Trainer Bio

Richard Lee

My time as a trainer started while I was finishing my degree at K-State, training staff and residents at a local retirement home in 2009. I then moved home to St. Louis and worked at a “big box gym” for 3 years. In 2012, I started my own business taking fitness to you!

I have experience working with hundreds of people of all ages. I have a lot of experience training high school athletes, boomers and seniors, and everyone in between. Whether your goal is to lose fat, gain lean muscle, become a better athlete, or just move and feel better, I can help you.

I don’t believe in fad diets. I don’t think athletes should train like body builders, or worry about how much grandma can bench press. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect radical transformations in a matter of a few weeks like you may see advertised on TV or radio. I believe in learning the basics and doing them well, consistently.

I started Journey Fitness because I was frustrated with the level of 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 were mostly inexperienced and forced to sell ancillary products that their 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)

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 and baseball and then 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 Scan0002becoming 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 since 2012 to my wife, Kelly. In my free time, I am an avid mountain biker, play on a men’s lacrosse team, golf, and enjoy hiking with our dog.

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