I discovered Hunter through a colleague; I was working with a trainer, but my friend raved about Hunter. I wasn't making any real progress with my trainer at that time, and wasn't confident that she had a firm plan for me when we'd get together to train. I've had 4-5 personal trainers in the past, and coaches and instructors for different sports from track & field to cycling (racing)/cyclocross to skiing and mountain biking. Hunter is hands down the best trainer with whom I've ever had the privilege to work. Hunter and I started training together one day a week in August, 2014. He saw me through a back injury that I sustained before we started working together -- lifting heavy boxes (likely without a strong and stable core and good body positioning) and aggravated by continuous cycling. It turned out I had a herniated disc and disc fragments stuck in my nerve root-- I had minor back surgery and had to take 3 months off any activity afterwards, and was warned to come back gradually once I started up again. I wondered if and how Hunter could work with those restrictions. He absolutely did-- kicked my ass (in a good way!) and was always safe and cautious with increasing the workload. We started with body weight work and exercises I didn't know existed, and added on cautiously...I was back in no time, going harder and heavier than ever. I've continued to increase steadily because it's so much fun and I feel so good. I work with Hunter 4 days a week now; it's generally the highlight of my day.
Hunter distinguishes himself from other trainers I've known with his deep knowledge and understanding of anatomy and how muscles perform and how the body responds during strength training. When I met Hunter, I was blown away by his physique, but also knew that my goal wasn't to get big. Hunter listens carefully to his clients' goals and truly tailors a client's program to his/her own unique goals, preferences, any physiological limitations, yet never sacrifices performing a given exercise correctly. He gets along with anyone, whether a client is a seasoned athlete or completely new to training-- he is genuinely kind, warm, friendly, and knows just how to push and encourage different clients to match their individual needs for motivation. He pays attention and can read his clients-- who needs harder pushing and who needs less. Although I wanted to keep Hunter a secret, he was too good not to share with my husband and friends. I told my husband he should try working with Hunter, and he was admittedly skeptical at first. He said he didn't want big muscles for the sake of big muscles, but wanted to be functionally strong for his favorite sports. I told him to just give it a try. My husband has made incredible improvement and lifts in some cases double what he once could (e.g. deadlifts or rack deads), and looks amazing. He walks and sits up straighter, rips down the slopes with more strength and confidence than ever.
Hunter's years of personal experience, his understanding of the role of nutrition in one's health and training, and his unquenchable interest in his craft make him the most amazing trainer I've ever worked with. He's constantly perfecting his craft -- he reads voraciously and incorporates all that he learns into his work. He pushes me to work hard but in just the right way for me. I am constantly progressing: he mixes up our workouts to keep it interesting, he has this encyclopedic library in his head of different exercises and variations to work different parts of the anatomy, he responds to any changing goals I might have, and he's just a blast to work with.
LIterally a week doesn't go by that someone at work or on the street or in a restaurant doesn't stop me and comment to me on my physique. I always tell the same story-- I've lifted throughout much of my life as an adjunct to other sports-- track and field, cycling, skiing, and have always loved lifting weights but it was a secondary sport. Through and with Hunter, I've discovered how incredible strength training is in and of itself. I know some women have said to me that they've worried about strength training with someone like Hunter because they don't want to look big and bulky and like a power-lifter (these were my initial concerns). I ask them if that's how I look, and they say, "No. You just look ripped". :)
Give Hunter a try-- I can promise you that you will look back after months together and wonder how you ever managed before.