Adam Michael Brewer
About Adam: The Short Of It…
Adam Michael Brewer, wellness coach, meditation guide, mind/body group exercise specialist, and author has been personalizing conditioning programs for clients of all walks of life since 1990, including many of the sport & entertainment industries’ elite-athletes, actors, producers, musicians & artists. He is the owner of Adventure Boot Camp (WestsideBootcamp.com) in Santa Monica, CA.
Adam’s approach to wellness is a holistic integration of strength training, core conditioning, interval training, yoga and spirituality. He serves as a Trainer/Expert/Contributor to Turner Broadcasting’s wellness brand called upwave, has graced the cover of Runner’s World, created a series of fitness tips for the Tennis Channel, has been in the pages of Men’s Fitness, and featured in numerous ads and commercials for companies such as adidas, Nike, New Balance, Champion and Gatorade.
Adam attended Emory University, where he achieved an NCAA National singles ranking of #17 and doubles ranking of #9 in tennis. In soccer, he was a four year starter, two-time National Soccer Championship participant, and three-time University Athletic Associations Athlete of the week. His senior year he received the Russell Bridges Award, given to the University’s Best All-Around Male Athlete.
Adams holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and Master’s in Sport Management from The Ohio State University.
Certified Wellness Coach
Certified Adventure Fitness Trainer
Certified TRX Trainer
Certified Sport Yoga Instructor
Spencer Pilates (in progress)
USTA Sport Science Certification level 1&2
About Adam: The Long Of It…
My Backstory…”Walking the Path To Wellness”
I’d like to share some of my personal history with you to illustrate how my life has been the “proving ground” for all of my programs, ideas and insights that have led to my own very profound transformation.
I fully recognize that each individual’s life — physical, spiritual, mental, emotional — is as undeniably unique as a fingerprint. It is not my intention to convince you that my transformative path is the only path to walk, but that it is one among many possibilities. When we work together, we’ll create a comprehensive program tailor-made for you, based on your beliefs, thoughts, intentions and actions. Our objective will be to achieve YOUR personal transformation.
So on with the story…
All of my life I have been active and athletically inclined. Growing up in Ohio, I was a 3 sport high school varsity athlete participating in Soccer, Basketball and Tennis. I was named Northwest Ohio’s first ever Soccer All-American, named All-District in Basketball scoring over 1000 points over my 3 yrs of varsity action, and finished 3rd in the State in both singles and doubles in tennis.
While attending Emory University, I was program director for the adidas Tennis Camp. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, I moved back to Ohio and continued my academic pursuits at The Ohio State University, where I earned an M. A. in Sport Management. While in graduate school, I trained under tennis legend Marty Riessen, 3-time Grand Slam Champion, in advanced training methods for top-level tennis players. From there I went on to develop the training program for the Elite Junior Squads at The David Lloyd Clubs in London, England.
To Live and Die in LA
Upon returning from England in late 1996, I decided to pack my bags and move out to Los Angeles, CA. Admittedly my intention was to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. My plan was to chase this dream while supporting myself financially through teaching tennis and doing private training.
For a period of about 4 years, I had some moderate success in the areas of sport modeling and commercial work but nothing to really hang my hat on. I was featured on the cover of Runner’s World magazine, created a series of fitness tips for the Tennis Channel, was in the pages of Men’s Fitness, and in numerous ads and commercials for companies such as adidas, Nike, New Balance, Champion and Gatorade.
The Personal “Experiments” Begin
It was at this time that I came across three Masters in the fields of Sports Functionality and Fat Loss Training — Juan Carlos Santana, Mike Boyle and Alwyn Cosgrove. Inspired by their approaches, I furthered my training education by becoming certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. I completely tweaked my training philosophies and began to run my personal “Experiments”. I began to test out some new training protocols I was dreaming up. In short, I am and always have been my own guinea pig for the workouts I share with my clients.
The results were awesome. I knew I was on to something and shortly thereafter, I began to share what I called the Athletic Fitness Formula with others. It did wonders for my clients. The programs used a systematic, scientific, and progressive programming to optimize fat loss, enhance performance and sculpt the body.
During this period I was strength training 6 days/wk and doing cardio training 3 days a week…all the while eating like a house! At that time, I weighed in at 155 pounds and had about 4% body fat.
Here’s what that looked like:
About the eating thing…I want to be as transparent as possible. While I might have been the picture of optimal health…that was really only skin deep. You see, the reality is that the version of Adam you see in the picture above was eating Taco Bell 4-5 nights/wk….6 items were consumed in each of those dinners…3 bean burritos with no onions and easy cheese and 3 soft tacos. I cringe now thinking about that!!! On top of that, I was doing NO stretching or yoga. Not smart in either case and suffice it to say it was only a matter of time before this would catch up to me.
A Smarter Model Emerges
From 2003-2005 I was Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for the Loyola Marymount University Tennis Academy and developed core conditioning and functional training programs for LMU’s Women’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer and Men’s Baseball teams.
While at the University, I was asked to develop my first group exercise class for the Rec Center. It was going to be shared with the student body. Never having done a generalized group exercise class before, I was super nervous. In fact, after the first one, I left the room saying “I’ll never do that again!” But cooler heads prevailed and 2 days later I got back in there and gave it another go. The group class I created became a wildly popular circuit interval workout called Thrive45, with 50+ people in the room. It was truly awesome and opened the door to a smarter model (group classes) that would allow me to affect more lives. I was so inspired by the transformations that were occurring for participants, that I decided to write and self-publish a book (by the same name) which detailed the entire program. It was building quite a buzz and I was riding high.
On the surface it appeared as if I had everything in order. All my ducks were in a row and it was looking like things were about to take off, but you see this wasn’t the entire story. Behind the scenes, there was an inordinate amount of stress in my life…financial, nutritional, personal and spiritual…and on top of that I was living to feed my ego. Most of my identity was built on accolades and my physical appearance.
To make a long story short, my physical health started to deteriorate…because of all the crummy food I had been consuming, my digestion had become severely screwed up and my body began to ache. Ultimately my body broke down and I started to experience serious back problems…my health was trending downward. I am now quite confident that it was the eating and lack of stretching that had a major role to play in it.
Here’s the deal — we can only take so much stress in our lives before we start to “breakdown” and in my case, I had just about all I could handle.
Something had to give and that’s when it happened…
The Game Changer
In the fall of 2005, I was in the gym working out doing some chest-flys when all of a sudden I felt something “slip” in my mid-spine. I couldn’t move my head without feeling like my spinal column was going to collapse. It was excruciating discomfort and I was scared to death. To make a long story short, I had to step aside from all private training of others as well as any training for myself for about 6 months.
Western doctors weren’t really optimistic about my situation. An MRI, medication, and physical therapy were prescribed. Little did I know that at this moment my internal compass was turning to the East.
A few days before I was to have my MRI, one of my tennis clients led me to his wife, an Ayurvedic Master Healer by the name of Martha Soffer, owner of Surya Spa in the Pacific Palisades. I was willing to try anything and so I went to see her. Within one session I was feeling incredible relief…I can honestly say that it was in the initial four-hour treatment, that for the first time in my life, I felt true peace, surrender and unconditional love. Through a combination of massage, acupuncture, major nutritional changes, and love, I began to heal from the inside out.
A New Chapter Begins
For about the next 3 years I fell deeply in love with mediation and yoga. As I let my body heal, I opened myself to a spiritual path that would change my life forever…I began to “religiously” practice the scientific meditation technique of Kriya Yoga as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of The Self Realization Fellowship and Goswami Kriyananda, founder of The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. My life now revolved around introspection, contemplation, and self-realization and I immersed myself in all things related to spirituality and conscious evolution. I gleaned great wisdom from the writings and teachings of Neale Donald Walsch, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Don Miguel Ruiz, Caroline Myss, Marianne Williamson, Donna Farhi, and Ken Wilber.
As far as exercising went, this time around I decided to take a new route. I began practicing yoga 6 days/wk (no strength training) with incredible teachers such as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Saul David Raye, Hala Khouri, Govindas, and Anaswara.
It was during this time (Fall of 2007) that I professionally created Westside Adventure Boot Camp (now called Adam Michael Brewer’s Adventure Boot Camp), an outdoor group exercise program that really began to take off, working with about 50-60 campers/month.
But then it happened again! Something in my spine gave out, and I felt like my physical body was once again back to square one, except this time around I developed a true fear associated with movement. I continued to meditate (I truly believe this was the saving grace that pulled me through this period). I began to realize that my path to wellness was going to require a integrative holistic approach which would combine the strengths of my yoga practice with modern core conditioning techniques.
Nevertheless, at that time (Fall of 2008) I had to stop all forms of movement and was living with a great deal of pain, sleeping only about 2-3 hrs/night. My weight plummeted to 138 lbs and I felt like I was slowly “going away” and I was losing everything on which I had built my “identity”.
Here’s what that looked like:
A Spiritual Awakening
But something inside me wasn’t ready to give up. Through a series of synchronicities, I created a healing team around me. I enlisted the help of a massage therapist, a yoga therapist, a psychotherapist, and a nutritionist to form what I called Team Brewer and that’s when the real transformation began.
Slowly but surely there was an awakening occuring…parts of me that had been wounded…physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually were now mended and a new identity began to emerge, and a fire was ignited in me which wanted to be fueled with joy, connection, inclusion and love.
Moving in the direction of my new found desire to live and be joy, once again through a series of synchronicities, in the Fall of 2010 life lead me to the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, CA. Founded by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, this trans-denominational movement and community espouses the teachings and practices of New Thought-Ageless Wisdom, namely meditation, prayer, visioning, sacred service and fellowship, and takes a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet. In short, I found my home in LA!
While at Agape (Fall of 2011) I had the good fortune of meeting an enlightened Himalayan Kriya Yoga Master by the name of Yogiraj Siddhanath, and was gifted with a direct transmission of his own Samadhi (enlightened state) of peaceful bliss-consciousness…simply put, the experience was beyond words…it literally blew my mind. I was up-leveled in consciousness while simultaneously being deeply grounded in the physical form. This “experience” affirmed for me that the our physical form is fleeting, but our spiritual being is forever. My life would never be the same.
As I continued my daily practice of meditation, a dynamic peace permeated my being as I became more and more profoundly rooted in my at-onement with spirit and all of life. I now know that it is a privilege to be on this planet having a human incarnation…we owe it to ourselves to take care of our bodies, minds and souls…be it through the type of exercise we do, the nutrition with which we feed our body, and the way we fuel our soul.
So, jump several years ahead to today. I’ve put on 20 pounds of lean muscle, once again weigh 155 lbs, I’m feeling healthier than ever, I’m eating about 90% vegetarian/vegan, and my group classes and personal training business are thriving. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually I found my center again.
Here’s what that looks like:
My “personal” wellness program as well as my fitness/wellness programs for my clients naturally became a fusion of all that had led me to this point…a holistic integration of strength training, core conditioning, mobilization, yoga, meditation and spirituality.
I live each and everyday with gratitude, enthusiasm, and wonder. I feel so blessed to be doing what I’m doing.
Wishing you abundant health and happiness,
Adam Michael Brewer