January Trainer of the Month Spotlight


New year, new FAST trainer Spotlight. Meet Jeff Placencia, FAST Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at our Old Town Scottsdale facility.

What’s your background?

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, and I’m also Functional Movement Screen certified. I received my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University.

What inspired you to embark on the fitness journey with your career? Growing up, the only thing I consumed myself with was sports. Being a big football fan, I admired how these athletes looked and performed so I told myself I would do whatever I could to try and be just like them.

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

Understand that every person you work with is different and unique in their own way. Being able to mold yourself to who they are and providing them with both their needs and wants will speak volumes as to who you are as a CSCS. As far as the actual exam goes, get a sound understanding of human physiology and energy system utilization. The one part of the exam that usually trips up people is the scientific foundations.

What’s your favorite workout style?

I love anything that’s high intensity. Whatever gets me breathing heavy, sweating, and leaves me on the ground asking: “What just happened?”

What’s your favorite song to listen to when working out?

Shower‘ by Becky G.

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

Chicken, brown rice, and broccoli. Bland and boring, but very effective.

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

Deep dish pizza with sausage, pepperoni and NO PINEAPPLE.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Stop feeling sorry for yourself. No one cares if you’re tired, sore, hungry, whatever. Get up and get to work.

What motivates you?

Complacency. Never stop learning. Never stop growing as a person.

Are you ready to hit the ground running and crush your new year’s resolution goals? Contact Jeff today to set up a one-on-one personal training session!

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