Personal Training Designs

About Us

  I started my athletic life with PAL football when I was 10 years old. After pee-wee football I ran recreationally which led to running cross-country in high school my freshman year. After a brief try at PAL boxing, in my sophmore year I was introduced to weightlifting by my good friend Randy G. With the goal of becoming professional bodybuilders, we trained and lived the bodybuilding lifestyle for years, sometimes building our own gym equipment out of wood in his garage. I also started wrestling with the high school team for practice during this time, then would enter AAU wrestling matches for competition. After high school, I kept lifting but realized the professional bodybuilding scene was probably not for me. I was interested in martial arts and joined Choi's Tae Kwon Do, then Ben Der's Wing Chun Kung Fu, then Chuckie "Quick Kick" Currie's Tae Kwon Do. After finding that these arts were not well rounded enough for me (I wanted a style that also emphasized street technique) I joined the Crazy Dragons, which was Kajukenbo. This was perfect for me, not only did you get to punch and kick, but there were also ground techniques to work on and all the weapons training that you could handle. I spent the next 15 years doing Kajukenbo with the Crazy Dragons which eventually became Kantoneimi's Dragons. While out cycling to train my cardiovascular system for sparring in karate, I was hit by a car and tore my medial collateral ligament, which destabilized my knee enough that I could no longer fight effectively in tournaments. I kept teaching karate, and since I had occaisionally raced bicycles while in karate, when my karate school finally closed, I switched over to racing bicycles as my main source of competitive physical entertainment. To stay in top shape, I have concentrated on racing bicycles, combined with weightlifting, ever since. I am now a Category 2 road racer, and last year decided to try mountain bike racing again and won 16 out of 17 of the Prairie City Mountain Bike Series races that I entered.

  Through my different atheletic connections, I have been fortunate enough to make some of my best friends and to meet and train great people as well as athletes who were truly gifted. Listed below are just a few of these people. 

  Don Myrah: Don holds several national cyclo-cross championships, including the current Masters National Title, and also the current Master's World Championship. He was also the winner of the first Mountain Biking World Championship the year before it was recognized by the UCI, and was on our first United States Olympic Mountain Bike Team with Tinker Juarez in Atlanta.
  Mark Patten: A former ultra distance cyclist who has raced RAAM 6 times and also was the 24 Hour World Champion and world record holder of several ultra distance cycling records, When Mark finished his ultra career, he then switched his focus to shorter races where he was quite successful.  

  Aimee Baker and Kristine Franson: Two athletes who were national caliber rowers themselves, then went on to coach Stanford Women's Crew to several years of top PAC10 rankings, along with being the best coaches Stanford has ever had the privledge of employing. I met them through cycling, and was asked to be Strength And Conditioning Coach for Stanford Women's Crew, which was a fantastic experience and a great resource for increasing my knowledge of training for performance oriented goals. While at Stanford I customized over 45 individual programs with 3 separate phases per season for all the women who competed.

  Through these experiences I finally realized that this was what I wanted to do full time, I felt that through personal training I could really make a positive difference in people's lives. At this point I went to work for the largest private personal training organization in the world. For over 5 years I made custom workout training programs for every type of person you could imagine, fighter jet pilots, Moms, Grandmas, Dads, kids, overweight people and underweight people, rehabilitation recovery patients from shoulder, hip, heart, and even brain surgery. I really love helping people improve thier lives, and I loved the experience of showing someone the power within themselves to become whoever they dreamed they could be.  

For the past 37 years, I have been writing programs and improving the lives of many dedicated friends, family members, clients and athletes, from weekend warriors to collegiate athletes to professional athletes. I am very selective about the clients I accept into my training programs because I realize you have to want to change in order to create a change. I realize that the client is responsible for achieving the results, and that acheiving results take an enormous about of discipline and determination. I believe my personality and techniques soften the blow by making workouts fun, challenging, and a bit different each time.

I am currently ACE certified. I was previously in-house certified by a world-wide personal training franchise before deciding to start my own company, Personal Training Designs.

Personal Training Designs will help you:

  • Assess your physical condition and track changes
  • Set goals
  • Learn how to make a nutritional plan and learn better eating habits
  • Learn proper strength training technique
  • Improve endurance
  • Find motivation
  • Improve your appearance
  • Feel better
  • Improve your health
  • Gain muscle and lose fat
  • Tone up
  • Improve mental alertness
  • Reach your goals

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