About: Rick Arthur – NASM-CPT, CES, SFS, FNS; ACSM-EIM
I have had a passion for the fitness lifestyle for the past 14 years. The idea of becoming a personal trainer bounced around in my head over the past several years as more and more co-workers from my office would approach me to ask for my advice and assistance with structuring a fitness plan for themselves. Before becoming a trainer I spent 21 years in the financial services industry and played many different roles during during this time. My turning point moment for beginning to work out regularly began in the summer of 2003 during a vacation to Port Aransas. I saw a photo of me in a bathing suit and didn’t like what I saw! I’d spent over 10 years mostly sedentary working in an office and eating poorly. Up to that point, I’d done what many of us have done – start working out and trying to eat healthy for a couple of months followed by a couple of years or more of essentially no activity and fast food. Once I began working out in 2003, it sorta took a life of its own as I maintained my fitness habits and learned more about being and living healthy. In 2014, I enrolled with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and became a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT); Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) which focuses on physical imbalances, injuries from the past, etc; Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS); and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS). I have also become credentialed with the American College of Sports Medicine through their Exercise Is Medicine (EIM) program, where the primary focus is to work with physicians and help folks improve their physical condition with the goal of avoiding future health related issues and diseases. I am also a certified instructor for Silver Sneakers and a CPR/AED/1st Aid Instructor with the American Red Cross. I continue adding to my education in the fitness industry because my goal is to help as many folks as possible live healthier, get stronger, and be more independent as they (we) grow older.