Rad grew up in the northern NSW countryside with his family. During this time he developed a deep connection with nature. Growing up in a small community had a lasting impact on the man his is today.
The experience became a pivotal moment, altering his approach to exercise forever.
As a teenager, at age 17 Kung Fu became his obsession. However, at age 19 he sustained a life changing injury, tearing his (Lanfranc) ligament in the right foot. The severity of completely rupturing the largest and highest load-bearing ligament of the foot required reconstructive surgery to repair.
Post surgery Rad adopted a more cautious approach to his own exercise, developing a higher degree of respect for a progressive training process and also a high level of admiration for educated practitioners.
Rad’s steadfast approach to rehabilitation and education lead to a miracle (full) recovery, (in the words of his surgeon), allowing him to continue with his Kung Fu training, with little – if any – ongoing complications. Identifying a consistent trend in his physical hobbies, At age 27 Rad made the decision to became a personal trainer, and along with his brother Yani, founded Global Fitness Personal Training in 2004.
Three years into the partnership Rad sought personal development that business couldn’t provide, and at age 30, chose to join the army as an Infantry Soldier. After 4 years of service and three overseas deployments Rad re-joined his brother to launch Unity Gym in 2013.
As an infantry soldier, often deployed to remote jungles and forced to hump on foot carrying upwards of 60 kilograms of military gear for days he was coerced to find unconventional ways to exercise.
During these deployments he grew extremely fond of calisthenics, or body weight training methods, which required minimal equipment. A simple set of gymnastics rings fit easily into his pack, and provided everything he needed to remain strong.
Rad has since developed an obsession with movement practices that disrupts the status quo. A passion that has helped to forge the Foundation Movement System now used at Unity Gym.