Trainer Bio

Richard Lee

I have been a personal trainer since 2009 and have worked in a variety of settings.  Now, I have my own business taking fitness to you!  I have worked with hundreds of people ranging from teens to octogenarians, helping them achieve goals of fat loss, performance, and gaining lean muscle.

My philosophy is that you have to make a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix with your health and fitness.  When you take the time to eat right and exercise consistently, it not only changes the scale and what size pants you wear, but it gives you more energy and confidence, allowing you to be a better version of you.

I help my clients with integrative fitness programs. Many trainers just focus on strength training and do traditional body builder workouts. The way I train utilizes multi-joint, multi-planar exercises that require more stabilization of your core, producing movement efficiency, strength, and power gains.  I also utilize conditioning techniques to change your metabolism so you turn your body into a fat burning machine!

I started Journey Fitness because I was frustrated with the level or customer service and professionalism I was surrounded with while working at a “big box gym”. I felt that clients there were overcharged and under served by trainers who are mostly inexperienced and were forced to sell ancillary products that the clients didn’t need. The big box gym is more focused on how to make more money than how they treat people. With Journey Fitness, I set out to do the exact opposite and our high client retention rate is proof of it.

My Education:

B.S. Kinesiology – Kansas State University

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Corrective Exercise Specialist

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Performance Enhancement Specialist

Functional Movement Screen (FMS) level 1

Currently Pursuing: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (taking test in Jan ’18 at start of the next 2 year certification period)

I strive to keep learning, working on new certifications and continuing education.  This helps me stay current with the industry and the latest research, and reinforce my passion for health and fitness.

Athletic Experience:

ksulaxfaceoffIn my youth, I played baseball, soccer and basketball. When I started high school at Parkway North, I played soccer at a high level as a freshman, played baseball and Legion Baseball in the summer. I also was dedicated in the weight room, motivated by Coach Kinney who was a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist). With my time in the weight room, I found another sport I was good at, eventually becoming a state champion Olympic weightlifter for my weight class. The weight room also inspired me to switch from soccer to football for my last two years of high school. In baseball, I dealt with an elbow injury that I played through, eventually ending my baseball days after my sophomore season. I then made the switch to lacrosse. I caught on quickly and was an All-Star in the state of Missouri by my senior year. I took my lacrosse game with me to Kansas State and played 4 years there.

Personal:

091I have been married for almost 5 years to my wife, Kelly. In my free time, I am an avid mountain biker, play on a men’s lacrosse team, play golf, and enjoy the outdoors.

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