Rick began exercise at age ten by lifting scrapes of steel (in place of dumbbells and barbells) that his uncle brought home from his factory job which marked the beginning of his quest for the fitness Holy Grail. Fifty-five years later, the quest continues. The journey has traveled through the worlds of bodybuilding, power lifting, martial arts, distance running, cycling and a thirty year long involvement with rowing. All of this “doing stuff” was supported by a life long study of exercise physiology, bio-mechanics, exercise program design and nutrition.
Rick is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC), Certified Kettlebell – Functional Movement Screen (CK-FMS) and World Kettlebell Club – Fitness Instructor, Lifting Coach, Strength Specialist, Kettlebell Competition Coach (WKC) and is one of just a handful of Master Trainers in the United States for 10 times Kettlebell Lifting Champion and Honored Master of Sport, Valery Fedorenko (WKC). Rick also has extensive study in Low Back Disorder and Exercise, and also has a focus on training the Aging Active Adult.