Machine Muscle – Editor in Chief
Kyle Hunt is the owner of Hunt Fitness, a highly sought after online personal training and nutritional consulting business. He specializes in custom nutrition and workout plans designed around the individuals goals.
He holds an Exercise Science degree from SUNY Fredonia in western New York. He has been doing personal training since he was 16 years old and has been an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist since he turned 18. Over the last couple years since he started Hunt Fitness he has watched it grow from just a fitness blog to a full blown fitness training business with clients from all over the world! He has an extreme passion for health and fitness and loves sharing it with other people!
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MTS Nutrition CEO, EthiTech Nutrition CEO, Wilkins Fitness Commercial Vertical Manager, TigerFitness.com Director of Business Development, MachineTrainingSolutions.com Owner, Machine Training Gear CEO and MachineMuscle.com Owner
As the leader of Scivation, a globally distributed supplement company, Marc Lobliner was the most accessible and energizing sports nutrition company CEO in the history of the industry. Prior to starting Scivation, Marc was a co-founder of, and served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Sylvester Stallone sports nutrition company, INSTONE, LLC.; the Senior Account Director for Shape, Natural Health, Living Fit, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, FLEX, Star, National Enquirer, Mira!, Shape en Espanol, Men’s Fitness en Espanol, Country Weekly, Auto World, NOPI Street Performance Compact, and AMI Specials, owned by American Media; and also worked for Bally Total Fitness. Marc attended California Lutheran University and obtained a degree in Marketing.
Marc is an ACE certified personal trainer, is a former APF competitive powerlifter and national level NPC competitive bodybuilder, having won first place trophies in both the lightweight and light-heavyweight divisions, and most recently placing 13th in the light-heavyweight division at the 2010 Arnold Classic.
Marc has been featured in Muscle & Strength, MuscleMag International (Italy), and Ironman (Australia) magazines, and have appeared in Men’s Fitness as a physique model; has authored several print articles that have appeared in trade magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, as well as online at Bodybuilding.com; and has also co-authored 10 books on the subject of physique transformation, with titles such as, Game Over: The Final Showtime Cut Diet You’ll Ever Need, The Diet Solution: The NEW American Diet, C.H.A. (The Carb Haters Anonymous) Diet: The Final Answer on Carbless Bulking & Cutting, and The Lifestyle Cut Diet: The Final Diet You’ll Ever Need to Stay Lean and Healthy.
John Gorman – Owner Team Gorman
SPECIALTY: Dialing in nutrition and training for all kinds of athletes- MMA, Powerlifters, Wrestlers, Bodybuilders and more
HOMETOWN: Springfield Mo
GYM: STRONG GYM Springfield Mo, Anytime Fitness 4 locations Springfield Mo area
FAVORITE FOOD: SUSHI!!!!!
CURRENT FAV TRAINING SPLIT: 3 ON 1 OFF- Heavy Push, Legs, Pull, off, Hypertrophy Push, Legs, Pull, off
EDUCATION and CERTIFICATIONS:
BS, Sports Management (Emphasis in Fitness and Wellness)
MA, Management and Leadership (1 class away)
SMART Certified Personal Trainer
OCCUPATION: Owner and Prep Coach at Team Gorman Physique Transformations LLC
2012 TEAM GORMAN CLIENT PLACINGS:
In 2012 our Team Gorman clients achieved 22 class wins, 23 second place finishes, 11 overall titles, 3 TEAM awards, 3 procards and a TON of top five finishes.
Clients at the NPC Mo State Championship- 6 states representing, Best Team Award.
HOBBIES: Long range shooting, hunting, playing sports with my 2 boys Jay and Gavin, working out and experimentation with odd approaches to nutritional science and supplementation.
Peter Pham is a First Generation Vietnamese American finishing up his degree in Electronic Media. Peter was a very active child. He played basketball and soccer as a child. He also studied Tae Kwon Do, earning his 1st Degree Black Belt at the age of 14 (it’s not as impressive when you consider his sister earned hers at age 10 at the same time). Peter started lifting weights in high school and has continued since then although on a very sporadic consistency and only whatever kind of information he could learn from books, magazines, and any other source of info he could get.
Peter has been with Tigerfitness as the Content Manager since the beginning of 2011 where his been able to learn from Marc Lobliner and other industry experts more into the field of health and fitness.
Eric & Chris Martinez, BA, CPT
Founders, Dynamic Duo Training
Eric and Chris Martinez are identical twin brothers that are nationally known as the Dynamic Duo, nutrition and training coaches, fitness and nutrition writers, fitness models, and founders of Dynamic Duo Training- an up and coming world class website that provides customized training protocols, customized nutrition plans, motivational coaching, educational programs, and a carved path to live a dynamic lifestyle.
Eric and Chris Martinez have been featured in:
- The Jennifer Nicole Lee show (July 11’)
- The November 2006 issue of Muscle and Fitness magazine.
Eric and Chris Martinez have written for:
- Sonoma State University’s STAR paper
Eric and Chris Martinez have won:
- The Jennifer Nicole Lee Fitness Model Factory West Coast Casting Call (May 11’)
- Bachelor of Arts in Business Communications Studies, with Writing and Public Relations Concentration Sonoma State University, CA 2009 (Dean’s List: 2008-2009)
- AFFA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Certified Personal Trainers
- CSCS-NSCA (currently studying)
- SNS-ISSN (currently studying)
- Red Cross CPR/AED adult certified
- NSCA members
- IDEA World members
- Todd Durkin Mastermind
- Sales Representatives for Super Human Radio Show (10/11-current)
To Contact Eric and Chris Martinez, please email and or call at:
Phones- Eric 707-217-9776 & Chris 707-217-2770
Joe is a Pre-Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition major at the University of Pittsburgh. Since his early teen years, he has always been involved with proper nutrition, weight lifting and overall physical/mental health. It began during the football season when he first started to see good muscle development from just being on the field, which carried onto the basketball court and to the baseball diamond. That summer, his sisters both got a job at a gym in his hometown and so he got a membership. Lifting wasn’t much of a necessity then. It was more of a, “Yeah, I lift” kind-of thing. It wasn’t until the end of that summer when him and a buddy of his started to look deep into routines, dieting and overall muscle building. Going into his sophomore year at age 15, Joe weighed 165 pounds but could bench 240. From there, lifting and developing a desirable physique became a lifestyle. As his knowledge grew, he began training and assisting clients in and out of his personal life—friends, family, fellow gym members and high school students, in an attempt to get a feel for what the career is actually like. Ever since then, his mind was made up. Now, as he gets further into his education and decided on a career, he made the decision to take his hobby, knowledge and passion to the next level. As an undergraduate, he plans on going straight to Pharmacy School or obtaining a B.S./M.S. in Clinical Dietetics and Nutrition with intentions of being a full-time diet coach and trainer. He will also be getting an ISSA personal trainer certification this summer as well as many other certifications throughout his time at Pitt. He will always be a part of the fitness and bodybuilding world.
Musclemania Pro Bodybuilder
HOMETOWN: Mt. Storm, WV
CURRENT RESIDNECE: Morgantown, WV
EDUCATION: B.S. Health/Physical Education – Concord University (WV) 2007
Currently attending WVU College of Law (Expected graduation 2013)
GYM: Pro Performance Rx, Rob’s Fitness Factory
YEARS COMPETING: 4 (Started in 2008)
I got into health and fitness through sports. I was a standout at basketball and track in high school, playing both in college. I first started weight training in preseason conditioning for my senior basketball season and developed a very basic routine that I kept up twice per week throughout the entire year. My body responded very well, as I gained 15 pounds from my 5 exercise routine and a steady diet of hot pockets and grilled cheese sandwiches.
When I got to college I began to read bodybuilding magazines and learn about nutrition. This new outlook on eating, coupled with new access to a well equipped weight room, meant I was able to make even more progress on my physique. The magazines also provided me with information on competitive bodybuilding and some of the world’s top bodybuilders. After I was finally able to see a local show in person, I was bit by the bug to compete.
I competed in my first show in 2008, the NABBA Mr. West Virginia contest, and had no idea what to expect. I dieted for only 8 weeks. I was so nervous when I arrived for prejudging that if my friends and family weren’t in attendance I probably would have just snuck out the back and forgot about the whole thing. Nonetheless, I went up there and did my thing – and won both the Novice overall and the Open overall (winning the title of Mr. WV). Now I was really hooked!
After another very successful contest season in 2009, where I won the title of NPA Mr. Virginia (I moved), I decided to set my sights on a pro card. With some very divine intervention I competed in the 2010 Musclemania Universe where each weight class winner received pro cards. To my surprise, I won the very competitive light-heavyweight class and achieved my professional status.
Now that I’m a professional I must step my game up even more. My Musclemania pro debut will be in 2012, and I am expecting to make my mark.
Joe Daniels is the Owner of Swing This Kettlebells and Daniels Fitness Training LLC . I am natural bodybuilder that has placed top three in 8 out of 9 contests I’ve been in. I follow the unconventional route to training being highly into Functional sports and Kettlebell Sport training since last competing at Jr Nationals in 2009. I enjoy constantly challenging others to find their strength both mentally and physically. Since the birth of my daughter last year, I’ve realized training for look isn’t all there is to exercise. My goal is to help others become as strong and fit as they can be to overcome life’s unexpected obstacles.
Greatest accomplisments: My two daughters and successfully reaching my goal to be awarded an IFBB pro card.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH but originally from Sweden.
Gym: Urban Active and Revolution Fitness.
Education and certifications: Studied Psychology and Journalism in Sweden, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, certified in Post Pregnancy Fitness, specialization in Performance Nutrition.
Work: Self employed personal trainer at Revolution and fitness
Experience: 4 years as a Sports journalist in Sweden, 10 years of personal training and of competing in NPC and IFBB events, represented Sweden in Scandinavian and European Championships, eventually earning IFBB status from Sweden.
I started to compete as a bodybuilder about the same time Figure first got added to the physique sports. I walked off the stage with a 4th place trophy in my hand and, very irritated, announced: It’s not good enough!
I continued as a bodybuilder, winning local shows around Cincinnati, yet faced the problem about being too small if I wanted to go further as a bodybuilder. Did I really want to get bigger to keep competing?
The answer was no and I switched to figure. Figure challenged me on a totally different level. I went from doing walking lunges with 80 pound dumbbells in my hands to walking lunges without weights; that’s how I came to appreciate plyometrics, especially for the lower body.
I’m very happy with the switch and the challenges it presented. Unfortunately, as a Swedish citizen, I was not allowed to do a national qualifying events in the United States. I would have to petition the IFBB for a pro card, proving myself based on placings and merits. I went so far as to represent Sweden in the European Championship being held in Serbia. To go from an American style, well-planned, normally on schedule event to Serbia was a fantastic experience. There were no fridges, no air-conditioning, and the show was delayed by the mayor of the city being 3 hours late. Needless to say, in 100 degree heat and sweltering humidity, we were all gorgeous when we finally got on stage! I was rewarded for all my efforts when I got my pro card; my first membership card is still framed at home. The date was July 5th, 2007.
During this whole time my main thing in life was my children. I have two beautiful daughters that are my pride and joy. Moving to the USA from Sweden was a difficult transition; I left as a journalist but was unable to work for three years while waiting to get a work visa. I made a conscious choice to stay home with my children, which gave me the chance to consider my career options. Since I always had a passion for fitness and love working out the choice to become a personal trainer was easy.
I love working out and I love helping people reach their goals when it comes to health and fitness. It’s not just about looks but about quality of life. As a personal trainer I get to help a wide range of people with different goals and different obstacles in life. I believe no matter whom we are, what we do or what our goals are, we all have a need to keep our bodies and minds healthy enough to get the best quality out of life that we can.
Most of us stop ourselves before we reach our limits, often feeling that we can’t do it. There are no limits to what you can do with your life and where you can take your health and fitness if you only believe in yourself.
During my younger years growing up I was always heavy set and came from a family where eating mom’s dinner and always having dessert is a family ritual. Playing sports was always a hobby of mine, I participated in golf, football, basketball, and soccer throughout my younger years until I really took a stance in playing football during my high school years with a few years of basketball as well. I came into high school as a chubby kid and soon shot myself up to over 200 pounds as I lifted and transformed into a offensive lineman/defensive linebacker.
Everything changed my senior year in high school where on a fall Friday night one week prior to the playoffs for football I ended up tearing my MCL on a muddy field after being chop locked. This is where the change would be forever made on my physique and my overall outlook on diet and training. After tearing my MCL I continued to eat like a heavyset lineman (I got over 200+ pounds in a 5’7 frame) and it got to the point where I was so immobile and eating tombstone pizza’s, snickers bars, krispy kreme’s, and ice cream on a daily basis was not helping the image in the mirror. The time to change was now!
As I continued to move through rehab on my knee I started to enjoy being able to squat again, being able to work on a bike, stairmaster, or even walk on a treadmill as I could finally walk again after getting off crutches and a leg immobilizer. As I started to get back into working out and doing cardio I started to research and understand about better eating habits and making the change on myself to try and lose a few pounds. After changing my diet around, eating lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains, leaner protein sources, and enjoying some moderation the weight started to drop off me, and the image in the mirror started to resemble something I could manage to look at on a daily basis. As the weight dropped it got to a point where it got to be unhealthy and my parents almost kicked myself out of college due to how small I was getting and borderline anorexic. I went from 200+ pounds to nearly 125 pounds and lost a lot of things in my life considering my friends, my girlfriend who I dated for over 3 years and follow myself into college, and a lot of self esteem, not to mention the loss of 3 of my grandparents in the span of a year from Suicide and Lung Cancer.
This is where the turning point in my life came from training and getting into shape. I had to change my life for the good, I had to show my parents I can go back to college and graduate, and this is to prove to all those who wanted to leave my side that I am still the person I was before making the drastic change. I began with Team Scivation as they offered a free diet and training program through Derek Charlebois with the Scivation Books.
During those years in 2009 I attended the Arnold Classic and soon after was announced as a representative for Scivation. Not to mention one of the greatest blessings I have ever received in my life. I spent a lot of time traveling, doing demo’s, meeting up with Marc Lobliner to train and do in-store Demo’s, sending out over 1000$+ dollars of samples out of my own pocket to consumers for reviews, and answering questions on a daily basis on multiple online-forums to help serve the company with problems that may arise. Serving at the Olympia in 2011 and the Arnold Classic over the next few years working the booth was an amazing experience and learning a lot about the industry and what the future holds has really opened up my eyes to what is going on behind the scenes and why many companies do to market their products to their competition.
Throughout my journey I went back and forth between bulking and cutting and ended up competing in my first bodybuilding show at the NPC Great Lakes/Grand Prix in Columbus Ohio as a lightweight and brought home 3rd place in my open class.
Over those years I received a lot of valuable information from Marc Lobliner, Tommy Jeffers, Layne Norton, Derek Charlebois, and my current trainer Jason Theobald (ScoobySnacks) as they kept a steady eye on myself and kept me on the right path in and out of the gym finding the balance in my life between weight training, being social, and making sure I was making the right decisions in the classroom to graduate and get a degree.
For my future I plan to continue to compete having a major passion in bodybuilding. I recently graduated college with a Bachelors Degree in Business Education and minor in Economics. I hope to pursue my personal training degree and may also look into being TRX certified as well due to it becoming popular in many gym’s. This would be a good side gig to have due to my interest in training/nutrition and also something that I enjoy doing and can always fall back on.
Sean Torbati is a natural bodybuilder and one of the fitness industry’s top nutrition coaches, with over 8 years of experience working with athletes at the amateur and professional level, as well as a proven track record in helping general nutrition clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Sean’s blog can be found at www.HPNFormula1.com
Adam Szetela is a natural bodybuilder, powerlifter, and writer who began weightlifting at age fourteen. Over the past decade his journey has taken him from the battlegrounds of Metroflex, TX to the hardcore gyms of Boston, MA. A firm believer in cohesion between the mental and the physical, Adam has shaped his life around the perennial development of his mind, body, and spirit. He can be reached at WarriorPoet1989@yahoo.com.
Nick Smoot is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist who began his journey in the health and fitness world in 2008. He currently studies exercise science at Old Dominion University, and has a passion for health and wellness that he wants to pass on to each and every client.
Nick was overweight at a young age, weighing 180 pounds at a height of 5 ft. 2 in. Ridiculed by friends and unable to perform many active tasks, he decided to make a change. Nick joined the wrestling team his freshman year of high school and lost 40 pounds. After the season was over he got involved in bodybuilding, and began to focus more on strength training and proper nutrition. Unfortunately, Nick’s passion for bodybuilding became an obsession, leading to an eating disorder and him reaching an accidental low of 126 pounds. With the support of family and friends, he realized he had gone from one extreme to another, and it was time for one more change.
Nick spent countless hours researching information on training and nutrition from the top coaches in their respective fields, and by January 2012 he had achieved a semi-lean weight of 165 pounds. He acquired his personal training certification a few months before entering college, and currently trains under Kyle Hunt of Hunt Fitness. Nick is constantly trying to expand his knowledge base, and hopes to take a few years to increase his strength and size before competing in natural bodybuilding and powerlifting.