About John

Thanks for finding my blog and taking the time to read about me. Many people don't know that I have been on the Internet since 2005 with my first website--the now defunct, stand APART fitness. My first website enabled me to author articles on training and market them to online discussion forums and meet many fitness professionals--some of which I still interact with today. Over the years, I developed this blog because I was being asked many questions from trainers just starting out in the business. I was handing out advice on a weekly basis and figured it would be a better option for me to simply broadcast my advice in a blog. TrainerAdvice.com has helped countless trainers and people who love to exercise since 2007. I have worked tirelessly to bring quality information that is simple and usable. I pride myself on being honest, transparent, and direct in my articles. I don't conduct much research....I leave that to the lab coats that are afraid to venture out into the practical world of exercise  However,  I do carry alot of experience under my belt that has enabled me to see what works and what doesn't work. The commonalities that I have discovered over time and have chiseled me into a great coach. I will tell you that I am a better coach than I am a writer. In any case, here is a bio of me:

John Izzo is an accomplished fitness professional with over a decade of experience working with people to achieve things they never thought possible. He is a commensurate professional and  coach, that supports others achieve great levels of fat loss, sports performance, and optimal health. He is a listener and an opportunist that believes in working hard by meeting challenges with passion and tenacity.

In 1999, John entered the fitness industry as a part-time gym instructor at the local YMCA. His primary responsibility was to demonstrate to members how to correctly perform exercises and use the equipment. From there, he obtained his first of 4 certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). In 2000, he became a full-time personal trainer for Healthtrax, Inc. Two years later, John obtained his second personal training certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) where he thrived working with clients at Gold's Gym. During his time at Gold's Gym, John earned the respect of his colleagues and became the Fitness Director and Supervisor.

In 2004, John joined the YMCA as a Wellness Director and supervised his fitness staff while developing many fitness programs for the community based membership. Two years later, John would become a Program Director for a corporate company and run the company owned fitness center. Here, John worked with many sedentary desk workers that suffered ailing back pain, neck pain, and were overweight. John designed ergonomic programs, walking programs, and exercise programs to facilitate a healthier lifestyle for their employees. In 2007, John obtained his fourth certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a performance enhancement specialist.

Over the course of 12 plus years, John has worked with the general population focusing on fat loss, gaining higher strength levels, and improving functionality and performance. His emphasis on corrective exercise, posture, core strength, flexibility, and heightening physical capabilities is only paralleled by his own fitness commitment. 

Other accomplishments:

BSc - Public Health Promotion (2000) - SCSU, New Haven, CT

Secret Skills of Personal Training, - (2008) - Author (available on Amazon.com)
Introduction to Personal Fitness Training - NASM textbook - (2009) - Co-Author
Personal Trainer Business Development Skills - NASM Course (2009) - Contributor

Articles written for online publication including:
  A 7-Phase to Protecting Your Shoulders - Muscle & Fitness online
How Gluteal Atrophy Effects Posture & Performance - WannaBeBig.com online
10 Reasons Why Young Athletes are Easier to Train Than Adults - EliteFTS.com online
Fascia Function : Building a Tough Trunk - EliteFTS.com online
5 Ways to Retain Clients - Personal Training on the Net - online
5 Teaching Anchors - Personal Training on the Net - online
Functional Training to Improve Human Movement - FitCommerce.net- online