Holistic, personalized programs tailored to your needs.
We aren’t all the same, and we shouldn’t all be doing the same things. Paul takes pride in standing apart from the crowd of cookie-cutter fitness programs by providing his experience and expertise in designing programs that address each client’s individual needs. He is also a firm believer in healing from the inside out, and knows that looking better is a natural side effect of feeling better – not the other way around. Paul practices out of his very own fitness and wellness center in Addison, TX that he designed specifically to fit his unique training style and holistic philosophy.
What makes you different from other trainers?
I have a very unique approach to training that is the antithesis of the typical drill instructor approach to personal training. While I have a background in sports performance, functional fitness and corrective exercise, it is my in depth study and practice of Eastern methodologies such as yoga, meditation, and qigong that make what I do different from the industry standard.
By combining all of these amazing methods, along with my own unique insights, I have created what I call “Non-Resistance Training”. Traditional forms of exercise, like those I studied in college and certification courses, apply a very controlling and forceful approach to changing the body. Many great things can be taken from this, but as a whole this usually leads to tension (mental and physical) and unnecessary wear and tear.
My system of non-resistance, however, emphasizes a less rigid and more natural approach to movement. Exercise can absolutely be relaxing and enjoyable rather than tense and painful, without sacrificing any results. In fact, the results tend to be amplified since the entire body, mind, and spirit are working in harmony rather than the mind trying to forcefully control the body, while ignoring the spirit altogether.
If you are stuck and think you need someone to push you harder and force you to do what you don’t want to do on your own, perhaps you are trying to force a square peg into a round hole. It doesn’t have to be this hard, and it doesn’t have to feel like work. I would be thrilled to help you find the square hole so that you can accomplish your goals with ease and eventually find that you don’t even need me anymore.
Where do you train?
I train out of my own fitness & wellness center in Addison, Texas called A&W Fitness (www.a-wfitness.com). Since all we do is personal training, massage / body-work, and yoga, the setting is completely private, with no members around to watch your every move. With less distractions and a space designed specifically for the purpose of working with clients 1 on 1, you can focus on nothing but getting the results you came for.
Besides clients with common fitness and wellness goals, do you have experience with any specific types of clientele?
While I love working with anyone who is ready for a more holistic approach to fitness & wellness, I also specialize in working with clients who have more extensive rehabilitation needs and have often been unsuccessful with traditional methods such as physical therapy. Unfortunately, modern medicine and physical therapy usually tend to focus on the external manifestations of a problem rather than the root cause. Five different people with rotator cuff injuries could all easily end up with the same physical therapy program, even if the 5 injuries all had different causes.
There is more to regaining function than simply rebuilding range of motion. By assessing the specific imbalances, alignment, and movement patterns that led to the problem (even if it was an acute injury), we can more appropriately target and correct the origin of the problem. Once we find the origin, we can work to strengthen the under-active areas, lengthen the shortened areas, and release the physical points of stress and tension that are at the heart of every problem. Simply taking a cookie-cutter approach to every issue is not enough. To restore optimal function, we must treat every unique problem in a personalized manner.
Do you also deal with nutrition?
Nutrition is extremely important, but the extent of my involvement in your nutrition is based upon your preference – but I do not prescribe a one-size-fits-all diet. My philosophy on nutrition is that food is our best medicine, and nature is our best teacher. I believe that a healthy diet does not have to be a sacrifice, and that it is important to continue enjoying food. Our culture is fanatical about labeling foods as “good” or “bad”, rather than being open to the idea that these are relative terms that are different for every person. If you don’t like a particular food, don’t eat it!! Your body knows what it wants, and it will gladly tell you – you just have to listen.
By listening to your own body, following nature’s lead (when was the last time a wild animal needed nutrition advice?), and applying your own common sense to nutrition rather than blindly following a list of foods to eat and avoid, you can truly learn to get much more from your nutrition than just sustenance.