and everything I could get my hands on in regards to training, nutrition, and sports supplements -- all while still working 9-10 hours a day as a full-time engineer. This dual-sided life continued for 6 years until I decided to forego the stability and success I had experienced as an engineer and dive headfirst into a career as a full-time writer, researcher, and unabashed supplement geek. I do not regret my time spent engineering or the years of schooling it took to get there. If anything it prepared me for my current career and makes it that much easier to understand the rather "thick" material that comes with supplement research and distill it for the average person to understand. Since leaving the engineering world in March 2015, I don't feel like I've worked a day in my life. Funny how your view of "working" changes when you're pursuing your passion."