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ACE certified personal trainer

Rick Pitts lightening bolt

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About Rick

At 56 I'm in the best shape of my life and I want to help you be in the best shape of your life at any age! Training will begin with a comprehensive consultation. We will evaluate your lifestyle, goals, health concerns, diet and any special obstacles to achieving your fitness goals. Clients need to commit to at least 6 months of training to achieve their goals. Making major lifestyle changes takes commitment and consistent work. I recommend 3 or 4 sessions a week. We can include cardio sessions in your training program or you can do aerobic training in addition to scheduled training times. I am also a state certified Massage Therapist.

Body and mind are inextricably joined and whatever we do to one changes the other. As you begin your journey to health I encourage to get the maximum benefit by taking care of your mind. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, but if you combine this with meditation and other energetic practices such as Tai Chi the benefits greatly enhanced.


My favorite client story

Leland (male age 40) a library director, had tried to exercise on his own for years without results. He had ankle problems which made walking difficult when we began working together. 31% of his 190 pounds were fat. After a year of training he lost 54 pounds (43 pounds of fat) and 12% of his body weight was fat. The transformation was so amazing that he literally looked like a new man. See before and after pictures in photos

My favorite exercise

Cable flies are my favorite exercise, but I like all cable exercises. They help you sculpt the chest (or other body part) safely. Cable exercises allow a natural safe range allowing you to push to complete failure without fear of being crushed by hundreds of pounds of iron.

My favorite quote

There is no wealth but life. This is the simple truth, but we get so caught up in the race to have new things and experiences that we fail to appreciate the basic gifts of serenity, health and the love of family and friends.

My training philosophy

Body and mind are inextricably joined and whatever we do to one changes the other. As you begin your journey to health I encourage to get the maximum benefit by taking care of your mind. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, but if you combine this with meditation and other energetic practices such as Tai Chi the benefits greatly enhanced.

My training experience

BS Psychology (magna cum laude) ACE Certified, CMT VA.I was certified by the American Council on Exercise and certified as a Massage Therapist in 1996. I began my fitness career as a trainer with the YMCA and also maintained a small office as a massage therapist. .In 1998 I opened a fitness studio in Richmond where I worked with training and massage clients for 14 years. In this time I worked with a variety clients and small groups and employed other trainers and massage therapist. In 2000 at age 40 I entered the NABBA (National Amateur Bodybuilding Association) Mid Atlantic competition and won 1st Place in the Men's Masters Division. I then went to the NABBA NY Grand Prix (National competition) and won 3rd and place there. I have created and conducted seminars in meditation and did continuing education in hypnosis and used hypnotherapy to help clients stop smoking, lose weight and overcome other problems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Muscular Definition

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Training Areas Served

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