M.W. Strength & Conditioning
Serious fitness with an edge of irreverence

What’s with the name "The Muscle-less Wonder"?

The nickname is based on my non-stereotypical weightlifting body. I was a competitive weightlifter for 10 years, but my build is probably more representative of that of a distance runner.

It should be pointed out that I’m neither the first or only muscleless wonder. This was a title passed down to me by a previous undersized weightlifter. Sort of what Sea World does with the name Shamu. When one of the killer whales dies or retires they pass off the new one to the unsuspecting public.

What's your hot button issue?

The narcissism rampant in today's fitness movement. Cosmetic exercise is so pervasive on the current gym culture while functional exercise is passed over. What's particularly unsettling is the fitness industries hypocrisy concerning this matter. They sell their products and ideas behind distorted claims of serving bad backs, osteoporosis, etc. If the industry were truly about reducing the risk factors for common injuries and diseases, the exercise prescription would look quite different.

Why aren't more people fit?

There's no environmental push to be fit. In other places and/or time periods there was an environmental push to be fit and so people were unintentionally fit. When this environmental push is absent, people must consciously and intentionally choose fitness. This is very difficult in contemporary American society because there are just so many things that conspire against fitness. This challenge is tantamount to a drug addict trying to get clean while still hanging around other users. It's possible but far from ideal.

Who’s your ideal client?

I get a special kind of fulfillment when working with elite level athletes, because the fruits of my labors are a little bit more tangible when a student gets a scholarship or signs a big contract. It’s perhaps more rewarding; however, when less gifted students improve and achieve more modest goals. The great thing about exercise is its versatility. It’s not just there for those who have a natural aptitude for physical culture. Exercise is available for the young, the old, fat, skinny, men, women, … I’ve trained professional athletes getting ready for season alongside a cancer patient getting ready for chemotherapy. They’re all great.

Where do you see the future of fitness?

My concern is that the gap between the fit and unfit is widening. The technetronic way of our society is only going to get worse. This is one of the biggest obstacles to challenge fitness as a lifestyle component. My fear is tempered with the evidence of the growing accessibility of fitness outlets. This means increased fitness opportunities for those who can or will take advantage of them. The battle lines are being drawn: more sedentary work cubicles and drive-thru's against more hotel gyms and bike paths. The future of fitness lies within our ability to adapt to the pros and cons of our ever changing environment.