Trainer Bio

Ian (he/him/his) is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. Originally from Northern Virginia, he has lived in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh since 2003.

Raised on D.C. punk/hardcore music and influenced by its progressive and inclusionary ethics, Ian is happy to be among the growing ranks of fitness professionals who understand that fitness is a social justice issue.

Ian has a BA in English Writing and Film from the Univesity of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. He also works as a part-time college writing instructor.

Training Philosophy

As a white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied man in the fitness industry, I hope to use my privilege to make fitness spaces safer, more welcoming, and more accessible to all people. I am by no means an expert on these issues, but continue to educate myself on how my practice can be more equitable and inclusive.

I am a Health At Every Size® practitioner; I do not incorporate any sort of diet, calorie counting, or body measuring into my training. I do not promote intentional weight loss. I do not enforce oppressive social norms of what health and fitness look like. Instead, I promote joyful, life-enhancing movement tailored to meet my clients' specific goals. As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, my focus is on pain and injury prevention.

Gyms can be intimidating places, and the industry is rampant with toxic masculinity. I try to combat this through gentle, encouraging, supportive coaching that celebrates all gender identities and expressions.

The cost of personal training can often be prohibitive. For now, my partial solution is to offer sliding-scale payments and discounts for multiple session purchases. I am continuing to brainstorm ways to address this issue.

The gym I train out of (Studio Body at 15 Freeport Rd., Pittsburgh, PA) is one floor and accessible from the ground level. I also offer in-home training for clients with mobility or transportation obstacles.

I am also happy to recommend some great queer, larger-bodied, non-male, and non-white personal trainers.


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