Adam learned how to instruct during his two enlistments in the Marine Corps from 1999 to 2006. He continued teaching as a contractor for the Army, specializing in land mine detection from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 Adam was certified as a Starting Strength Coach and Crossfit Level 1 coach. That year he began instructing groups at a local crossfit gym. Shortly after being certified, Adam organized a dedicated strength and barbell class. Adam opened Silverback Strength and Conditioning in May 2014.