San Jose’s John Tomlinson was inspired early on to become a personal trainer by the number of people he saw who were overweight and out of shape. He wanted to help make things better and, when you meet him, you realize that he is really sincere. “Human beings were not meant to be overly tired, obese, sick, or mentally fatigued,” he says. “My goal is to help change bodies, minds, and lives.”
But, Tomlinson had yet another motivation – something more personal. “My mother died when I was six years old,” he remembers,“and I vowed to learn about prevention, health, and disease so that I could keep my family healthy and teach others to how to enhance their health and quality of life.”
A graduate of Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, John participated in golf, baseball, and motocross. He went on to attend Cal State Fullerton participating in strength training, racquetball, and running.
Now 26, he has been a certified personal trainer (CPT) for five years with certifications from both the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and the National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP).
“A national change in our health, our weight, and our state of fitness is possible only with an accompanying change in consciousness about how we think about fitness,” says John. “More and more, fitness has been shown to improve sleep, energy, mental cognition, sexual health, job productivity and overall outlook on life. We need to CONSCIOUSLY choose to include fitness as a part of our everyday life. We typically only get our ‘MUSTS’ in life and almost never get our ‘SHOULDS.’ Once fitness becomes a “MUST,” we can halt and reverse the trend towards obesity and disease.”
John has concerns about the state of physical education in our schools too. “When a growing boy uncontrollably acts out in a classroom, and cannot sit still, pharmaceutical America slaps a diagnosis on him called ‘A.D.D’ and gives him a daily pill to keep him focused. Could it be that, instead of drugging our next generation of leaders, all a child needs is a healthy outlet for his true, natural, and innate nature? With physical education being virtually eliminated from our public school system, growing boys and girls are stripped of their need for physical energy release and taught that sitting still is correct and preferred – all of which only sets the child up for a sedentary life. I believe that the cure for our American health problems is just good ol’ prevention,” he says.”
Here’s the formula,” says John. “Just put P.E. back in our schools. Make it fun, interesting, and educating and, like StarTrek , watch our next generation live longer and prosper.”
“My most rewarding experience so far,” he says, “has been coaching one of my female clients to her weight loss goal. It is rare when a client actually does EVERYTHING i tell them to, and this was definitely a rare subject. She changed her diet, training regimen, and daily schedule according to my recommendations and lost 65 pounds of fat in less than 6 months – from 195 pounds down to 135 pounds! She progressed from a typical middle-aged, working mom to a fitness hard-body in almost no time. She was a client who proved to me – and to everyone else – that if you just FOLLOW the basic rules of health and fitness, you can achieve and enjoy an awesome body!”
“My ability to help people out of their old rutted patterns and into new productive, life-changing patterns is my favorite part of being a trainer,” says John unabashedly.
His least favorite part? “The EARLY morning clients!” he groans without hesitation.“I’m SO tired at 5 A.M. BUT,” he adds lightheartedly, “just as it is good for my clients, it is good for me too!”
John is currently involved in hiking, mountain biking, running, weight lifting, and “mental jousting” “I just love figuring people out!” he laughs.
Inspired to help others and enjoying the journey – that’s John Tomlinson.