I was recently interviewed by Professional strongman, owner of Unbreakable Fitness Adam T. Glass
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Adam: Kurt, its a pleasure to get some time to talk with you. My first question for you, what is your athletic background?
Kurt: Martial Arts: 2nd Dan Blackbelt Taekwondo (11+ Years), Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner
ATG: and your academic background?
KH: A.A.S. Health & Fitness Specialist w/ Honors, NSCA-CPT and RKC
ATG: Did you find college prepares you for success as a personal trainer?
KH: In some ways…Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, etc… College helps provide the knowledge base, but doesn’t prepare you for the day-to-day encounters and responsibilities. Put simply, I’ve learned more from working under B-Rad (Brad Nelson, Senior RKC Kettlebell Instructor) than I did in school.
ATG: How long have you been a trainer?
ATG: Can you tell everyone where are you working?
KH: Kinetic Edge Performance in Woodbury, Minnesota.
ATG: Who are you working with?
KH: Brad Nelson & more individuals/clients than I can count.(Note, Brad and Kurt currently see over 140 people a day!)
ATG: Tell me about your client’s goals at your studio?
KH: We see a little of everything; weight loss, strength, performance, endurance, they mainly just want to make improvements on their movements and improve their overall health & daily activities.
ATG: What has that experience been like?
KH: Amazing! I’m still learning and still progressing; to me that’s what it’s all about.
ATG: How did you hear about Gym Movement and Biofeedback?
I originally heard about it through you and Brad when I attended the Grip N’ Rip 2.0 Seminar. Grip N’ Rip was an eye opening experience that has changed the way I train and has helped me and my clients achieve & further many of our training goals.
ATG: Thanks Kurt. How long have you been using it?
KH: I’ve been implementing it into my training since Grip N’ Rip (February 6th, 2010).
ATG: Tell me about your physical results before implementing GM / BF.
KH: Slow progress, hard work, and much more time spent in the gym. Breaking myself trying to get better.
ATG: What have your results been since you have fully immersed yourself in the GM protocol?
KH: Steady improvements with each & every workout. I’ve set a PR during every training session since I’ve started and so have the clients that I implement the training with. I get better with every session without having to break myself and stagger my progress. It’s amazing what happens when you actually listen to what your body is telling you. I’ve experienced much greater gains and fewer pains.
ATG: You were recently able to sit in on a marathon educational “summit” taught by the core MOVEMENT cadre. As a newer trainer, what did you think about the information being presented?
KH: 2 words – Ground Breaking. Every trainer/coach should know this stuff. It was inspirational and motivating.
ATG: How did it compare to your academic education?
KH: It blew it out of the water. Being able to sit in and converse with all of the trainers there took my education to a whole new level. I got the pleasure of meeting and picking the brains of some of the world’s top trainers and leading men in their fields.
ATG: The core of the information covered related to physique transformation, performance enhancement and pain relief. How much better prepared do you feel to address physique, performance and pain issues now?
KH: 10x better. I had a good understanding before, but this type of protocol has taken my knowledge to a much higher level. I feel confident that I can help anyone reach their goals, no matter what they are (weight loss, strength, feats of strength, performance, etc…).
ATG: With everything you have learned and experienced, will you recommend this education to other trainers?
KH: Without a doubt. I already have been. Most of the trainers I know have already been asking what I’ve been doing. They see the progress my clients & I have been making and they want to know how to do it as well.
ATG: You have a shared passion with one of THE MOVEMENT’S teachers, Frankie. What is that?
KH: Martial Arts; more specifically BJJ.
ATG: You got to roll with Frankie. Is his performance in line with what he teaches?
KH: Most definitely, his understanding of bodily movement & function is top notch. I’ve got some work to do.
ATG: Frankie broke down how to practice BJJ and what to practice in BJJ, How has that compared with other BJJ education you have received?
KH: It ranks up there very high. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the opportunity to roll with him again soon. I look forward to learning more from the man.
ATG: Did you implement what he taught you?
KH: Yes, I try to every time I roll. Some of my old habits are hard to break, but they will be broken.
ATG: What have been your results?
KH: So far, so good. I feel like I’m getting better every time I get on the mat.
ATG: Kurt, Thanks for taking the time to do the interview. You’re going to be a trainer to watch. We will watch your career with great interest.
Kurt Hartmann is a Movement Biomechanics Coach candidate and trainer at Kinetic Edge Performance, Minnesota’s leading fat loss & physique transformation studio. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org for both private and group training.