Name: Kevin Kearns
Education/Certification: BS in Exercise Physiology, NSCA, Free Motion Master Trainer, FMS Cert
Location: Boston And Abroad
Number Of Clients: 50 plus - includes corporations, martial arts schools, athletes etc.
Rates: Depends on if it's a group, one on one, seminar, certification, corporation, etc.
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?
I grew up as the "last pick". You know, the kid in the neighborhood who was a late bloomer and not the best athlete. As a matter a fact I am writing a book on that subject now.
A tragedy in my life (my father died when I was 12) lead me into martial arts. From martial arts I learned that if you practice you can get better. I took that to heart and live that way every day. I began lifting weights at the age of 14 and have been hooked on exercising ever since.
As I develop my exercise lifestyle, I ended up turning into a career. With the UFC fighters I was in the right place at the right time. Now we are focusing on educating other trainers in our system to help other people especially children and the aging population.
My mandate is to end extreme weight problems.
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From Martial Arts Kevin Learned That If You Practice
You Get Better, And He Took That To Heart.
[ Q ] When and why did you become a trainer?
I became a trainer in 1987. I love helping people. My professor from college, Dr. David Thomas, said one day my job would be to help people feel good about exercise. I absorb that and live that daily. If I can help one person get back on track and exercise regularly then my life is worth living. I am here to serve.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
My mantra is "more fitness, less time, better results." We want to activate as many muscles in as many angles as possible. This is life and gives you the most benefit in a shorter time frame. My style is functional strength training with a twist.
The idea is to make it fun and not boring. I use what works to make it fun and interesting. I want clients to be able to do it anywhere and anytime. We try and use a lot of MMA conditioning methods for mainstream America.
[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
UFC fighters such as Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis, Patrick Cote, Jorge Gurgel, Nate Quarry, Kurt Pellegrino, Alex Karalexis, Alberto Crane, and list continues. As well as martial arts school owner like Keith Thompson, Tim Barchard, Chris Rappold, Chris Robinson, Mark Dellagrotte and their students.
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Kevin Has Been Successful In Training UFC
Fighters Like Kenny Florian And Many Others.
[ Q ] Who are some of your most notable clients?
I had the opportunity to work with Kevin James this summer for about 6 months; he is a great guy! As well as my close relationship with Team Sityodtong, Team Nexus, many of the fighters, Chris Rappold (Gold medalist in WACKO), and the Paul Mitchell Karate team who I trained last weekend.
[ Q ] Can you please you give me an example diet and training program you put together for your clients?
We offer people some simple concepts:
- Take yeast out of your diet. What does yeast do in bread? Makes it rise! Same thing in your gut.
- Reduce dairy. The dairy in this country is as healthy as other countries.
- Get rid of high fructose corn syrup. This promotes weight gain.
- Get rid of added sodium. This can cause serious problems.
- Rotate your foods. Most people eat out of convenience, that's not how we evolved. Our ancestors ate what was available.
- Stop eating processed foods. If you have to look it up on Google you probably should not be eating it.
- Even ratio of carbs and protein per meal.
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Training With Kevin Kearns You Can Expect To
Exercises Like One Legged Kettle Bell Deadlifts.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
The word "usually." They usually eat this or usually do this for a workout and wonder why they are not getting results. The body will adapt very quickly and it needs to be shaken up every so often. The other challenge is consistency. They fall into the trap of "I don't have a full hour to workout, so I will skip today". We are big fans of something is better than nothing.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
One suit size fits all. The programs have to be specific to the client's needs and goals. I don't think other trainers make mistakes, I think they get stuck in training the same way. They need to explore all training methods and strive to learn more every day. If you told me I would be doing hot yoga 2 or 3x per week 3 years ago, I would have told you, you are nuts. There is a lot of power in learning more for yourself and your clients.
[ Q ] Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?
If that is what they want. It all depends on what the client wants or needs. I have gone as extensive as going out to a location and teaching them how to shop, cook, eat, and train. We have done this successfully with several executives and athletes. We call this our Platinum program.
[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
Change - which is a good thing - we try and mix it up constantly. If I, or one of my trainers has an idea for a workout or exercise, we try it out. You need to keep things fresh and on the edge.
[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?
Every client has their own needs and goals, so each client is trained differently. We may use some of the same protocols but each client is a project in itself.
[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
Yes we have, we now incorporate a lot of yoga at the end of training sessions and MMA conditioning concepts in the beginning.
[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
The first step we perform is an initial consult. This includes health history, injuries, and needs & goals. The assessment is the program. Each training session we are watching and evaluating the client. Unless the client has some pre-existing condition, then we refer out.
[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
It does not matter to us. We prefer people that have open minds and are willing to work towards their goals and desires.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
As a professional personal trainer, we can not help but be invested into peoples' lives. Their dreams become your dreams. We become a good listener. What most tend to forget is if you can help the client align their thoughts as well as their body, attracting wellness is much easier. If they have the mindset that it will be hard and it will take a long time, then that is what will happen.
If you constantly reinforce the good on what they are doing, this makes a deposit in their fitness and wellness IRA everyday. Our job as professional trainers at Burn with Kearns is to educate, motivate, inspire, and entertain.
I don't know about other trainers, but that is my Dharma, my calling as you will. My job is to reach and help as many lives as possible whether it's one on one, group, DVDS sales, Burn With Kearns Certification, seminars, online training, or workshops.
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