Hi, my name is Domenic. I am a highly educated and trained CPT. Having a B.S. Kinesiology and B.A. Psychology, I have a strong academic background in the field and health behavior change.
I have very diverse work experiences having worked with most populations (sedentary and geriatric to college athletes), lectured in a course to prepare personal trainers to get certified, been director of a public health promotion not-for-profit, was primary investigator/first author of original scientific research submitted to the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, consulted for fitness apps/websites, ghost written fitness articles, and much more. Because of my extensive background and experiences both professionally and academically, I am able to take an extremely well-informed approach when working with any population and ensuring they reach their goal.
In my own life, I grew up obese. I was considered class III obese and lost over 130 pounds in a very short period of time (approximately 3 months) when I was younger. Following this, I began building muscle and years later I am about 70 pounds heavier than I was after completing my fat loss journey. Ever since I'd made my first and then second transformation, I'd dedicated my life to helping others achieve their goals whatever they may be.
I love this field so much that I plan to begin a M.S. program in exercise science in 2018, and then after completing it pursue a PhD in exercise science.
What to Expect
This actually depends on who you are and what you're looking for! Given my extensive experiences and education in psychology, I know that every person is different. You are you, and I need to react to that.
Some people prefer to take a more cerebral approach to training and prefer to have me fully explain what we're doing as we're doing it (gradually building knowledge over time on things like biomechanics and exercise physiology), while others prefer to just have someone to talk to their day about while exercising. And of course, there are many people who don't want to talk all too much and just want to be pushed to give it their all during their training session.
I am very flexible and can give you whatever it is you need and desire in a training session. One of my greatest strength is that I have the experience to adapt and be the trainer you want. I'm here to help you, I really don't mind having my style of training reflect your own most-ideal style.
Though there is one thing you can definitely anticipate. I have always been the type of person to commit to those I'm helping. I get invested easily and if someone is in need I will do everything in my power to help them as best I can. As a client of mine, I will work hard for you and make sure you have the highest quality support system possible. This is true outside of the gym through digital/text communication as well as inside of the gym.
Finally, given my background in exercise science and psychology academic research, it is ensured that all advice and insight I provide will be accurate and represent evidence-based practices. There is a ton of misinformation floating around the fitness industry and so many people misinterpret peer-reviewed research. I am not one of them. If you work with me, you'll be able to trust that you're being taught correct information that will lead to you having the best approach possible in reaching your goals.
Client Success Story
It's kind of silly, but I'm already feeling a bit emotional and I haven't even started writing the actual story yet.
I had a client once, I worked with him for about 4 years. I still remember the first day that I'd trained him pretty vividly. He was struggling to bench 5 pound dumbbells and squat the bar (45 pounds). Which alot of people struggle with, everyone starts with different levels of strength and neuromotor ability. He was about 5 feet tall and aroudn 120 pounds at the time, so in terms of relative strength the numbers made sense for his first day.
He came to me with the specific goal of getting stronger, and we worked on it methodically. I remember the first time he deadlifted 225. He never thought he'd be able to pull two plates, but he did and he was so happy. He literally jumped up and hugged me after it, he was so excited and couldn't believe it. That was probably about a few months after he started training.
Over time though, he continued to get stronger, and never stopped. One thing that was beautiful about his progression is that the longer we trained, the less he needed me. One thing I like to do, and that I feel is important and often overlooked by many trainers is develop autonomy in a client. It's important to educated clients and teach them science/principles if they're receptive to it. It isn't in any clients best interest to be with a trainer for the rest of their life and recognizing that I do what I can to teach clients to problem solve and become experts at exercise science themselves. Though, as he progressed and gained more knowledge, I just kept teaching him more advanced concepts.
He actually ended up loving the field so much and becoming so skilled/knowledgeable that he started looking to train and teach others about exercise science. It felt amazing to inspire him to find this interest, but it wasn't the best part. You see, after working with him for so many years, he'd finally taken a huge step that made him nervous. He signed up for a USAPL Regional Powerlifting competition where he'd be competing against the best in all of New England. Scary, right?
He went into it thinking he had no chance at placing, qualifying for nationals, or doing that well. But he just really wanted to try. He went in and all three lifts had blown away past PR's, placing at Regionals and being accepted to USAPL Nationals. He didn't know this though. I was backstage and with a friend of mine who also studied exercise science. I remember we looked at the numbers he needed to hit to get accepted to Nationals before my client even started his first deadlift attempt, and it was impossible for him to not make it.
Now, the thing about powerlifting competitions is that because of the psychological factors, it's possible for coaches to change the weight of a lift without the client/athlete knowing it. His third deadlift attempt was increased by at least 50 pounds, way above his past PR, because it seemed like he could handle it and he already qualified for Nationals. He completed the rep and when he walked back stage and heard how much weight he lifted he was so unbelievably excited and proud of himself, it was just under 400 pounds at a body weight of about 130 pounds. Then, I told him that he made it to Nationals (which he thought was impossible going into this) and he completely lost it. I've never seen somebody so happy and excited in my entire life. In that moment I really thought back to that first day when he struggled with 5 pound dumbbells and the bar and it all just hit me.
The relationships that get built through training, they're real. This stuff matters, and it always makes me emotional to think about how far he'd come and how happy he was that day. Every single time he passed another barrier and did something he never thought possible, he just had this look in his eyes. I've seen that look before in multiple clients, and it means the world to me.
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- Weight Loss
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