It all started with a bad back. As a child, trainer Clint Bigham played in the same junior golf tournaments as Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. But when he injured his lower back at 18, he wound up in “too much pain and on too many prescription drugs.”
He continued to play golf – through the pain – and turned pro at the age of 20. But when his doctor declared that his only option was to undergo surgery, Clint knew that something had to change.
He put golf on the back burner and set out to heal himself, drug-free, by changing his lifestyle, taking up yoga and Pilates. After graduating from the University of San Diego in 2002 with a bachelor’ s degree in international business administration, Clint enrolled in a three-year yoga certification program while simultaneously learning Pilates.
Clint is a certified personal trainer through the Titleist Performance Institute, holds a Pilates and dance conditioning certification from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a Yoga Method Alliance certification, Artform® and BodyCode® certifications, and he continues his education in the Feldenkrais® Technique.
He credits mentor Gloria Gonzalez, founder of Eight Elements West in La Jolla, who gave him his first job teaching yoga and Pilates. Getting back in shape has helped him in many ways. Clint says he firmly believes that living a yogic lifestyle has brought him to where he is today. Conditioning his body – and teaching others how to treat their bodies like it’ s a precious monument – is his personal and professional mission.
“I’d rather be uncomfortable to force myself to work harder,” he says. “The bigger the obstacle, the more pressure, the harder I’ll have to work. I thrive on making the challenges in my life bigger so that I’ ll work harder.”