September Trainer of the Month Spotlight


The FAST Trainer of the Month is designed to help you get to know the trainers and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists at FAST. This month, we’re highlighting FAST Tempe facility manager, Jonathan Castillo. Read the Q&A to learn more about Jonathan and his passion for helping others.

What’s your background?

I graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. My credentials include being a Performance Enhancement Specialist which allows me to work with athletes of various disciplines. Moreover, the following are certifications I have received throughout my experience as a fitness professional: USAW, CF-L1, ACSM-CPT.

Why inspired you to embark on the fitness journey with your career?

Similar to many athletes, my journey in fitness began by being involved in athletics all my life. I started playing football at a very young age of 8 years old, and my passion for being active and improving the body’s physical performance has never changed. My role allows me to tangibly put that passion in effect by helping others, and in turn, people see the value in their fitness and want to live a healthier, active lifestyle.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give anyone interested in becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist?

Being a strength coach is much more than just being a trainer. It’s relational, and if you love people and love inspiring them through hard work, then it’s the platform for you.

What’s your favorite workout style?

I’m a fan of many styles of training, but Olympic weightlifting is my favorite. It’s a beautiful combination of strength, power, flexibility, mobility and stability. Being good at weightlifting makes for a physically able and well-rounded human being. You’ll see me weightlifting well into my old age!
What’s your favorite song to listen to when working out?

I appreciate all genres of music, especially the ones that pump you up, but the right music for me is the kind that puts you in the right state of mind. Usually gospel or Island reggae does it for me.

What’s your favorite thing to eat after a workout?

SUSHI!  Although not always available, in a perfect world, sushi would be my post-workout meal every day. Second place would be good-ol’ chicken and rice, Romanian style.

What’s one food that you can’t live without?

Enchiladas. They’re just too good to pass up.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Happiness is temporary, but joy is everlasting. Do what truly brings you profound joy.

What motivates you?

Seeing people prosper on a daily basis and having a role in that.

Does training with Jonathan seem like something you’d enjoy? Contact the Tempe team today to book a session with him.