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My name is John Snyder and I created this blog in order to help educate anyone who is interested in beginning a fitness program or for those who need a few ideas to improve their current workouts.

First, I'll give you a little background information about myself...

I first discovered my passion for fitness during high school when I was preparing for my first season of midget major ice hockey. I spent the next 2 years focusing on my strength and conditioning in order to improve my performance on the ice. After spending two seasons playing for the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (Midget Major AAA), I continued my playing career with the Cincinnati Cyclones, currently the Queen City Steam, in the Central States Hockey League (Junior A, Tier III). Following this season, I signed with Youngstown State University, where I continued my pursuit of both my hockey career and exercise science.

During my undergraduate education, I learned all aspects of exercise science (exercise physiology, kinesiology/biomechanics, and exercise testing/prescription). The summer before my senior year, I received certification as a personal trainer from the American College of Sports Medicine. From this point on, I have been providing personal training services at the JCC of Youngstown. My clients have ranged from those pursuing athletic endeavors to those simply striving to meet their goal-weight.

Currently, I am attending the University of Pittsburgh studying to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). While in Pittsburgh, I will continue my career in personal training along side my current education. Becoming a physical therapist has been my goal since my first encounter with the profession during my Freshman year in high school. Throughout my playing career, I suffered numerous injuries and every time, my therapist was able to rehabilitate me back to my previous level of competition. Having the ability to return an athlete to their passion is a remarkably gratifying experience and I consider myself lucky for the opportunity to pursue this career.

Thanks for reading and I will try to update this blog weekly with useful tips and information for those of you seeking a better understanding of health and fitness.

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