One of the main components that drives my interest and borderline obsession with fitness is what it represents. Because there is more to fitness than just looking good. It requires will power, determination, and grit. You can join a gym and hire a trainer, but no amount of money can buy fitness. You may have good genes but fitness cannot be inherited. No one can give you fitness and it cannot be borrowed or stolen. You have to earn it and work hard to keep it, and no one can take it from you. There’s a great feeling in taking ownership of that, of knowing that you are the only one responsible for your success. When I see a fit person I know they achieved that from hard work, dedication, discipline, patience, and perseverance. There is no magic pill.
What I love about my job is showing people how to make their hard work pay off. I want to make sure that you progress, get stronger, feel better, and enjoy yourself while you’re doing it. My personal education has brought me deeper into the fundamentals of exercise, where I developed an extreme interest in the technical side:
- Functional movement
- Corrective exercise
I combine that with a progressive program focusing on compound movements; movements that incorporate as many muscles in the body as possible in order to perform them.
- Bench press
- Overhead press
This allows for a higher caloric burn, an increase in lean muscle mass, and a synergistic strengthening of the muscles in your body. If all of your muscles are working together then they are getting stronger together, creating balanced, even toning.
Another important component of my training is agility and cardiovascular conditioning. Some of my favorite ways of incorporating cardio into your training are through resistance circuit style training, boxing, and light MMA style kickboxing. Nothing will get your heart rate elevated and muscles burning faster than a few rounds of boxing. But above all is education. I consider it part of my job to impart as much knowledge and information as possible in order for you to feel confident and capable of creating your own workout routines and understanding how to push your limits and get results.
Contact me today to discuss your goals and to get started on your path toward fitness.
Find out for yourself how capable you really are, and discover the determination and inner strength you possess.
CPR and AED Certified,
BA degree from Rockford University in Illinois
“For years I made the same mistake many women do and shunned lifting weights for fear of looking “bulky” and spent excessive time on the elliptical, wondering why I hit my wall and it wasn’t working anymore.
I had been relying on improper cardio and too few calories and needed to learn the right way to exercise. After signing up with Jamie I learned the smart way to workout and how to correct my diet.
Now I lift weights, build muscle, and have corrected my diet errors and am stronger than ever. If you had told me 6 months ago I’d be eating more calories a day and lifting weights and getting leaner and stronger, I probably would have laughed.
Thanks to Jamie and his patience with me (which I’m sure I tested many times since I can be stubborn) I’ve learned so much and now I’m stronger than I’ve been since grad school and working out more efficiently. I lucked out, Jamie is a great trainer, teacher, and a good friend.” – Cassandra S.
“Jamie has really helped me get beyond some of my fears with working out. Along with losing some weight and breathing better, I have also regained my balance and built up the strength to get up from the floor on my own. I have found strength back in my arms and legs and now have no backaches. Jamie, you have the patience of a saint working the way you do with me. Thank you so much for pushing me while you know I could do It and giving me the much needed help and self-confidence to get me to the point I am today.” – Velva P.