I decided to become a personal trainer because it combined my two passions: athletics and teaching. In high school I played soccer, basketball, tennis, track and cross country. I did my undergraduate work in education and fancied myself a teacher from an early age. One day I realized I could be athletic and teach at the same time, and I have never looked back.
I began my career running recreation programming for children and adults with special needs. I began working as a personal trainer in 1997. Since then, I have been a fitness director, triathlon coach, aquatics director, master and age-group swim coach and even a general manager. All the while, one thing has remained constant: my desire to work one-on-one with people who want to be stronger. Personal training has always been and will always be at the root of what I do.
For more than 17 years now I have looked forward to coming to work everyday. While there are definitely some cool things about my job (I get to listen to great music, wear shorts and keep moving all the time), the best parts are the relationships I have with my clients. The amount of trust they put in me and the program we create together is amazing. Building a community of such great people is what keeps me coming back with a huge smile everyday.
In any given day, my client list can include a 14-year-old female soccer player and a 70-year-old man who is post-stroke. I have a huge soft spot for people who are in my boat: busy professionals with a spouse, kids, a job and four minutes a week to work out. I love helping people figure out how to get the most out of their time.
I am a strength coach. My number one job is to get my clients stronger for the things they want and need to do. I can relate to people on a lot of levels and can quickly evaluate and their address needs. I am not some hyper gifted athlete or genetic mutant. I am a middle-aged guy trying to find balance and enjoy helping my clients do the same.
It’s important to start with the basics and move from there. Too often, people get into complicated movements and goals before they have the proper fundamentals, which can lead to negative results. Evaluating movement everyday on every repetition is a big part of what I do.
Outside the gym
I live in the Cedar Mill neighborhood with my wife and business partner, Lee, our two kids, Max and Gigi, and our little Jack Russell Terrier Ginger. Our family is outdoor-oriented and loves to swim, hike, ride bikes and work in the yard. I read a lot about business and entrepreneurship and listen to about 1.5 podcasts a day about nearly anything (The Tim Ferriss Show is one of my favorites).
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Jeremy Hyatt is not currently accepting new clients.