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New Trainers Encourage Change For The Better

On Dec. 2 we welcomed two new Professional Fitness Trainers to Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas: Aaron Feldman and Ryan Sheppard. Both are certified with TRX suspension training and offer great expertise to share with our members and teammates.

Aaron Feldman, MS

Aaron comes to us from Ohio, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science at The University of Akron and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology at Kent State University. He said he loves to get in the weight room for high-intensity strength training workouts, which is proven true as he is an award-winning natural bodybuilder. Aaron received a personal training certification from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has also been certified as a swimming instructor by the Red Cross for 10 years. His areas of specialty include: weight loss, exercise as medicine for aches and pains and lifestyle transformation.

To remind himself why he is where he is, he often looks at the collection of the cards and notes he has received over the years from clients thanking him for helping them change for the better.

When Aaron can find extra time in his day, he focuses on his mobility and balance. He said with all of the weight training he does, it is important to invest time to improve movement quality. Along with weight training, Aaron enjoys running outdoors—you just might see him on the Cooper Aerobics outdoor track jamming along to the Rolling Stones.

Aaron isn’t completely new to the South, one summer he lived on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina as a beach lifeguard. We are happy to have you in Dallas, Aaron!

Ryan Sheppard, MSed

Ryan says he is most productive when he has clearly set his goals and objectives—and we are glad he does! Ryan had his eyes set on this opportunity since he  interned at Cooper Fitness Center in 2004 while playing football at the University of West Alabama.

As a Dallas native, he is excited to be back at Cooper—seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. As Ryan and Aaron build up their clientele, they will also be working closely with Director of Fitness Mary Edwards to implement Small Group Training at Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas in 2014.

Most recently, Ryan was the Assistant Strength Coach at Georgia Southern University. An innate teacher, Ryan has also trained at The University of Alabama, Birmingham Southern College, Baylor University and YMCA.

As a husband and a father of two boys, Ryan says his favorite family tradition is running the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day!

His areas of specialty include:

  • Fat Loss and Muscle Gain
  • Periodized and Progressive Strength Training
  • Sport Specific Power, Speed, Agility and Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention and Post-Rehabilitation Training
  • Quality of Life Improvement for All Ages and Abilities

If a movie were to be made about Ryan, he would choose Chris Hemsworth to play himself. Some of his favorite physical activities include: weight training, jumping, sprinting and mobility work.

Ryan earned his undergraduate degree from University of West Alabama and received his masters at Baylor. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).

If you are looking for a Professional Fitness Trainer for the New Year, contact Mukidah Wiggins at 972.233.4832, ext. 4329 or send an email. All Professional Fitness Trainers at Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas have a four-year degree in an exercise science-related field; a Nationally Accredited Certification and a minimum of two years of personal training experience.

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