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Stephanie began her career in nonprofit development and human resources benefits administration. After several years of working at a desk and seeing firsthand the high cost of poor nutrition and fitness illustrated by skyrocketing healthcare costs, low productivity, cancer instances and absenteeism amongst co-workers Stephanie began an unofficial wellness campaign in her workplace. Buoyed by the positive response to the wellness program, Stephanie decided to focus her energy on helping to change lives through fitness and nutrition. To that end, Stephanie returned to school to study Exercise Science at George Mason University.
Fitness was certainly not something I ever thought I would feel passionate about. In fact, I thought it was more of a social environment and filled with stereotypes that did not appeal to me. Seeing Body for Life on the NY bestselling list for months and months kind of drew me in. My first time in a gym, I felt overwhelmed with a bit of anxiety about what to do. I did not like what I saw in the mirror every day so I knew I had to do something about it. My self confidence was stuck on zero. I did the Body for Life challenge to the letter and went from 125lbs to a whopping 134lbs in 12 weeks. My confidence soared until I stopped seeing results. I almost gave up but a trainer popped out of the woodwork and suggested I educate myself because one school of thought is not the ultimate solution. I read everything I got my hands on, but I had more questions than answers. Eventually I just forced myself to train hard, keep changing my work outs, and eat till I puked (literally), and had adequate rest. I just learned to listen to my body. I made myself accountable. I trained on days when I did not feel like it. I stopped making excuses and stopped putting off my goal. I can say with utmost honesty if I can do it, you can do it. That is where my passion came from. It comes from within.
One day, someone I did not know randomly asked me if I was a personal trainer. A bell went off. I dropped everything I was doing at the time to get certified. The thought of making a career out of something I was passionate about never crossed my mind. It is one of the best moves I have ever made. The fitness industry is a crucial part of our society. Preventative health and overall fitness is keeping us from getting sick. We also learn to make better choices for what we put in our body. Do you live to eat or eat to live?
My training style revolves around YOUR goals. I do not want to be the guy standing there with a chart saying "do this, do that, 1, 2, 3." I want you to actually feel like I am there to help you on your journey. It takes help to stand alone. I build programs that are effective, easy to follow, and ‘some’ may think are fun because I add variety. Working out and eating right is certainly not an easy task but it’s not impossible either. With the proper motivation and self-discipline a more fitness conscience lifestyle will be ingrained in you. You truly can achieve any body you want. You are going to experience days that you feel amazing and proud of yourself and you will have days where you will feel down too. So how do you recover from the bad days? Hello, my name is Mike.
Andrew has been involved in sports and fitness since he was very young. He played little league baseball and football. The reason Andrew got involved in sports at a young age was due to his diagnosis of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Being active was the only thing that subdued the symptoms. Progressing through to high school, Andrew continued to stay active in varsity football and track. He discontinued organized sports in college but found a new passion in exercise science.
Andrew graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. During his time at MSU he remained active in weight training and conditioning. He continued gaining knowledge in the areas of exercise physiology, nutrition, anatomy, and exercise prescription. After graduation, Andrew completed the certification requirements to become a Health Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Currently Andrew enjoys strength training, snowboarding, and recreational sports. He not only has a passion for fitness and wellness, but also has experience with physical limitations and disabilities on a personal level.
"The will to win means little without the will to prepare." As a fitness professional, Rich believes that preparing for a healthy lifestyle should take that same approach. Educating clients on exercise, nutrition, rest, recovery, and stress reduction are his most important take-aways. His focus on communication and building partnerships with clients helps to add that foundation for a lifetime of fitness, health, and well being. With degrees in Sports Marketing and Physical and Health Education from James Madison University and George Mason University, as well as a Level 1 certification from USA Track and Field, his philosophy of, "train hard, train smart, and have fun" permeate through client sessions. "Carpe Diem!"