Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I have a BS in Exercise and Sports Science. I was a track athlete at UGA, an amateur boxer for several years, and I have completed two Ironman triathlons. I have been personal training for 10 years as a boxing coach, strength coach, sports rehabilitation, and sport specific training. I have an ACE certification, as well as an ACE sport specific training certification.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy all aspects of fitness, but I go through spells where I like some areas of fitness over others in different seasons of life. I primarily enjoy boxing and endurance training, however currently the strength training aspect has been my biggest focus on achieving goals to get stronger.
How long have you been into fitness?
I have been into fitness ever since I was intrigued how the body could change under conditioned stimuli since the 8th grade, 16 years ago
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life immensely. It is my life, my passion, and my career. I enjoy not only what it does for me physically but also mentally and emotionally. I am a much more positive and level headed person when I have had time to get some workout in. However, I thoroughly enjoy coaching and helping people achieve their goals, whether it pertains to sports or simple weight loss goals. Everyone’s goals are different and it is fun to take on the journey with someone as they learn and grow.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
Consistency is key, no matter what your goal is. Things don’t happen overnight but over time, and persistence will pay off. To me, a goal without a plan is a wish, so there needs to be a method to the madness that lays the structure and foundation for achieving your goals. Working out and training your body is not even half of it, the proper nutrition exponentially increases the rate one can achieve their own goals. No excuses. Get after it!
Wes Gresham (@wesgresham)
Co-owner of Omni Fight Club John’s Creek in John’s Creek, GA (@ofcjohnscreek)
Trainer at Strength and Strike Fitness in Athens, GA (@strengthandstrikefitness)