trainer highlight: meet kenny vertus
We're back again to bring you another expert in the world of movement. A firm believer that movement benefits more than just our physical health, Kenny Vertus specializes in strength and conditioning. And in his words, "if you have a body you’re an athlete, so I train everyone as if they are one."
We caught up with Kenny to learn more about his philosophy, what he does when he's not training clients (or himself) and what movements he's loving these days. Here's what he had to say.
What is your fitness specialty? How do you put together a training program for clients or yourself?
My fitness specialty would be strength & conditioning! My fitness background consists of working alongside athletes, and that’s how I structure my programs even for my general population clients. I live with the motto that if you have a body you’re an athlete, so I train everyone as if they are one.
What inspired you to become a trainer?
It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I developed my passion for a healthy lifestyle. Before that, I was legally obese and continuously struggling with my weight and self-esteem. Like many people who decide to start living a healthier life, I quickly became the go-to for fitness and nutrition amongst my friends and family – a title I still proudly hold today. Not only did my newly discovered regimen alter my physical appearance, but it also changed my mental awareness. Exercising on a regular basis, and regulating what nutrients I put into it, transformed my life for the better. I saw the growth in my confidence and in the energy I was giving off to others. Now I want to help people bring progressive change and self-confidence into your life.
What has been the most rewarding part of being a trainer? What is the toughest part about being a trainer?
In my opinion the hardest part about being a trainer is initially starting with a client because they start out insecure, vulnerable, and sometimes self deprecating. Their self-talk is normally negative which is tough to navigate around at times, but it’s also my favorite aspect of training because I get to be a part of someone’s journey of realization that they are a badass. Seeing someone who is self conscious about working out in front of others not giving a care in the world months later because they are confident in themselves is the best feeling!
Where can people find your or take your classes? You can find me both in person, as well as virtually! Both at Unrivaled Performance.
What is your current favorite way to move/current favorite movement?
I love explosive movements. Anything that gets me jumping or sprinting I love.
What movement do you hate, but that you know is an important part of your fitness/movement routine?
I hate any form of cardio, but I do it because it puts my body at ease, but also I can breathe more efficiently.
When you aren’t working out, what do you like to do?
When I am not working out, honestly, I'm pretty laid back. I like to walk around the city, hike, or watching whatever Anime series I can find.
What’s one movement or fitness myth you hate that people think is real?
What probably drives me crazy to hear is the belief that carbs are bad for you...its preposterous! Carbs are your energy source and should be a large portion of your diet! Those fruits you are eating….carbs.
What’s your current favorite song to move to?
Take My Breathe - The Weeknd
Pizza or a burrito. It’s a constant battle.
Favorite item of Rhone gear?
DEFINITELY THE SOCKS!
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