Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised Athens, GA. I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Helping people has always been my passion and I saw personal training as a way to fuel my passion.
I specialize in strength training, muscle building, weight loss, mobility, post-orthopedic rehabilitation and myofascial release techniques. I have also trained clients with a broad age range and varying goals, from ages 12-70 years old. This included student athletes, powerlifting, boxing workouts, general fitness clients, half marathon/marathon training, and clients with physical disabilities.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
For a lot of people, I think they enjoy the physical parts of fitness the most: getting stronger, faster, leaner, or more muscular.
For me it’s the mental aspects of fitness.
In order to make any type of physical progress or reach any goal, you must first decide in your mind what you “want” to accomplish.
Make sure it’s something you really “want”, not just something you’ve briefly thought about or something you simply “like the idea of”. Because when you really want something you will do everything in your power to make it happen!
How long have you been into fitness?
Since I was 4 years old and I am now 27.
I have a personal trainer for the past 7 years.
How did you get into fitness?
To be honest, it all started when I joined my dad one day during his morning routine of push-ups. I was hooked ever since.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
In the year 2000, my dad had open heart surgery. He had nine blockages in his heart; seven of which he had removed. At that point I knew that I needed to take my health seriously, so I started making changes in my diet and increased my workout intensity in the years that followed. (Yep I made that decision at 10 years old.)
How has fitness impacted your life?
It kept me out of trouble as a kid, been a source of stress relief, allowed me to change people’s lives for the better and has always been an outlet for me when everything seems to be going wrong. It’s always the one thing I can do right.
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?
It’s never too late to start working on your body and your health. Maybe you have made excuses or possibly have had valid reasons of why you have been putting your health and fitness aside.
But all you have to do is get up and start moving. I don’t care if it’s walking down the hall and back, it’s still something.
The best advice I have is ”do what you can do”.
Don’t ever compare yourself with anyone else because they aren’t doing the work for you. Rather, work as hard as you can work, put forth all the effort you have.
And when you do this, you are successful every day!
Kenton Gresham (@swollbaby23)
Personal Trainer and Fight Club Instructor at Athens Health and Fitness