In 2002, Jeff followed his passion for health and fitness by becoming a Personal Training Director for a national fitness and nutrition solutions company. He won the company's "Commitment to Excellence" award that year.
Jeff became an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer in 2005 and grew fascinated with exercise as it relates to posture and its effect on the human body. He found that most resistance training programs concentrated too heavily on building "mirror muscles" such as the chest and front of shoulders. These are muscles in the front of the body that are seen in the mirror and that get worked throughout the day during any forward motion such as driving, eating, and using the computer. As a result, these muscles tend to become overworked, short, and tight while opposing postural muscles in the mid-back and back-of-shoulders areas tend to become underworked, overstretched, and weak. This creates a muscle imbalance that contributes to poor posture and often leads to injury and pain usually in the back, shoulders, and neck.
In order to counteract this muscle imbalance, improve posture, and help avoid injury and pain, “mirror muscles” should be stretched more often and postural muscles should be strengthened more often. Ultimately, this will lead to less physical dysfunction and greater overall health.
Jeff kept studying and training while completing numerous continuing education courses on posture analysis and post rehab. He became an expert at assessing posture, detecting muscle imbalances, and developing exercise programs to correct these muscle imbalances and stabilize the body - specifically the core musculature (abdominals, obliques, hamstrings, and gluteals) and the spinal column consisting of the lumbar (lower back), thoracic (mid and upper back), and cervical (neck) areas.
He formed Posture Plus Fitness to share his knowledge and help people look and feel their absolute best by minimizing their pain and maximizing their function through a safe and effective exercise program and a healthy and fit lifestyle.
Jeff became a vegan in March 2012. He earned a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in June 2014, and a Forks Over Knives Plant-Based Certificate from Rouxbe Online Cooking School in July 2017.