Meet April’s Client of the Month – Misty!

Misty Cramer

What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?


Fun and success is why I chose Nunn’s.  I heard about the Fitness Challenge a few years ago and decided to participate.  The tire flipping and other events were so much FUN.  After that, I did the 3 free training sessions. Jason corrected my form on deadlift and squat which helped my knees.  I realized that Jason was more than the average trainer, he had actual credentials.  He has a master’s degree in physical education. His knowledge is evident when he coaches me on injury prevention and how to get stronger. FUN initially got me in the door. The success, continued fun, and community atmosphere keep me here.


What have your accomplishments been so far?


All of my lifts have shown improvement. I’ve competed in local strongman events and powerlifting events.


Meet February’s Client of the Month – Amanda!


What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

I decided to train at Nunn’s Performance after seeing a family member’s results from the gym.  I had been training for while myself, and trying multiple things, but I wasn’t seeing the results that I felt I should.

What have your accomplishments been so far?

Where to start?  Being 5 foot on a good day, it shocks me that I am now training for a power lifting competition, deadlifting 200 pounds, training with heavy weights. Let’s just say that I thought NONE of this was possible.

How has your success in the gym impacted your daily life?

I am now comfortable in my own skin; I’ve always struggled with confidence and I am now working hard, seeing results, and am actually proud of myself.

Meet December’s Client of the Month – Jill!

Jill Wasson


What made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

I found Nunn’s by using Groupon. I was excited to find a business that provided training near Avon. It also didn’t hurt that it was a great deal! As a member of a larger gym, I always felt intimidated and overwhelmed. Being a runner and having run a few half-marathons, I would use the treadmill and that was about it. I wasn’t having much luck losing weight and I wanted to work on gaining strength and muscle tone. I knew I couldn’t accomplish that on my own. After my Groupon was finished, I went back to my other gym and fell right back to my same treadmill routine. I couldn’t wait to get back to Nunn’s and continue lifting weights. I really missed Nunn’s a ton (especially Jason….because we all know how awesome he is!).

15 Mistakes In 10 Years

Avon fitness“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” 
― Albert Einstein

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since I got my first personal training job.  Looking back on my career so far, I think I’ve accomplished quite a bit.  I’ve had clients/athletes get drafted to the NFL, sign free agent contracts to the NFL, become an olympic hopeful, make it to the big leagues, and lose thousands of pounds and get fitter and stronger that they ever thought possible.  I’ve been published to some pretty mainstream sites (like here and here).

Sure this looks pretty good, but I’ve also made plenty of mistakes and had many failures along the way.  The purpose of this post is to bring them to light so that others don’t make the same colossal failures I have.  Here’s 15 mistakes I’ve made in ten years:

Meet July’s Client of the Month – Dee Lewis!


deeWhat made you initially choose Nunn’s Performance Training?

I saw the sign when taking my son to soccer at Lil Kickers.

What have your accomplishments been so far?

My main accomplishments have been weight loss (about 20lbs) and my overall fitness and strength have gone up considerably.

How has your success in the gym impacted your daily life?

I’m much more active these days and overall I feel better and sleep better (and I like my sleep!!!)

What are your future fitness goals?

I’d like to increase my cardiovascular endurance and get my bench press and squat to 300+ pounds.

Great job on all your hard work Dee! We’re happy to have you here at Nunn’s Performance Training!

Guest Post: Kristin’s Perform Better Notes And Write – Up

Chicago Perform Better Summit

I recently got the opportunity to attend Perform Better’s Three Day Summit. I was a little nervous to get started but once we were there and underway, I was too busy to be nervous! To say I learned a lot is an understatement and it was a great, informative weekend. Here’s what happened!


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Oh The Brain Workout


Alwyn Cosgrove – Training the Executive Athlete

Alwyn started off my conference experience and, after reading many of his articles online, it was awesome to hear him finally speak.  The ‘executive athlete’ that he refers to is anyone who used to be an athlete or who use to be fit and wants be that again.  Those people can come to your gym already in shape and wanting to take it to the next level or it could be a fat loss client that needs a new challenge or goal.

How To Pick The Right Coach

A few weeks ago, John Meadows and Dave Tate released what they referred to as the “4 Golden Rules Of Picking A Coach”.  I wrote a post a while back called 10 Questions To Ask Your Personal Trainer and thought this scoring system would be a good addition to that.

Here are Dave and John’s 4 golden rules:

1. What is their education?
Do they have a degree? In a related field? BS, Masters, PHD? Certifications? Continuing Education? Internships? Work History? Mentors? Self Thought…? It’s very important that they understand how to translate education, studies, etc into actual client scenarios too. This is critical.

On a scale of 1-5 where do they rank? 5 would be advanced degree, internship and 2-3 very good mentors. Work back from there. If they are only self thought they get a 1 or 2.

10 Strength And Speed Training Tips For Youth Athletes

Here’s 10 tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your strength and speed training for youth athletes.

 1.  Strength Training Is Speed Training

Well known strength coach Mike Boyle is famous for saying “you can’t have speed without strength.”  Basically, he’s saying you can’t have a good speed training program without a good strength training program to accompany it.  The bottom line with speed is that you have to be able to apply force to the ground.  The more relative strength (think strength to bodyweight ratio), the faster an athlete will be.  Too many “speed” coaches and sport coaches get hung up on the speed training part and neglect the strength part.

2.  Do Planks

Basically every movement in the gym will require some sort of static stability in the torso.  I’ve talked before about how we train the core.  But, getting at least good at the plank will automatically improve both sprint technique and strength training technique.

Why Is Childhood Obesity An Issue?


From the CDC:

  • Approximately 17% (or  12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence  among children and adolescents has almost tripled.

Why are children more obese now than ever?

Is it a lack of youth sports?  Doubtful.  In youth soccer, participation has went from 15 million is 1987 to 17.5 million in 2002 and still growing.  Pop Warner football participation has doubled in the last ten years.  Going from 130,000 participants to over 260,000.

Is it a lack of quality physical education in schools?  This could be one of the problems, but surely not the only one.  Due to time and budget constraints, many schools have been forced to cut back on physical education.  But, the lack of funding has been a more recent problem.  As far back as the 1950′s, the United States has shown to be inferior to other countries in terms of child fitness.

DeAnne Has Lost Over 30lbs! Check It Out!

               Working out at Nunn’s Performance Training has been one of the best investments I have made in my lifetime.   I was feeling old, overweight, and definitely out of shape.  I did not have much of a workout routine and had never really been motivated to work out.  When NPT started the “Biggest Winner” weight loss challenge in January 2012, I decided to take on the challenge.