Why read this blog and how is different from other training goals blogs out there?
Being in business over a decade of training for performance working with hundreds of athletes from 7 years old to professional rank, I believe that my experiences as well as failures will help educate you as well as transform you physically and mentally.
I have grown up in a gym since the age of 14 and have heard what the best supplement was, the latest fad fitness tip to add inches to your arms, sports performance advantages to take tenths off your 40, improve your vertical and so much more. Some of it was bologna while some needed to be tested and tweaked and I spent countless of minutes, hours, and years tweaking in the trenches training my myself and my athletes with the goal of improving each ones potential without making the countless mistakes I’ve made.
What is your favorite sport?
I grew up playing many sports but as I continued to get older and figure out my strengths, I couldn’t help but love track and field as well as football.
What’s your favorite strength training exercise?
It’s hard for me to pick just one but over the last few years I’ve really began to enjoy the front squat for its many benefits of improved strength, athleticism, and carryover to so many other lifts.
What type of conditioning do you do?
For the most part where I live has nice weather year round and many things can be done creatively to improve conditioning. In addition to playing recreational sports like ultimate Frisbee, flag football, and basketball, I love getting out side and flipping tires and sprinting hills. Spring and summer time I really take it up a notch. 1-2 times per week and you’ll be in amazing shape.
How did you pick the name for your gym, “FITT Warehouse?”
FITT is actually a term used to describe the different aspects of fitness. Frequency, Intensity, Type, & Time.
My wife actually picked the name of the gym back when it first opened up. I had jotted down some names as did she and then we compared them with hers winning. I learned early on you could be happy or right but you couldn’t be both so we picked hers. www.fittwarehouse.com opened May 1, 2006.
My favorite type of meal
I was blessed with the simplest of taste buds and don’t need much variety at all. I love hormone free ground beef with a big dark leafed salad and if I had to have desert I’ve been turned onto something called mango sticky rice dessert.
If I could eat one thing and have no worries what is it?
Oh man oh man I could eat pizza from Johnny’s particularly Johnny’s Deluxe every single day with Dr. Pepper but I save that (minus the soft drink) for football Sundays.
Other than pizza, what other “indulgences” do you have?
Hmm….Pizza is it. I’m a simple dude although my wife thinks differently.
How do you train? Do you practice what you preach?
I train hard and intense but smarter than I did in my teens and early 20’s. I always try to do something physical 5-6 days per week with 3 maybe 4 dedicated days for gym with ultimate Frisbee and flag football thrown in. Sleeping and eating is hard due to me being at the facility 70% of my day so that is why I’ve had to test and tweak to get adequate meals and snacks in, quality sleep, and some down time in order to keep sane.
Occasionally I’ll take a 15 minute nap before the afternoon takes off. It is important for me to continue to learn and educate myself in order to bring the best to my athletes and clients as well as this blog and to do that I spend 1-1.5 hours a day reading and writing keeping FITT a fined oiled machine.
When at home I’m doing better about not letting the gym consume my mind and spend as much time as I can with my wife Mindy and by dog Bella..
What kind of tunes get you pumped up and what is at FITT Warehouse?
My tastes for music and its content have changed as my life has changed and I’ve gotten older. I’m willing within reason to put on whatever an athlete needs to fire up and rock out a PR during their workout. More often than not here is what you’ll find on the gym spotify
The most played artists at FITT:
- Trip Lee
- Kesha (yes, I know but many PR’s have been set to Kesha)
- Eminem (edited)
- Rage Against the Machine
- Beastie Boys
With your gym being for athletes, who is your dream client?
I used to believe it would be a professional athlete but experience has shown me that any athlete who is self-driven with goals and a consistent work ethic is a dream client. Anyone can take a superstar and train them but take the average or slightly below and coach them up and the things that they can achieve is amazing.
More about Travis:
My senior year of high school I encountered many things personally and athletically that brought me to the conclusion to train more optimally for sports and life. I entered my junior year of high school as a 145 lb kid that was terribly under size to be successful for sports particularly contact sports.
As a teenager anything you do regarding weight train will yield positive results for the most part. I began training more intensely (thinking more was better) but was able to gain an additional 22 lbs of lean muscle by the start of my senior year to my graduation. My hard work paid off as I performed well in track and field in the events of the 400m & 200m even setting at the time state and meet records, winning regions, and placing 5th in state on a fractured tibia.
This was just the start of my training journey as my friends, teammates, and family took notice of not only my physical transformation so much so that they started asking for fitness advice and performance advice. I then realized that somehow someway I’m going to work with athletes who want to get better not just for sports but life.
I had to endure may injuries and surgeries at the time were very frustrating but looking back at it is was a blessing for greater things allowing me the opportunity to rehab with top therapists, learn about the body, and endure hardship, while learning that the body is a unit not a sector and it must be trained that way.
I sought out enhance my education regarding training and conditioning and sought out the most knowledgeable coaches, intern programs, books, cd’s, DVD’s, & you name to give myself and athletes the best and most optimal chance to succeed. I began study combine and pro day preparations for athletes performed successful numbers myself. Clientele continue to pour in ranging from pee wee sport athletes to high school, professional, military and LEO.
My approach is unique yet simple and it’s this approach combing proven science with forgotten old school lifts that continues to produce results and keep them coming back for more.
FITT Warehouse I was opened in 2006 in Newnan GA to provide Coweta county with a facility geared to improving performance and educating athletes and parents. Through the years we have grown from an 800 square foot facility with no athletes and clients to a 5,300 square foot facility with an awesome family atmosphere and crazy results.
Unfortunately English and Literature were not my strong suites and I’m not able to put into words or express how truly humbled and grateful I am for everyone who has had a hand in my life or is at this gym.
I will promise you to give you my very best each and every time to provide with the very best training, information, advice I can find and give to you to help you obtain your goals and reach beyond your potential.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you read all of it, well then you’re in for a good ride in the future.
In Success and Strength,