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 (USREPS.org) which operates in conjunction with the Coalition for Registered Exercise Professionals(CREPS.org). An agency and organization created to help the consumer locate and distinguish between those Fitness Professionals who are "certified and current with certification" from those that are not, this helps to ensure the consumer receives a higher standard of service from a Fitness Training Professional maintaining a documented record of achievement by bringing relevant, current knowledge being the goal. A 2012 recipient of the Cooper Ambassador designation. (http://www.cooperinstitute.org/pub/news.cfm?id=131) My promise to you is simple. I am committed to providing you with only the highest level of client care, through a big picture and function first approach. Bringing a science based, mind and body integrative approach to healthy behavior change to support a better quality of life through a better performing body. By incorporating age/gender and health history driven goals, we will explore a variety of approachable and fun training, all crafted specifically for you. Make no mistake, this is not a one size-fits-all program. I will guide you to achieve a fitter, faster, leaner, more flexible, coordidinated and better performing body. 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! Integrating the principles of the Trans-Theoretical Model of Behavior Change, strategies to help determine true level of readiness. This approach has proven more successful in getting clients results quicker with less back tracking and helping you stay on track with your plan. I offer a "free" in-studio consultation to discuss all your questions, concerns, personal goals and training rates. I am committed to your success. No more excuses, let’ s get it done!

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About Me

Degrees

  • AS, New York Institute of Technology
  • AS, New York Institute of Technology

Certifications / Trainings

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

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

Rate

$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

Years Experience

26-30

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-Tour of the Calif. Alps-All 5 pass completion
  • 2016 California Death Ride-Tour of the Calif. Alps-All 5 pass completion
  • IDEA Health & Fitness-Continuing Education-Certificated Studies
  • IDEA - Strength-Training Program Design (For Group Exercise)
  • IDEA - The Science and Application of Metabolic Training
  • IDEA - Heart-Core Circuit Training: The New Edition Course
  • IDEA - Baby Boomers-The Truth About Stretching!
  • IDEA - Balancing Hormones for Optimal Weight Loss
  • IDEA - Health & Fitness News, and Seasonal Eating
  • IDEA - Proper Exercise Order for Resistance Training, and Asymmetrical Bar Training
  • IDEA Fitness Journal - The Effects of Social Media on Body Image
  • IDEA - Understanding the Relationship Between Heart Rate Variability and Overtraining
  • IDEA - Mind-Body News, and Breaking Mental Habits to Combat Pain
  • IDEA - Health & Fitness News, and Burning Calories Post-exercise
  • IDEA - Mind-Body News, and Reasons to Avoid Combining Cardio and Strength Training
  • IDEA - Training Through Pain
  • IDEA - Reducing Risk Factors for Heart Disease
  • IDEA - Food and Nutrition News, and Easing Stress and Pain With Nutrition
  • IDEA - Health and Fitness News, and Nutrition News
  • IDEA - Integrative Training: The Way of the Future
  • IDEA - Comparing Suspension Exercise to Traditional Resistance Methods
  • IDEA - Blast Your Abs, Glutes and Core - A Big HIIT With Your Clients
  • IDEA - Become a World-Class Coach--Top Seven Must-Dos to Create Success and Significance
  • IDEA - Health and Fitness News, and Dieting and the Latest Science on Fat
  • IDEA - Anticipate the Needs of Older Clients, and Mind-Body Awareness and Mindfulness
  • IDEA - Exploring Reasons for Low Thyroid Function
  • IDEA - Health, Fitness and Nutrition News
  • IDEA - Benefits of Exercise for Children, and Helping Stroke Survivors
  • IDEA - Coach Clients Through Behavior Change
  • IDEA - Eat to Win-Enhance Performance and Promote Recovery

Languages Spoken

English

Gender

Male

13 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Marcus Patterson on Jan 22, 2018

    I've known Gary for about two years now. He's very smart and knows what he's talking about when it comes to fitness. I would recommend him if you need a personal trainer.

  • by Sue Alder on Jan 05, 2018

    I've known Gary for about 10 years. And over those years, I've had the opportunity to train with him. He has never disappointed. There is a HUGE difference between a certified trainer and someone who gives themselves the title, yet has never been certified in fitness training. Gary is kind, considerate, knowledgeable, professional and very patient. He spends time getting to know you, what your strengths & weaknesses are, your motivation and goals. Then designs a program to help you reach those goals. He's your #1 cheerleader. I was coming off some negative trainer experiences when I met Gary and after working with him, it was such a positive experience, I cannot say enough good things about him and his approach to personal training. You will not be disappointed...

  • 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 ideafit.com. 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!

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