Up until the age of ten, I lived in the borough of Long Island in the state of New York. I lived in the suburbs of Deer Park, Brentwood, and Bay Shore (which is where my grandfather lived) and went to school in these areas up to the third or fourth grade. I spent a good handful of years living with my grandfather until my mom, brother and one of my sisters and I moved to California. As I remember, at five years old, I used to watch Jack Lalanne every morning before walking to school. I would see him standing straight and tall, a perfect example of the human physique. So you could say that this is where the element of fitness was seated for me and Jack Lalanne became my first fitness icon.