Hello everybody and welcome to the Phoenix PT and X-factor fitness blog, run by your’s truly, Andrew Gai. I’ve been itching for about two months now to get this thing up and running since they told me they were going to give me a blog to post on, so here we go. I’m hoping to make this a possible biweekly blog, mainly focussing once a week on issues regarding nutrition, fitness, exercises, and techniques that are or somewhat controversial or possible ideas for people to try along with posts links to posts of other great fitness individuals I follow online. The second post, (hopefully), will touch upon fitness questions that you have! My goal is to be a liaison between the world of exercise physiology, biomechanics, research, and coaching in order to help you reach your goals!

A little about me for those who don’t know. I graduated in 2007 from Staunton high school and then spent the next 7 years at the University of Central Missouri (GO MULES!!) receiving my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise physiology and biomechanics. During this time I also ran the University’s Human Performance Laboratory and was a Graduate assistant teaching Lifetime fitness. After college, I taught for a year at the University of Missouri- St. Louis teaching Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Lifespan Motor Development. During this time I also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2015 I also was the assistant track and field coach at Staunton High School, helping to coach our first ever state champion, Marcus Sitko (aka Studly McStudlerson) (Long jump, 100m, and triple jump champion) and trained a handful of high school and junior high athletes from the Staunton area last summer before joining Phoenix and  X-Factor. My goals in fitness are to become more than a trainer, but to be more of a life coach that is enveloped in helping you, in the sense that I want to give you the reader all the tools you need to live your best life possible, through fitness, nutrition, and mental health.

SO, there we are! My first blog post, sure to be followed by many many many more (unless they pull the plug on me). This should be a fun venture, so hop on and follow along as we wind our way down Alice’s rabbit hole of fitness.