Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Joe Green

by on August 16th, 2016

Joe Green, Personal Trainer Mechanicsburg, PA

Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Joe Green.

INTERVIEW w/ Joe Green, Personal Trainer.
Training Location: Harrisburg,PA

Meet Leisure Fitness Wellness Partner & Featured Trainer: Joe Green

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Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I became physically active at the age by participating in organized sports.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I played football in high school.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting?
While working in insurance I was sent to the home office wherein I studied and received training equivalent to a degree in exercise science.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I utilize Cross Country Education because it allows me to focus my attention on very specific areas relevant to the populations of clients that I work with.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
I utilize the skills and principles associated with corrective exercise and functional movement.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
I am very teacher oriented. I enjoy explaining and teaching my clients while empowering them with the skills and knowledge to participate in improving their health and fitness.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
All clients must participate in a health and fitness assessment and obtain their physician’s written approval.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
Majority of my clients are scheduled twice a week.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I primarily work with women, mature adults including seniors, youthful athletes, post rehab referrals and those facing chronic pain or illness. The clients I see are interested in restoring and/or improving their health.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (Americal Council on Exercise – ACE, N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
I am certified through AAAI-ISMA.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
I create individual programs for each and every client based upon the results of the initial health and fitness assessment. This gives me the ability to customize and adapt exercises to meet the needs of each individual with the highest degree of accuracy and specificity possible. When it comes to tracking my clients progress… It’s all about the systems. I have a system for each of the populations that I work with which is comprised of exercises, exercise goals, monitoring and tracking results, follow up and evaluation. I refer to it as a “Healthy Report Card.”

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
I work with injury on a regular basis and I always start with a health and fitness assessment along with written approval from my client’s physician. I supply an approval form which asks the doctor to note any limitations, concerns, etc relative to the health and/or participation of their patient in an exercise program. The health and fitness assessment helps me to evaluate and determine the exercises that will work best to help prevent or resolve injury.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
I do stay on top of those trends that are especially relative to the populations I work with. I feel it is part of my responsibility to be informed so that I can answer questions and make true and accurate recommendations. I research, network with complimentary professionals, attend seminars, workshops and read publications and news pieces to stay current.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Absolutely, professional liability insurance is a must.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
I decided to pursue this profession as a full time career because I knew that I could make a difference in the lives of those searching for a better quality of health and fitness. I felt as though my unique integrative approach was needed and that it would be embraced in the medical community. Glad I did.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Michael Katz

by on August 9th, 2016

Michael Katz, Personal Trainer Huntingdon, PA

Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Michael Katz.

INTERVIEW w/ Michael Katz, Personal Trainer.
Training Location: Huntingdon Valley,PA

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I have been physically active for most of my life. My father was very athletic and by the age of 6, I was a very comfortable ocean swimmer.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
In high school, I played football. In college, my freshman year I attended a large state university and was on the school’s diving team. I transferred to a small liberal arts college in my sophomore year and became involved in martial arts, competing in intercollegiate competitions and ultimately becoming the team captain. I also picked up scuba diving in college, obtaining my open water certification which led to more advanced certifications including that of a rescue diver. Throughout college, I also participated regularly in strength training with free weights and a cardiovascular fitness program based on running.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting?
In college, I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University and subsequently obtained a Juris Doctor Degree from Temple University School of Law. While these degrees are not directly connected to the fitness industry, my undergraduate studies provided a solid foundation in understanding behavioral motivation and change relevant to assisting fitness clients in adopting and adhering to a program of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Behavior change theory and strategies are a critical component to the success of anyone seeking to achieve their fitness and health goals. My law degree and years of practice as an attorney have enabled me to develop the skills needed to listen attentively to clients, identify issues of relevance and importance to them and come up with creative solutions designed to achieve desired outcomes.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
As a Certified Personal Trainer, I am required to meet the continuing education requirements of a number of organizations in order to maintain my credentials. These organizations include the American Council on Exercise for my Personal Trainer Certification, Mad Dogg Athletics for my certification as a Spinning instructor and American Heart Association for my CPR/AED certification. During the course of each year, I participate in workshops, classes and fitness conferences offered through these organizations and also available through my membership in the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, including course work leading to advanced certifications. I also take full advantage of articles, magazines and periodicals published by these organizations both online and in print so as to maintain awareness, insight and knowledge about the latest trends and research in fitness.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
I offer my clients a broad array of training modalities ranging from free weight strength training, TRX suspension training, bodyweight based training and outdoor obstacle course training. The specific training program I structure for my clients is based on their individual needs and goals. All of the training I offer my clients, from traditional strength training to bodyweight training, is grounded in concepts of functional strength and the ability to safely move our bodies through multiple planes of motion. The programs I structure also include cardiovascular and flexibility training so that a client receives a balanced program that meets all three dimensions of fitness: strength, cardio and flexibility.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My coaching style is one of encouragement. I work hard at getting to know my clients, listening to what is important to them in their journey of fitness and health, what their priorities are and understanding what obstacles and frustrations in their lives may interfere with achieving their goals. I work through an interactive process of instructing and guiding clients in developing strategies that will enable them to achieve their objectives. My coaching, of course, includes appropriate programming and instruction in exercise designed to achieve a client’s specific goals but I provide an approach that goes far beyond just the mechanics of working out. My goal is to assist my clients in making lifestyle changes that will promote fitness and health throughout their lives.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
All of my clients undergo a health and exercise history screening based on comprehensive questionnaires, surveys and onsite physiological data collection. Where appropriate, I request my clients to have their doctors provide medical clearance to participate in a structured exercise program and to provide any relevant medical limitations or conditions that impact on appropriate programming. In addition, I conduct postural, mobility, movement and strength screening with all of my clients to identify joint and body segment alignment issues, muscular weaknesses and compensations that will benefit from remediation designed to create a strong structural foundation for effective and safe training.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
The frequency with which I see my clients is driven by their desires, needs and availability. My preference is to see my clients at least twice a week so as to promote consistency in the implementation of the program I design for them. My goal, however, is to help my clients develop self sufficiency in their fitness programs. I am delighted to have my clients come to me as frequently as they like. But more importantly, I want to give them the tools and knowledge to maintain a fitness lifestyle outside of my studio, whether it be at home in their home gyms, at a big box gym where they are unsupervised and left to their own devices or when they are traveling for business or pleasure.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I work with a broad variety of clients from their mid-30’s to mid-60’s, from those who are seeking specific performance goals to those seeking to simply be fit, healthy and better able to enjoy daily life activities and recreational pursuits. Some of my clients are seeking to build muscle mass and strength and some are seeking healthy weight loss and weight management, utilizing sound nutritional concepts plus individualized exercise programming to meet their goals.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (American Council on Exercise – ACE, N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
My certifications are as follows:
Certified Personal Trainer – American Council on Exercise
Functional Training Specialty Certification – American Council on Exercise
Spinning Instructor Certification – Mad Dogg Athletics
TRX Suspension Training Qualified – TRX

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
Individual client charts are maintained and updated after each session. Programming is based on identifying specific, measurable and relevant goals that can be attained within realistic time frames. Concepts of periodization are used to structure programs where appropriate. Where clients are interested in body composition metrics, ultrasound technology is utilized on a periodic basis and the results are charted for the client.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
The assessments I perform on each new client are designed to identify postural and muscular imbalances, compensations and existing injuries throughout the kinetic chain. The results serve as the foundation for subsequent programming so that problem areas can be addressed and injuries avoided. If the results suggest there is an existing problem that requires the expertise of a physician or Physical Therapist, this is discussed with the client. I then coordinate what I do in the studio with the recommendations of the medical professional. During each training session and in the instruction and implementation of each exercise, emphasis is put on proper form to avoid injuries. In addition, all programming emphasizes core conditioning and flexibility designed to avoid common lower back and shoulder injuries. I also routinely seek client feedback about each exercise a client performs so that I am attuned to their perceptions of exertion.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
As note above, through my continuing education process, membership in fitness professional organizations, online and print subscriptions to industry periodicals, magazines, and articles which I review on virtually a daily basis, I am exposed to new and developing trends and current research.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
I am insured through Philadelphia Insurance Companies which provides specialty insurance for Personal Trainers. My limits of liability coverage are $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 aggregate.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
I was raised with the fundamental values of making a contribution to the quality of people’s lives. Throughout my life, I have had a passion for fitness and health. The fitness profession was a natural “marriage” of the two.
When I entered the fitness profession, I chose to call my business “Odyssey Strength and Fitness Studio”. The name resonated not only with my philosophy of fitness and health but also with what I hope to provide to my clients.

“Odyssey: an extended adventurous journey or experience;
a spiritual quest for discovery.”

The above sums up in a nutshell my philosophy of fitness and health. Life is not static; it is filled with change. How we meet those changes head on and embrace them helps define who we are. While this precept is applicable to our lives in general, it has particular application to how we define what it means to be strong, fit and healthy.

Our fitness goals, needs and desires change over time and our fitness programming must evolve to remain relevant, dynamic and appropriate. Through embracing change, we can maintain and grow in strength, muscle tone, cardio-respiratory capacity and flexibility. We can remain strong, healthy, injury free and able to enjoy all of the life activities with friends and family that are important to us.
It is this approach to fitness that I offer my clients. Regardless of your age, based on understanding your goals, desires, needs and what is relevant to your lifestyle, I will guide you through a comprehensive individualized program of fitness that will enable you to fully enjoy your life and keep things exciting!

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Mike Gannon

by on July 18th, 2016

Mike Gannon Fitness, X Fit for Success, Reston, Virginia
Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Mike Gannon.

INTERVIEW w/ Mike Gannon, Personal Trainer.
Training Location: Reston,VA

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I have been physically active since I was a little youngster. I always loved playing sports, running and testing my abilities to perform.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I was actively involved in baseball, tennis and golf. I wrestled and played on the high school tennis team as well as trained with the Junior Davis cup tennis team.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting?
I earned my degree in Human Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at Virginia Tech. I also placed runner up at the first Virginia Tech body building championship.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I have kept up with continuing education in the areas of nutrition and exercise science. I’ve also expanded my capabilities to serve my clients by becoming a certified success coach, thus allowing me to help them work through behaviors, beliefs and attitudes that hold them back from achieving their goals. Mental training serves as a big adjunct to the overall success of their program.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
My years of experience in weight loss, bodybuilding and strength training has allowed me to expand my specialty in the areas of sports specific training and performance, exercise rehabilitation and mental training. As a nutritionist I help athletes and clients alike make wise food choices. I also bring into play sports nutrition and nutrient timing to enhance energy and recovery. I’m a firm believer in creating congruence among all the training variables to assure my clients attains the greatest success in the shortest amount of time. My greatest passion is witnessing their progress change before my eyes. Results!

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My strength as a trainer/success coach is my ability to listen and observe minute details. I first acutely observe what the client really wants (often it is more than just a performance outcome) and get down to what really inspires them to seek the results they are looking for. I let them know it is a team effort and together we will work through and communicate what needs to be known so that we can make the necessary changes that propel us to the desired outcome the client seeks. My greatest strength is my commitment to purpose. I hold with conviction the outcome we want to attain and do whatever it takes safely and effectively to help the client reach their goals. Plus, I like to work with clients who like to have fun and laugh along the way.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
Yes, I find it very important to know what pre-existing conditions I need to work with that has to be taken into consideration before we start training. I have vast experience working with a variety of issues such as joint injuries and mobility; high blood pressure and cholesterol, asthma, metabolic and eating disorders, posture and spinal issues, balance and flexibility and of all things, holding the baby so mommy can do her workout.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
I train clients from once, twice to three times a week. All depends on the availability of my schedule as well as the time objective and commitment the client is willing to make.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I never know what challenges come my way but I have clients that come for a variety of reasons and issues. The beauty is with over 3 decades of experience I feel confident in my abilities to address any challenges. Most common objective my clients want are weight loss, strength and muscle toning, diet and nutrition guidance. Training for sports performance with professional athletes and teenagers, injury rehabilitation, mental training (includes but not limited to behavior re-patterning, peak performance and creating successful mindset training) and simply looking and feeling better about themselves for health reasons are quite common.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
In addition to my degree in nutrition and exercise science, I am certified as a personal trainer with the national academy of sports medicine. I was also on their staff as a trainer training the trainers. I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the national strength and conditioning association. Also a certified golf fitness trainer. In the mental training department, I am a certified success and life coach with success unlimited network. I’m certified as an NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and a certified hypnotherapist. I am well adept in the understanding of quantum physics and how our thoughts create and affect not only our bodies but our life. I am an award winning author of the book “If These Ears Could Sing!” A book about the law of attraction in action.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
It varies according to the clients needs. Measurements and documentation are done when written progress are required. Client programming is done according to the collective training agenda set by the client. My approach remains flexible, purposeful and focused.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
My motto ever since I have started my career is “safety first!” Injuries are the bane of progress. I feel I have mastered the art of minimizing and preventing possible injuries before they occur. My attention to detail and knowing what to look for is a strong suit any client can feel comfortable about when working with me.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
Every day I make the effort to stay current and learn something new. Stagnation is not an option and I love learning things that can make a better trainer for my clients.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Yes

-Why did you embark in this profession?
I believe anything is possible and starting at a young age on my own self improvement journey, I have embraced the learning of being the best I can be body, mind and spirit. And as such, I am inspired to do the same for others.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Jenna Scott

by on June 29th, 2016

Jenna Scott - New Jersey Fitness Trainer - Leisure Fitness
Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Jenna Scott.

INTERVIEW w/ Jenna Scott, Personal Trainer.
Training Location: Morristown, NJ

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I have been into sports since I can remember. Whether it was earning a position on the boys team, or just playing with friends, I always wanted to be out doing something. I started to gain an interest in weight training in high school, however, I did not start consistently programming myself until after college.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I was a soccer goalie, tennis player, and lacrosse player throughout college.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting?
Actually….I was a philosophy major! I knew I had my whole life to be active and learn about the human body. I chose to do something in college I felt I might not have the chance to do again.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I do much of my continued education through my certification, ACE. I also enjoy reading articles ranging from new studies in exercise programming to nutrition, and behavioral therapy.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
I do not specialize in a specific training style. My style depends on my client’s goals and needs.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My coaching style is also dependent on the client. However, I am there to push the client past the point she would push herself. How we get there might change day to day.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
Absolutely! I gather a variety of data points, including a health history form from my clients. If you do not collect data points, how would one know what goals to set, and how to measure progress?

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
I normally see clients 2-3 times per week. If a client is unable to commit to that many sessions, I tend to write up a home program for the client to do at home or at the gym.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I work with a variety of clients including pre/post natal, post surgical, weight related issues, event specific training, and general fitness.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
American Council on Exercise

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
I first collect as much past and current information from the client as I can. After gathering that information, I do a performance evaluation which includes: Weight and body fat, blood pressure, resting heart rate, and chest waist hip measurements. I then take the client through a series of exercises to evaluate muscular strength and imbalances. Based on this information, I write a program for the client. My typical programs last about four weeks, and then we re-evaluate.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
Communication! I am constantly asking my clients how they feel, or if something doesn’t feel right. I also tell my clients to contact me at anytime if something is bothering them. Finally, I like to work hand in hand with other specialists ( physical therapists, orthopedic specialists…). This way I can refer clients when necessary.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
Yes and No. Yes, I love to read about the latest studies and research within the fitness industry. No, I tend to not do “fad” workouts. I stick with the basics…they have been around the longest, and provide the best results.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Yes

-Why did you embark in this profession?
I realized that personal training was my ideal profession for two reasons, I love to be around people, and I love to be active. I honestly feel lucky to have found my passion in training. Everyday, I am able to put on some great music, bring a client through a great workout, and then hopefully have them leave our session feeling better than when they stepped in the door!

Jenna Scott Fitness Website: http://www.jscottfitnessnj.com
Facebook: J Scott Fitness

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Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Joseph L. Stein

by on October 29th, 2015

Joseph L. Stein, Leave the Cannoli, Take the WeightsLeisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Joseph L. Stein.

INTERVIEW w/ Joseph L. Stein, Personal Trainer.
Training Location – Eatontown, NJ Market

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
12 years old.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
Tennis, wrestling and gymnastics.

-What was your focus in the academic setting?

  • Seton Hall University, BS 1977
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University: MBA 1980
  • Certified through American Council on Exercise as both a Personal Trainer and a Health Coach.
  • Also certified by the American Academy of Fitness Professionals as a Post-Rehab Technician.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
Online and in a class setting.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
Functional fitness, Baby Boomers and Weight Management.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
I have a flexible style to embrace whatever will work with a particular client. I’ve been called a “sweet and sensitive guy” as well as the hybrid of Jack LaLanne and Don Corleone.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
Absolutely. Sometime consults with a client’s doctor, PT or chiropractor are helpful as well. Prime directive: Do no harm. Second directive: Develop and administer highly-tailored, effective programming.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
Sometimes once a week, sometimes twice, sometimes three times.

I also offer Fitness & Lifestyle coaching, either done in person or via Skype or Facetime on a once monthly basis.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
Professionals, C-Suite leaders, entrepreneurs and sales executives. These folks, often with their spouses, are looking for a competitive edge in life and work. The links between human physical performance and organizational performance are deeply intertwined.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
American Council on Exercise and the American Academy of Fitness Professionals.

In addition, I hold 4 Specialty Certificates.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?

  • Detailed exercise tracking charts
  • Client interviews and feedback
  • Biomarkers, such as % body fat and BMI
  • Standardized testing
  • Wearable fitness technology, such as FitBit

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
Careful, conservative progress, combined with feedback. Fitness is a journey, not a destination. The journey is a marathon, not a sprint.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
Yes indeed. I read over 100 ezines, blogs and hardcopy magazines each month. I also write a newspaper column on fitness and produce 1 to 2 blogs per month.

Between Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, I cannot even begin to calculate how much content I consume.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Absolutely, as well as Workmen’s Comp.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
Both my parents died in their 50s from lifestyle-related illnesses. I walk the walk as well as talk the talk so that I and others may live long and prosper.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Russ Moon

by on September 25th, 2015

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Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Russ Moon.

INTERVIEW w/ Russ Moon, Personal Trainer.
Training Location: Richmond, VA

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
5 years old, I started biking and performing push-ups. My father was an All-Conference Defense Tackle at VA Tech and my uncle was a Division I Strength Coach at Duke and UVA so I was surrounded by role models in terms of being active and becoming strong.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I played football in high school and was selected as the first person in my high school’s history to be selected 1st Team All-State (Defensive Tackle) and also selected to play in the East vs.West All-Star Game. I attended football camp every year from 4th-12th grade, met multiple World Champions in Powerlifting and they programmed my off-season weight training. I trained year round and spent a great deal of time in the weight room and conditioning myself. My bodyweight went from 144 as a freshmen to 218 as a senior. My benchpress from 135 as a freshmen to 385 as a junior, I learned how to become strong and conditioned.

-What was your focus in the academic setting?
I initially went to The Citadel for business and received by Bachelors of Sciences in Business Administration, since then I received my Master’s of Business Administration from Strayer University and graduated with academic honors.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I do a great deal of research and reading to stay abreast of areas which interest me and hold value for myself or students. When I find an area that I believe has tremendous value then I invest. The more I know and can apply the better I can serve my clients. So I work at both learning new things and practicing actually using the education until I have the new material fully in my toolbox.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
My training background includes bodybuilding, powerlifting, kettlebells, bodyweight, tubes, machines, TRX, Crossfit so my style is a hybrid of everything I have learned in those disciplines applied to what my student’s goals are. Once I have identified what the students goal is in terms of what they want to achieve, then we have some discussion on different ways to attain that goal. It helps to enjoy the work you are doing when pursuing a goal, so I lay out options to allow them to choose if they want to.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
Cheerleader – It is important to provide feedback to help your student understand when they are doing things right and when they need to refine their technique. Praise is earned. I do look for students doing things right or attempting to. As a former Airborne paratrooper, the “drill sergeant” mode has been there a long time, it is there if I need it. If someone needs some candor or firmness I can definitely provide that in a professional manner. My preference is to inspire them to want to do it for themselves.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
Yes, it is part of understanding the person you are working with. Are they cleared for a fitness program by their physician ? What is their injury history ? How do they feel right now ? It normally starts very general and as the person talks about themselves it becomes more specific. It is important to me to understand the person as that will influence the type of exercises, nutrition, mobility, recovery work we need to do based on their personal needs.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
It depends on the client. Some want frequent interaction and others want to learn the new program, go off on their own and then discuss as they go along their progress. We discuss up front what the clients needs are and that drives their frequency.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
Very broad scope – people who wanted to become healthier and fit, people coming back after surgery or illness, former collegiate athletes who want to feel more of their athleticism again, professional athletes who wanted to learn how to work with their body and gain a competitive edge in their sport, beginners who are serious and interested in learning things correctly. I really enjoy helping people reach their goals and feel better.Some people seek me out because they specifically want to know about the TRX or kettlebell or they want me to write their program.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
I went the specialty route initially – Crossfit kettlebell Instructor, HKC Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge, Crossfit Trainer LI, StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, TRX Group Suspension Training Course. I am now in the process of becoming certified through the American Council on Exercise.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
The program is customized to the client’s current state in terms of what they need right now to start moving them towards the goal. Programming is a strength for me. Decades of experimenting combined with formal study under some very global elite level people. If your program is horrible or inappropriate you are doomed. If your program is awesome you really have an opportunity to excel. We measure what is important. I do look at the numbers, we review them and everyone knows where we stand.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
So far with over 6,500 students trained 0 injuries. Very proud of that. Safety/Performance are intertwined. The same technique which keeps you safe enhances performance. We work on that. I am empathetic to injuries and the rehab process due to my own personal experiences and working in a sports medicine office. When you see how much work is involved in rehab, it certainly makes a strong case to include work which prevents injury. All of my students have this as part of their program, you cannot gain when injured. It makes total sense from a health and results standpoint to perform your body maintenance.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
I network with a really broad spectrum of professionals, we exchange experiences and that is a good place to put your finger on the pulse of what the trends are. We also discuss research to keep up. I continue to study what the elite are doing and how that could be scaled to help a beginner.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
I am covered through use of a waiver of liability and will purchase liability insurance through the American Council on Exercise.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
Training for me has been a life long journey. I learned early on that I wanted to know the proper way to do things. When people who know take the time to show you things that cut years off your learning curve you are grateful. It makes me want to provide that feeling for someone else. Help them learn, help them feel what it is like to triumph.

Sri Lanka Foundation of Goodness - Seenigama, Sri Lanka after a Strength and Conditioning presentation/instruction, this was about 2 weeks ago.

Sri Lanka Foundation of Goodness – Seenigama, Sri Lanka after a Strength and Conditioning presentation/instruction, this was about 2 weeks ago.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Jane McKenna

by on August 28th, 2015

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Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Jane Mckenna.

INTERVIEW w/ Jane V. Mckenna, National Academy on Sports Medicine – Personal Trainer.
Training Location – Potomac, MD

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I grew up in a family that was super active. My father ran long distance before it was popular. I would hear him get up and eventually I started running races when I was in grade school. I learned to swim when I was four and joined the local swim team in the summer. During the school year, I had ran on the track team, played basketball and softball. My parents stayed in fantastic shape even in their senior years, so they were great examples and I loved both team and individual sports.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I played basketball on a all girl’s team at a Catholic High School outside of Washington, DC. I was a guard. My school also had a Tae Kwon Do instructor and I started martial arts training when I was 14. I also started training for the NY City Marathon when I was in high school, planning to run it in college. I now have my First Degree Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do and I have run 17 marathons. In college I ran my first NY City Marathon, training before and after classes at the University of MD. During college, I continued my martial arts training while I got my degree in Criminology.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting? (degrees in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, etc.)
No, my degree is in Criminology and Political Science.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I take Continuing Education through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. (NASM). I also attend Self-Defense seminars, taught by recognized leaders in the Martial Arts Industry. I also study Cane-Fu, which is Self-Defense using a cane.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
Yes, I concentrate on Senior Fitness, Fitness for those in Assisted Living Programs and Aging in Place fitness programs. I also train young women before they attend college and teach safety programs/self-defense for business owners.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My style encompasses the Positive approach, I am committed to helping others want to reach their goals through positive reinforcement and an environment of self-esteem.I want my clients to look forward to working out, not be afraid of our appointment.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
My strategy is always to do a Health Assessment prior to our first training session. I spend a minimum of an hour and half, discussing not just about my client’s fitness and general healthy, but also about what is going on in their life. Major changes are important for me to be aware of, and I want to be informed to be aware of stress, sleep and lifestyle to help me plan their Plan.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
I see the majority of my clients once a week. Some clients need more sessions in the first few weeks, 2x a week to get them on a schedule and to keep motivation high.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I specialize in Senior clients, many whom have recently retired or thinking about this major life change. Most want to lose weight and get in shape for the first time in their life. They want to be able to play tennis, golf, perhaps run a 5K. I also have developed a program for Seniors with limited income to stay or even become independent in their own homes. With these clients, I teach balance, strength training and confidence to live in homes with stairs, carry groceries, and be in control of daily living activities.

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
I am certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, N.A.S.M.
I am also certified through N.A.S.M. as a Weight Loss Specialist and a Senior Fitness Specialist. I also am a “Cane-Master”, teaching Combat Veterans to use their cane as a weapon, not a crutch, defending themselves with their cane. I study with internationally recognized masters in this field.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
I create a personal folder for each client. This folder/information includes data from my initial assessment and has goals and tailored exercises created specifically for the clients needs. This can include current weight, identification of goals and progress in our sessions, including weight loss, goal achievements.I also send customized exercises after our sessions, noting any regression or progress.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
To prevent injuries, I stress the importance of warming up, not over-doing the program we’ve initiated and being aware of their limitation within their goals. If an injury does occur, I postpone the session and encourage my clients to see their physician immediately and always stress rest is key. I encourage good nutrition and stay on track on diet and rest.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
Yes,I belong to a local health club and network with their personal trainers. I go to Personal Training Seminars through the N.A.S.M. programs, I subscribe to many Fitness magazines including The Training Edge. I read all the books on fitness and nutrition so I stay informed of fads and proven methods for staying healthy and staying fit.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Yes, I have policies for both Personal Training clients and my self-defense clients.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
In college, I successfully fought off a serial rapist while I was training for a marathon. I knew being fit helped saved my life. I knew I was good at motivating and sharing information and teaching others to feel good and look good. I wanted to help people not be afraid of life, to enjoy being healthy and stay strong, no matter what age. People always ask me how I stay in shape, because I am the same weight as I was in high school. I wanted to tell how they can do it too.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Michael Paff

by on July 1st, 2015

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Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Michael Paff.

INTERVIEW w/ Michael Paff, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer:
Training Location: Westwood, NJ

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
Pretty young; I was enrolled in a town sponsored gymnastics program around the time I started school/kindergarten.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I played mainstream sports during school (i.e. baseball, football). Martial Arts have been my preference since grade school, though.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting? (degrees in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, etc.)
I have some basic, academic science. Mainly through classes, seminars, reading and other self education now coupled with twenty years experience.

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I generally seek out continuing education from NCCA accredited providers, as well as allied professions continuing education classes.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
Functional Movement Training and Corrective Exercise are the overarching styles; working mainly with post rehabilitative clients and the older adult.

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
My coaching style is mutable. I will seek to discover ways to encourage, support and motivate the client, that works for that client.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
Every client goes through a mandatory evaluation and screening process.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
Clients sessions occur two to four time per week.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
I work only with goal oriented clients. Some may have a timeline (i.e. wedding, race, reunion). Others may be seeking to return to, or maintain regular activities after a health or medical issue (i.e. joint replacement, general surgery, stroke, etc.)

Professional obligations:
-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
The American Council on Exercise is my certifying organization.

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
Progress can be checked and measured by weighing, bioelectric impedance, girth measurements, etc.

-What is your strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries?
Movement based, functional training is part of each client’s foundational learning.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
Monthly professional publications, general news, research studies relevant to what I do; are just a few of the things that keep me up to date.

-Do you hold liability insurance?
I do.

-Why did you embark in this profession?
Originally, in the 90’s, it was a natural progression based on previous life experiences and occupation. Once I got clear on the impact it made on the client and the people in their life, I was hooked.

Leisure Fitness Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Michael Hartman

by on April 23rd, 2015

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Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Michael Hartman.

INTERVIEW w/ Michael Hartman, NSCA­CPT and AFPA Certified Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant:
Training Location – Wyomissing, PA

Background:
-At what age did you become physically active?
I started playing sports at 5.

-Did you play sports in high school and/or college?
I played Baseball from 5 years old to 18. I also played football in middle school and high school.

-Did you study health and fitness in an academic setting? (degrees in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, etc.)
I hold a B.S. Kinesiology from Penn State University

-How do you seek out continuing education?
I must complete 18 CEU’s every 3 years for my NSCA-CPT certification. I meet these criterias through writing, attending seminars and completing additional certification courses.

Training:
-Do you specialize in a training style?
I specialize in muscle building and fat loss for clients ages 14 – 77 (the oldest i’ve worked with)

-What is your coaching style? (Cheerleader vs. drill sergeant)
I would say I am a realistic trainer I try to work with my clients on their diet and exercise program without trying to put them through a professional athletes routine. Unless of course that is what they want. I believe I’m very supportive at trying to give them all the very best tools to succeed in their program.

-Do you include a health assessment prior to beginning a fitness program?
Clients do a verbal health assessment with me to assess their goals and to start putting their workout plan and execution into place.

-How frequently do you see your clients? (Once a week, twice a week?)
I see my clients on average once per week but as often as three times per week and as little as once a month. The frequency depends on their previous exercise experience and fitness level.

-What kind of clients do you usually work with and what results were they trying to attain?
Generally I get two types of clients.

  • Trying to lose weight, tone up, or feel better. (I have had 20 people lose 50 or more lbs)
  • Trying to build muscle or gain mass to feel stronger and gain self confidence. ( I have had 4 people put on more than 40 lbs of raw muscle

Professional:

-Where did you get certified to be a personal trainer? (N.S.C.A., N.A.S.M., and A.C.S.M. are the gold standards)
NSCA-CPT and AFPA Certified Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant

-How do you program and track the client’s progress?
It depends on a clients individual goal. Generally waist and hip measurements are taken for someone trying to lose weight for someone trying to build muscle it is based off of their strength and if they are gaining muscle while maintaining the same bodyfat percentage.

-Do you stay on top of the latest fitness trends and related research?
I read Strength and Conditioning, Psychology, and Physiological Research Periodicals and I also read the latest trends in magazines and online resoures such as Breakingmuscle.com or Muscle and Fitness

-Do you hold liability insurance?
Yes from HPSO (Healthcare Providers Service Organization)

-Why did you embark in this profession?
I played baseball and football throughout school and upon entering 9th grade I began to lift weights 3 days per week. I was always a chubby kid struggling with my weight. I was always active but soda and bread were steeples in my diet growing up.

In 10th grade I injured my back fielding an onside kick for my football team. I seriously injured my back to the tune of 6 months of physical therapy. During that time it was a challenge to stay as physically active as I would have liked so I gained some weight. My max was 245 pounds. My 11th and 12th grade years were spent running and lifting and eating right to lose that weight which brought me down to a small 180lbs. From XL shirts to M shirts.

From there I began to bulk build muscle. I decided I wanted to be a fitness professional because friends started asking me how I lost the weight and how I was able to achieve such hard muscles. I began reading everything I could about supplementations and I picked the brains of my gym teachers and football coaches endlessly to learn as much as I could.

I applied to PSU and Temple for school and was accepted to both. I chose PSU. I started as an undecided major but quickly switched to kinesiology after the Director of LA FItness reached out to me to see if I would be interested in training. I didn’t have a certification at the time so he told me what I needed to do. So I went to a weekend personal training course passed my exam and began training.

I had many mentors over my first two years who had bodybuilding experience and many years in the industry. They taught me all kinds of things and fielded my endless questions. After six months of training I entered the Kinesiology program at PSU.

I spent 5 years completing my education while learning as much as I could about running a fitness business, personal training, and nutrition.

Then I decided I wanted to go out on my own. That when Formal Fitness Training was born in August 2011. I have been continuing to grow and get traction in my area. As of now I work with 35 clients and am currently beginning boot camp classes and also am in negotiations for corporate wellness program with a local dental office.

I have so much respect for the industry and I look forward to staying involved with fitness, nutrition, sports, or supplementation in some aspect for the rest of my life!

An injury or setback will not define you; it’s how you respond that will set the stage for the man or woman you will inevitably become. A positive mindset is everything and a desire to succeed. Some days you need to dig deep to breath fresh air and achieve your goals. Every second counts. Take nothing for granted and work hard. Great things will come to those who work for it and continue to try even against some of the most difficult of circumstances!

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Leisure Fitness – Wellness Professional Network – Meet the Trainer: Khalid A. McLeod

by on May 9th, 2014

Leisure Fitness Trainer Network includes a variety of fitness professionals and in this MEET THE TRAINER segment we would like to introduce you to Khalid McLeod.
Khalid A. McLeod, Personal Trainer
MEET THE TRAINER: KHALID MCLEOD, M.S., C.S.C.S., C.P.R.S.

Watch the Video Interview with Khalid, hosted by Dr. Paul Kennedy

Khalid’s achievements have been well documented in various forums, including international lectures from Rome to Tokyo on topics which include: Adult/childhood obesity; Nutrition for elite athletes; Advanced program design and periodization.

Khalid has worked with highly conditioned athletes in the Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL). He has been involved in government contracts to develop and improve wellness programs and recruitment standards. He particularly enjoys working with collegiate and high school athletes, along with various trainers and conditioning specialists from all walks of life domestic and abroad.

Khalid’s press accolades include the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic, and Fitness Style Magazine .

Throughout his stellar career, Khalid’s work has been featured, most recently on Channel 8, ABC News Affiliate Morning Show, to promote health, fitness, and wellness to many professionals and purists through workshops, panels, and various forums.

As a former all conference Collegiate athlete, Khalid holds a dual Masters in exercise physiology and nutrition as well as various certifications from several organizations in the industry.