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The Definitive Guide to Joining a Gym for the First Time
Gino A. Spada
Sedentary living is as detrimental to your health—if not more so—than smoking. Most people do not get enough regular physical activity, and are aging faster than ever before and developing chronic diseases as a direct result.
Joining a gym is the most effective way to introduce physical activity, especially strength training, into your life. Not only can you boost your ease, enjoyment, and quality of life; you save your own life. With Start Right! you can join a gym with confidence, knowing that you have armed yourself with everything you need to know. Gino A. Spada not only prepares you for what to expect when you walk into a health club for the very first time, but also teaches you how to do all the basic exercises (and many advanced ones) properly, safely and effectively. He also discusses the physical fitness needs of adolescents and what they can do now in preparation of joining a gym at sixteen.
The ultimate guide for those interested in joining a gym for the first time and getting in shape, regardless of age or ability—in plain language, from an experienced trainer and health club owner. Read this book, lose the anxiety, and join up with confidence!
Gino A. Spada was raised in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, where he opened G&M Fitness Health Club in May 1986. In that year, Gino became a member of the Ontario Fitness Council; was certified in First Aid and CPR; and graduated from the Ontario Fitness Leadership Program (OFLP-YMCA) and the ICS Fitness and Nutrition course.
Gino has coached local ice hockey from ages 5 through 17 and is certified as a Level II (Junior Level) Hockey Trainer. His additional certifications include as a Registered Fitness Appraiser by the Canadian Association of Sport Sciences (1987); as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), San Diego, California (1991); and as a Weight Trainer by the International Weight Trainers Association, Ohio (1997). He was certified by the Health Sciences Academy as a Nutritional Therapist in 2015.
Gino became a competitive amateur natural bodybuilder in 1998 at the age of 38, competing in Buffalo, New York (twice); Rochester, New York; Toronto, Ontario; Hamilton, Ontario; Stratford, Ontario (three times); and Cobourg, Ontario. He has also been a strongman competitor.
Gino has personally trained players of hockey, baseball, football, basketball, and soccer, golfers, swimmers, runners, cyclists, dancers, figure skaters, bodybuilders, power lifters, and many others. He has trained many persons with physical disabilities, including but not limited to those with blindness and paralysis; amputees; motor vehicle accident survivors; stroke and heart attack patients; some with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis; frail and elderly people; and more.
Gino is the author of Eat Smart, Eat Often, Eat Small (“The S.O.S. Book”) (self-published, 2012), a weight management book. He is presently training at the Health Sciences Academy’s Harvard-level course Nutrition for Cancer Prevention and Longevity.
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