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Journey to Success

By Lindsay Vastola

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obert Linkul. Whether you've
heard him speak at an industry conference, read an article he's shared industry-wide,
interacted with him on social
media or have worked with him as your trainer and coach, there are several memorable
characteristics about him that are immediately
obvious, even from your very first encounter.
Robert is constantly connecting, extending
opportunities and lifting others to greater
heights. He oozes passion for fitness and he
has an intense commitment to raise the standards of our industry; the kind of commitment

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that you see in people who can't sleep at night
because they are constantly thinking about
what more they can do.
However, as is true with each of us, it's only
when you dig a little deeper to learn what
shaped Robert Linkul beyond what we see at
the surface, that you begin to really appreciate
the journey to his reputation and success.

EARLY LESSONS SHAPE THE JOURNEY
In 1999, Robert started as a YMCA trainer with
an internal-gym certification. In an environment
where his manager was focused more on meeting quotas and training himself than he was on

helping the staff become better trainers, he
quickly learned that his certification was lackluster at best and did not prepare him for the
responsibilities of the job. It was far from the way
he wanted to start his career. He felt lost in terms
of where to look for resources or assistance.
Serendipitously, he found his way to the kinesiology department at California State University, Sacramento. One of his most impressionable
instructors told him that he should never have
a client perform a movement without having a
reason for doing so. This single action of questioning "why" has since had a significant impact
not only on his approach as a trainer, but on how


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