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Owner, Carolina Strong
StrongFirst Level I Certified Instructor, Certified July 2014
Dragon Door Hard Style Kettle Bell (HKC) Instructor, Certified July, 2013
· Lebert Equalizer Instructor, Certified, March, 2013
· Aerobics, Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness Instructor, Certified, July 2012
· AFAA Indoor Cycling Instructor, Certified, July 2012
· Total Body Resistance Training (TRX) Level I Certified Instructor, August 2012
Movement Effieciency Trainer Level 1 Certified - August 2013
· B.S. Integrated Science and Technology, Healthcare Concentration, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia May, 2002
· 5 yrs experience personal training
· 3 yrs experience group fitness training (3-10 participants)
· Over 100 Boot Camps taught (20+ participants utilizing body weight, KB, TRX, Battling Ropes, Sled Pulls, Lebert Equalizers, Lebert Buddy System, Bosu Ball, Medicine Ball,
· Over 100 Small Group TRX, Kettle Bell and Lebert Equalizer classes taught
· Over 50 Indoor Cycling Classes taught
2 yrs experience acrobatic yoga (partner yoga)
I have been working out with Justin for 6 months now, and what a difference he has made in my level of fitness. I am 50 years old and am in the best shape of my life, all because of the planning, training, motivation and sweat that Justin has put into my health. Each time that I show for our workout, Justin already has a plan laid out for what we will be doing. We work out with kettlebells, ropes, bulgarian bags, tires, and anything else he can come up with to keep me moving, raising my heartrate without ever getting bored. He will often work out with me at the same time, and it's motivating to see the kind of shape he is in. A few months ago he asked if I wanted to try something different, where for 6 weeks we would work out three days a week with an intense kettlebell program (I can only make it two days a week so he would then email me a customized home workout to do for the 3rd one each week). He would test my deadlift max level at the beginning of the program, and then again at the end of the program, so that we could see what progress had been made. On Day 1, I was able to do a deadlift max of 230 lbs. 6 weeks later, I watched my deadlift increase to 300lbs.!!! I had no idea that an improvement that huge could be made so quickly. I feel great and I look forward to my workouts twice a week with Justin, and I've never looked forward to working out before, ever! If you want to get a good, fun workout with a trainer who cares, Justin is your guy!
I've been training with Justin since he moved to Austin a couple months ago to take over my former trainer's position (who's a co-owner of the gym and is focusing on their new location) at The BAM Academy's Ballistic Movements program and I've been satisfied with the quality of training and personal care.
First, Justin is a very approachable person. He'll greet you with a smile and a chuckle--just before he whips you with an amazing work out. He'll interact with you during the training and is available to help you with your form or whatever questions you may have.
Second, the training is great. We do circuits on Mondays and kettle bell on Wednesday. Naturally, what you put in you get out. You only get as strong/fittier/faster equal to the effort you put in. Justin will push you, and hard, but he'll do it with a smile. He'll move you up in kettle bell weight when you need it. The circuits are mostly predictable when you've trained with him long enough, but he'll mix it up when necessary so 1) you don't bored 2) your muscles don't get too familiar. For example, after finishing the tabata, we might do planks for 3 minutes straight. Or flip a tire 25 times. Or do 100 up/down dogs.
Overall, Justin's training will improve not only your VO2 max but also your functional fitness. Not only will you move faster but also nimbler. The training I get with Justin translates very well into parkour (or whatever movement you are inclined to). I move more efficiently, quickly, and longer.
Justin is a very creative, fun, friendly and a fantastic trainer. You can tell when someone does what he loves. He pushes the limits and keep it fun!!! We are a group of Mom that enjoy every time our work out with him, we are all getting strong by the minute!!!!
I have been working out in a small group with Justin for about 2 months now. We start at 6AM and end at 7AM 2x a week. It is absolutely the best way to start the day! Justin is a great instructor - patient yet motivating and doesn't give in to my incessant requests for a break - he pushes you to be your best and not give up! I am growing stronger week by week and love it~
I have had the pleasure to work out with Justin in a one on one session as well as in a group. You can tell right away that just loves fitness but he loves to get others fit even more. Training for Justin is a passion and you can't help but to be inspired to do your best when training with Justin. He will take the time to find out what your goals are and come up with a plan to help you achieve those goals. Justin helped my son during the summer before his freshman year in high school to achieve results in fitness that improved all aspects of his athletic ability. The High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) improves all aspects of your physical being in a very short amount of time. It was a blast for my son and I to work out together with Justin. My son has been playing football since he was five years old. After working out all summer with Justin my son had the best football season of his life he was one of only a few freshman to play on the varsity football team.When it comes to kettle bell instruction Justin is the best. He is a stickler on form and doing the exercise right before moving on. He taught me how amazing of a workout you can get from one piece of equipment.If you are looking for a fitness instructor look no further!Justin is the BEST!
Mr. Creech took a chance on a group of overweight middle aged guys who had been stuck on the couch for quite a few years. He took his time and introduced us to the basics. We worked on weight lose, cardio and most importantly proper form. Once he felt comfortable moving forward, he showed us swings, cleans and turkish get-ups. In the 4 months that I have been working in this program I have gone from 36% body fat to 22% and have lost 23 pounds of fat. This is not some before and after super supplement bullshit. This is pure hard work and effort, coupled with professional training.
Having never tried kettle bells, I was very nervous about attending Justin's class. He not only welcomed me with open arms (as he did with everyone), but he patiently took the time to show me proper kettle bell form, explained all the different cross fit type exercises, and walked me through each one to ensure my safety. His knowledge level was far above other trainers that I have worked with in the past. His boundless energy was an uplifting motivator when either myself or others weren't "feeling it" on any given day. I strongly recommend Justin for any program he chooses to do, because of the numerous qualities he possesses, and he would be a valuable asset to any team he joins.
Justin is awesome! His passion for health and fitness is infectious. His workouts are dynamic and fun. I love them all, HIIT, spinning, TRX, acroyoga, and kettlebells. He is extremely knowledgeable and motivating. I'm 30 weeks pregnant and every time I attend one of his workouts he gives me great modifications for some of the more advanced moves that I can no longer do. Thanks Justin for being such an amazing instructor.
Before I met Justin I thought working out consisted of a treadmill, elliptical and free weights. I would spend about 1 to 2 hours at the gym. This was before Justin introduced me to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). My first personal session with Justin was ROUGH! He set up probably 10 different stations for me. I had 30 seconds at each station (Justin timed me). I just want to add that I'm 4'11 and by no means a fitness freak. But with his help I was flipping a HUGE tire, swinging kettle bells, slamming a sledge hammer on the tire, rows with TRX bands, lunge squats with the lebert bars, mountain climbers.... The work out was only about 30 minutes and it was hard and I wanted to give up. He didn't let me. He continued to dish out TONS OF ENCOURAGING words while I was screaming not so nice things to him at each station. I've never had that intense of a workout before on the treadmill or elliptical. Now I work out for 30-40 minutes instead of 1-2 hours. I've also attended Justin's group classes and everyone works out at their own pace. If there is an exercise that a person can't do b/c of existing injuries he'll adjust the workout to accommodate that person. He's the type of trainer that is constantly researching to find new and improved ways of fitness. Thank you Justin for teaching me about fitness and the right way to work out. =)
Justin introduced me to fitness one day. His face lit up when telling me how being fit improves your total life. He was patient but firm. He is fun, had a great sense of humor. Mostly he will not let you give up on yourself. You could be so lucky to have someone like him train you. We are a military family, we have moved all over the world, literally. I can tell you that the gym on post does not come close to offering what he does. That is why I chose him. He can do group fitting and watch you and then later give you extra help to let you know what needs to be corrected or individual help. I have seen him motivate and train a group of 20 and a group of 2. Same energy, same consistency. He is just a great guy. Justin is the man.:)
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