Biohacking, or do-it-yourself biology, is concerned with making small, incremental diet or lifestyle changes to achieve improvements in your health and wellbeing, often with the aim of achieving optimum holistic health. Personal training is focused on designing a program of fitness and nutrition instruction that enables a person to achieve their ideal physique with improved levels of physical performance. When you put biohacking and personal training together you end up with a combination that can empower you to move beyond traditional outcomes. 

Personal training and getting into shape was something I invested more and more time into while building my MTA Portfolio. I did this as a part of improving my overall health, but also because I liked the challenge and seeing what my body was capable of doing. 

I also became increasingly interested in the concept of biohacking and the more I educated myself about do-it-yourself biology, the more I applied it to my physical and psychological development. 

Ultimately, all this practical experimentation on myself and the culmination of all the holistic health information I learned ended up forming the final project of my concentration in Public Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science. 

3 Courses

Science of Exercise

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Colorado Border

Started: 17/03/2018

Finished: 01/09/2020 

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Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Toronto

Started: 15/03/2019

Finished: 20/08/2019

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Biohacking Your Brain's Health

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Emory University

Started: 05/03/2019

Finished: 06/03/2019

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13 Books

The Biohacking Manifesto: The Scientific Blueprint for a Long, Healthy and Happy Life using Cutting Edge Anti-Aging and Neuroscience Based Hacks

Author: James Lee

Publisher: Stem Cell Media

Published: 2015

Started: 04/10/2017

Finished: 04/01/2019

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The First 20 Minutes: Exercise Better, Train Smarter and Live Longer

Author: Gretchen Reynolds

Publisher: Hudson Street Press

Published: 2012

Started: 27/06/2016

Finished: 02/09/2016

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Running with the Pack: Thoughts from the Road on Meaning and Mortality

Author: Mark Rowlands

Publisher: Granta Books

Published: 2014

Started: 31/11/2018

Finished: 09/01/2019

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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Knopf

Published: 2009

Started: 20/07/2019

Finished: 19/07/2019

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Author: Haruki Murakami

Publisher: Vintage

Published: 2009

Started: 09/08/2019

Finished: 09/08/2019

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Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human

Author: Vybarr Cregan-Reid

Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio

Published: 2016

Started: 08/09/2019

Finished: 09/09/2019

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Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 2015

Started: 15/08/2019

Finished: 30/09/2019

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Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

Author: Adharanand Finn

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 2012

Started: 14/10/2019

Finished: 23/10/2019

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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

Author: Christopher McDougall

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 2019

Started: 14/11/2019

Finished: 22/11/2019

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What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

Author: Scott Carney

Publisher: Foxtopus, Inc

Published: 2017

Started: 04/10/2019

Finished: 05/10/2019

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Instinctive Fitness - A re-evolutionary approach to diet and exercise

Author: Oliver Selway & Charlie Packer

Publisher: Columbus Publishing Services Ltd

Published: 2013

Started: 14/10/2019

Finished: 05/11/2019

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Wild Strength

Author: Ken Best

Publisher: Kindle

Published: 2013

Started: 06/11/2019

Finished: 03/12/2019

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Bigger Leaner Stronger: Building the Ultimate Male Body

Author: Michael Matthews

Publisher: Oculus Publishers

Published: 2015

Started: 16/06/2017

Finished: 20/06/2017

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3 Apps

Workout Trainer - Fitness Coach

Creator: Skimble

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Daily Yoga - Yoga Coach

Creator: Daily Yoga Culture Technology Co., Ltd

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Google Fit - Overall Fitness Tracker

Creator: Google

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There’s little in a gym that connects with a human being’s innate instincts, other than their unfortunate propensity to be attached towards the empty promise of a quick fix. That’s why it’s both so hard to get results and so hard to keep going.
Long before ‘normal’ people went to gyms, machines like the ones you see in every modern gym facility were developed for making muscles all big and puffy – for obtaining that certain macho appearance. People who like this look and adopted this hobby became known as ‘bodybuilders’. They are a very specific type of person with very specific needs: usually men looking or a very particular ‘extreme’ look. Bodybuilding isn’t about health, it isn’t about flexibility or stamina, energy or even strength, it’s just about huge muscles.
Bodybuilders don’t want to feel healthier. They don’t want to move better. They don’t even want to be any stronger. There’s nothing in particular they want to be able to do better except to look ‘buff’ in a tiny pair of shorts on the beach or in the locker rooms.

Oliver Selway & Charlie Packer, Instinctive Fitness: Leaner, Stronger, Happier, Fitter!, 2013:142