C. David Gilks was born in Newcastle, Canada in 1965 in a rural setting. His early experience in life was like so many, littered with numerous challenges, disappointments and dark moments, that would ultimately refine and shaped his character, preparing him for the work he was to do later in life.
At the age of 28, David found himself working in the south of Portugal, living unconsciously day to day, when he was hit by a terrifying realization that “if his presence did not make a difference, his absence would not be noticed.” After many years of hiding from life, David returned to Canada, and began to rewrite the story of his life.
David began his journey in natural health care, completing a three-year internship with accreditation as a chartered herbalist and a bio-kinesologist, along with a host of other natural healthcare modalities. From there, David ventured into the fitness industry, studying numerous aspects of health and wellness, to then become an internationally recognized fitness and health authority and wellness columnist. He went on to be mentored by Dr. Michael Jones, former professor at Berkley, in the world of rehabilitation, where David soon become one of the rising stars, successfully running his own private Medical Fitness centre for over sixteen years in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In his late 40’s David went on to compete as a natural bodybuilder, representing Canada in the IFBB Nationals in Quebec, and currently has received eleven trophies in first, second and third place finishes, all after the age of 47.