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hospital. As if those two years weren't challenging enough, in 2010, he was diagnosed with
thyroid cancer that required its removal; much
worse than doctors anticipated, he spent an
additional week in the hospital.
In his own words, "All three of these experiences changed the way I trained my clients
as I almost lost my ability to work with them
entirely. I placed more value on connecting
with my clients and learning to appreciate
them as individuals. Prior to these experiences
I trained my clients like I trained myself, with a
mindset that injury could not occur. I quickly

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discovered that it could and I developed much
more empathy for my clients and the physical
limitations they were experiencing."
Robert hit a stride the next four years. He
won the NSCA's 2012 Personal Trainer of the
Year award and his business was growing and
thriving. His cancer and lower back experiences developed into areas of expertise that
attracted many of his now current clientele.
The year 2014 brought yet another physical challenge for Robert. Both of his labrums
in his hips had severe arthritis and deterioration from 10 years of over-lifting while train-

ing as a competitive hammer thrower. He had
two surgeries at that point to prolong the
need for hip replacements. He since has had
both hips replaced, neither of course without
the proverbial bumps in the road to recovery.
Robert's 10 surgeries and countless medical procedures to date are certainly not
anything he boasts about. Rather, it's with
his shift in perspective that Robert has used
challenge as an opportunity to shape who he
is as a fitness professional, reinforce his why
and enrich the experience, education and
training methods he provides his clients.


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