Tim Ryan (info @ stronglifetraining.com) is a Master Super Slow instructor and owner of Strong Life Personal Training in Barrington, Illinois. He has 40 years of experience in the health and fitness field operating various personal training businesses, mentoring exercise instructors, and taking part in exercise equipment design. Tim has earned various national fitness certifications from ACSM, ACE, and the Super Slow Exercise Guild.
Listen to my previous podcast with Tim HERE.
In this episode, Tim Ryan shares his HIT studio business journey, how to train clients on the MedX Avenger Leg Press, key pointers on hyperextension/lockout, specific settings around weight stack, and much more.
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- 2:04 – Fitness business story and challenges encountered
- 11:11 – Dealing with consumer fear
- 18:56 – Strong Life Personal Training – training method, sessions, equipment
- 27:07 – How to train clients on the MedX Avenger Leg Press
- 42:43 – Key tips about using the MedX Avenger Leg Press
- 56:30 – Perspective on injuries from hyperextension or lockout
- 1:02:31 – Specific settings around weight stack
- 1:12:46 – Micro loading and client progression
Selected Links from the Episode
- Strong Life Personal Training
- Northern Illinois University
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- Super Slow
- Super Slow Exercise Guild
- 40 – Tim Ryan – Personal Trainer, Veteran of the Health & Fitness Industry, and Founder & Operator of Precision Fitness
- MedX Machines
- Nautilus Inc.
- Hammer Strength Equipment
- Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week by Doug McGuff and John Little
- 294 – Luke Carlson – How to Coach, Configure, and Conquer with the MedX Leg Press
- Discover Strength
- Cybex Equipment
- Life Fitness Machines
- Arthur Jones
- Dr. Ellington Darden
- Luke Carlson | Podcasts
- Logan Herlihy | Podcasts
Dennis Rogers says
Another great interview! Useful content with a top expert in the field.
Lawrence Neal says
Thank you Dennis! Hope you’re doing well.
Lisa May says
Great interview, Lawrence, and I loved Ryan’s demonstration on his Avenger Leg Press.
I use a MedX Leg Press in my studio and the only way to take advantage of the drop in the platform as the press is executed is ti pin off the stack. You’ve interviewed trainers who say they never do that – I think Luke Carlson was one of them – but if I don’t, I don’t think I’m getting all the benefits of the machine. But pinning it off is tricky and if the client puts their feet on the bar below the platform before you move the seat into position, the platform swings forward. I’m very torn about which direction to go…
Lawrence Neal says
Thank you Lisa. Sorry for the late reply. I’m glad you found this helpful. I’m also torn but as a user I prefer the experience and feel when gapping/pinning stack. But I don’t always do it for myself and with clients, and I have NEVER had an injury, and thousands of workouts have been carried out without gapping across the HIT industry and I have never heard of someone hyper extending, so I don’t think it’s a major issue, personally.