Back in 2007, with nary a dollar to his name but a big dream in his head, James Fitzgerald decided it was time for a career change. A full time restaurant manager, he was driven by the desire to start his own personal training business, MVP Fitness, which stands for, “Mobile, Versatile, and Productive.” Today it’s not only a successful company but also the training philosophy he instills in every one of his (many) clients.
But back in ’07, that acronym didn’t exactly apply to his business.
At its inception, MVP Fitness treaded water. As James puts it, “For a solid 4 months I struggled. I had no clients, and very little money.” But his luck would soon turn around. He came across TRX Suspension Training in a fitness magazine and decided then and there that TRX was what he would stake his personal reputation on.
The reason was simple: “What excites me most about the TRX is its functionality, portability, and the endless amount of exercises that can be performed,” using it. His personal training mentality has always been about creating a “functional, unified body that complies with my demands.” And in the TRX, he saw a single tool with which he could achieve that end for himself and his clients in a variety of challenging ways.
So, with a little help from his friends he purchased his first TRX and hasn’t looked back since. That first purchase left him with nothing in the bank, but – as it would turn out – proved to be the best decision he could have made. He trained his first client using the TRX shortly thereafter and picked up three additional clients in the process - curious onlookers who liked what they saw. “My TRX paid for itself in just under an hour…it’s the best investment I have ever made,” he proudly extols.
Today, aside from being an avid TRX user himself, James owns and operates MVP Fitness in Amherst, Massachusetts where he teaches nine TRX classes every week. What’s more, he was brought on by two local health clubs to launch their TRX Training programs as well.
His goal is to corner the TRX market in Western Massachusetts and start a fitness phenomenon in the process. When asked what advice he’d give to first-time TRX’ers, he instinctively replies: “The same advice I give to anyone trying something for the first time: STICK TO IT!”
Better watch out, Massachusetts.
To launch your own TRX Suspension Training class or bootcamp, all you have to do is take a TRX education course and pick up a few TRX Suspension Trainers.