Dave

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Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Recreation and a minor in Coaching from Manchester University

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine

Start date with RecSports

Summer 2019

What year/month did you first become certified as a Personal Trainer?

May 2014

Fitness Philosophy

Everyone has the right to feel strong whether its lifting a car or just walking up a flight of stairs.

Fitness Interests & Other Hobbies

I currently compete in Strongman competitions all around the Midwest. When I am not working or training, I like to play video games and avoid moving at all cost.

What are your areas of specialty in personal training?

  • Body Building
  • Powerlifting
  • Strongman Lifting
  • Olympic Lifting
  • Sports Specific Training
  • Adaptive Exercise for Individuals with Joint Deficiencies and Injuries

How do you motivate participants?

Leading by example. I never ask anyone to do anything that I myself cannot or have not done myself.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a trainer?

I once had a 70-year old female client that had to walk with a cane when we started training. Within just a few short months she progressed to not only walking without the cane, but told me she was able to chase her 4-year old grandson around her back yard all weekend, and she never got tired or weak. Then, she thanked me for changing her life and helping her to remain independent.

What types of clients do you normally take on?

Anyone that is looking to convert fat into muscle and gain strength

Where else have you worked as a Personal Trainer?

  • Beacon Health and Fitness
  • Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center
  • Anytime Fitness Huntington

Why did you become a Personal Trainer?

All my life I have struggled with my weight and when I was younger I got bullied quite a bit and I have personally sustained an injury to nearly every joint in my body at least once. Needless to say, I know how it feels to be powerless and not confident. I enjoy helping people become stronger both mentally and physically.

What is your personal go-to workout?

Drop it like a Squat! Squat is the foundation of almost all exercise and has dozens of health benefits.

How would you describe your personal training sessions? What type of training do you like to take your clients through?

Every session starts with one of the Big Four core lifts followed by simpler lifts with less weight and higher reps. Then usually wrap up at the end with some form of "finisher," circuit, or challenge exercise.