Gary Benkendorf

Hurst, TX 76053

Certified by The Cooper Institute under the auspices of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies(NCCA), listed in the U.S. Registry for Exercise Professionals ( which operates in conjunction with the Coalition for Registered Exercise Professionals( An agency and organization created to help the consumer locate and distinguish between those Fitness Professionals who are "certified and current with that certification" from those that are not. Information culled through an accredited and verifiable validation resource. In doing so, recognizes and rewards a higher standard of professionalism and credibility. A 2012 recipient of the Cooper Ambassador designation. ( My promise to you is simple. I am committed to providing you with only the highest level of client care. Through big picture approach that specifically supports a life body of performance and function. Bringing a science based, mind and body integrative approach to healthy behavior change to support a better quality of life. By incorporating age/gender and health history driven goals, we will explore a variety of body weight, suspension, asymmetrical, weight resistance with small doses of high intensity interval based training (H.I.I.T.). All crafted specifically for you, not a one size-fits-all program, in a challenging, yet very approachable format. I will guide you to achieve a fitter, faster, leaner, more flexible and better performing body because your body will be a better functioning one. Being a firm believer in what "gets measured, gets improved", setting realistic small goals that are: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T) will get you fabulous results! To get there I understand that adopting healthy behavior change is challenging and to help me better understand your "level of readiness for change", which better prepares for strategies in for those setbacks that can cause derailment through self-sabotage. Integrating the principles of the Trans-Theoretical Model of Behavior Change, strategies that have proven more successful in getting clients results, quicker, with less back tracking and keeping you compliant to your plan. I offer a "free" in-studio consultation to discuss all your questions, concerns, personal goals and training rates. This also provides a wonderful opportunity to visit with me helping you to determine the best fit for you. Bottom-line: I am committed to your success. No more excuses! Let me help you get inspired, motivated and empowered to live a better quality of life!

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About Me


  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Post Secondary Certificate, New York Institute of Technology

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

CI - Certified Personal Trainer Credential
CI - Providing Dietary Guidance Certificate Program
CI - Prehab for Posture and Low Back Workshop
CI - Small Group Personal Training Certificate Program
CI - Walking for Wellness Workshop
CI - Weight Management Leadership Certificate Program
CI - Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercises Workshop
CI - Physical Fitness Specialist Certificate Program
CI - Coaching Healthy Behaviors Certificate Program
CI - Biomechanics of Resistance Training Certificate Program
CI - Balls, Bands, and More Workshop
CI - Indoor Cycling Certificate Program
CI - Interval Training Workshop
CI - Older Adults Fitness Specialist Certificate Program
TRX - TRX Suspension Training Course

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Expires: Mar 31, 2018
Heart Saver
Expires: Mar 31, 2018

AED Certified

American Heart Association Heart Saver AED
Expires: Mar 31, 2018

Gary's Locations

DFW Fitness Connection

416 W. Bedford Euless Road
Hurst, TX 76053

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr, Free consultation: All your questions answered during your free in-studio consult. Rates, Goals, Expectations and more!

Payment Methods

Cash, Cashier's Check, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2012 Cooper Institute Ambassador (more information on website above)
  • 2012 California Death Ride Epic Cycling Event
  • 2010 NPC Texas State Championship - 1st Place - Masters Over 50
  • 2010 NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic - 1st Place - Masters Over 50
  • 2009 NPC Texas State Championship - 1st Place - Masters Over 50
  • 2009 NPC Texas State Shredder Classic - 1st Place - Masters Over 50
  • 2008 NPC Texas State Shredder Classic - 2nd Place - Masters Over 50
  • 2008 NGA Southern States Pro/Am Classic - Overall Champion (Pro Card Winner)
  • 2012 California Death Ride-All 5 pass completion
  • 2013 Triple By-pass Avon-Evergreen, Co-All pass completion
  • *IDEA Home Study-Continuing Education-Certificates of Completion:
  • *Health and Fitness News-Seasonal Eating-1/2015
  • *Proper Excercise Order for Resistance Training and Asymmetrical Bar Training-1/2015
  • *The Affects of Social Media on Body Image-1/2015
  • *Understanding the Relationship Between Heart Rate Variability and Over-Training-1/2015
  • *Mind-Body News and breaking Mental Habits to Combat Pain-1/2015
  • *Health and Fitness News-Burning calories Post Exercise-4/2015
  • *Mind Body News-Reasons to Avoid Combining Cardio and Strength Training-4/2015o
  • *IDEA Fitness Journal-Training Through Pain-4/2015
  • *Food and Nutriton News-Easing Stress and Pain with Nutriton-4/2015
  • *IDEA Fitness Journal-Reducining Risk factors for Heart Disease-4/2015
  • *IDEA Fitness Journal-Health and Finess News and Nutrition News-7/2015
  • *IDEA Fitness Journal-Integrative Training: The Way of the Future-7/2015
  • *IDEA Fitness Journal-Comparing Suspension Training Exercise to Traditonal Resistance Methods-7/2015
  • *The Science and Application of Metabolic Training-4/2016
  • *IDEA Home Study- Heart-Core Training: The New Edition Course-5/2016

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13 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Dennis M on Jun 03, 2015

    I've known Gary for over 25 years and can honestly say he lives his life and fitness values with an unwavering commitment to excellence in everything he sets out to do. When I turned 50, my doctor told me to drop 40 pounds so I called Gary for some motivation, structure and accountability. I was not disappointed and reached my goal in just over 6 months. His coaching and encouragement were invaluable to my progress and I know I would not have succeeded without his mentoring. Spend 15 minutes with him and his passion to help and expertise to guide you will be obvious. Few people have the ability to inspire others in a one on one setting to achieve meaningful, personal goals. Gary is one of the few!

  • by Arturo Rosales on May 26, 2015

    Gary is a trainer who not just really has studied his craft, but communicates and lives it as well. I have been working with him for over 3 years and feel like I benefit from his efforts as a trainer and a health guru daily. He's been the key to losing 40lbs and counting. Wasn't easy but he kept me on track when times got tough. Also talked me in to going back to school which has been the best thing yet going for me. Being in my mid twenties It also helps Gary can relate to me and teaches me something new about life and fitness. Highly recommend Gary if your looking for a great trainer and a stand up guy who is serious about his craft.

  • by Cari norz on Mar 06, 2015

    In December, my husband I decided to start the journey to a healthy lifestyle. After doing some research, we found Gary on We reached out to Gary, and he was so prompt in responding and scheduled an initial consultation. Within moments of meeting Gary, I knew that he was the one that would help me be successful in my journey to a healthy lifestyle. Gary is an excellent motivator, enthusiastic about what he does, and his positive outlook/attitude is infectious. Gary emails peer reviewed articles that help keep me focused, as well recipes that help me try new healthy dishes. Gary is not just a personal trainer in the gym, he is truly invested in my success, all the way around. Gary also sends texts to check in, and sometimes I’ll be out with friends when I receive them, and the response is “You’re trainer is AMAZING”, and I say “Yes, yes he is indeed!” Truly blessed to have found Gary and would highly recommend him to anyone!

  • by Beth Roesch on Feb 22, 2015

    As a divorced mom of four kids, I often find myself overwhelmed. About a year ago, I realized that I needed to focus on helping my oldest improve his health, but I was completely overwhelmed to even think of ways to try to help him, let alone begin to implement things. We were so blessed that part of the way God provided for us was for Gary to begin working with him. He has helped my son in ways I never could have predicted and in ways that were far beyond what I expected. Not only has my son lost over half of the total weight he would like to lose, he has also gained 17 pounds of muscle. But bigger than that, he is motivated to eat, drink, sleep, and live healthier. And bigger than that, he IS healthier: more confident, more relaxed, more motivated, more of who God made him to be.

    Gary is the most gifted encourager I have ever met. I have watched him help my son choose goals for excellence, teach him fitness and health knowledge, and encourage him every step of the way. Somehow, Gary binds all that together with deep compassion and a true desire to help. It has been amazing to watch the transformation as my son has grown from overwhelmed and lethargic to confident and empowered.

    I recommend Gary with the brightest five stars possible.

  • by Steve Ip on Feb 09, 2015

    I have known Gary for 18 years and can attest to his professionalism and knowledge of health and fitness. Apart from being an excellent trainer, knowing the right exercises to challenge me to achieve my fitness goals, I enjoyed getting peer reviewed articles from him to read at the end of each session as it brought a broader perspective of the exercises Gary had me accomplish each session. Gary is also an excellent coach, motivating me at the right time when I would start to slack off with timely reminders about the goals I wanted to achieve for myself.
    Working with Gary I was able to achieve my weight and fitness goals - without him I don't believe I could have run my first Half Marathon last year under two hours.
    I perceive Gary's goal for his clients is to provide the tools so that they can make healthy habits their own for a lifetime.

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