July 1, 2008 by RobZ
Rob Zulkoski, B.S., CPT
Certified Personal Trainer and graduate from Wayne State College, Nebraska in 1991. My educational background at Wayne State College was in the study of Exercise Science and Wellness emphasizing in fitness training and body conditioning. I have worked and dedicated my life in the field of athletics and fitness for the past 23 years. I have worked in the Bay area since 1991 as the Corporate Fitness Director of Lifestyle Family Fitness Centers and as the Personal Training Coordinator/Fitness Director at the upscale Harbour Island Athletic Club in downtown Tampa. I played collegiate baseball and have extensive athletic training for athletes in baseball, football, basketball and volleyball.
I was born and raised in Columbus, Nebraska and I have been married to my wife Amy since 1993 and we attend Bell Shoals Baptist Church with our two girls. My hobbies include softball/baseball, college football (Nebraska Cornhuskers), Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, fitness, anything with the girls, (Disney) and graphology (study of hand writing) and photography.
Growing up I really looked up to my father, who was the oldest of six, as someone who wanted to be in the best shape than any other sibling. He was always active in nature. So I started to mess around with training at age 16. While playing in the outfield and batting cleanup for Wayne State I used fitness to enhance my natural ability. Fitness was always in the back of my mind to keep in shape playing baseball. Fitness is such a big concern to me knowing that 67% of adults in America are either overweight or obese. By 2015 those stats will rise to 75%. Not only are American adults overweight but there is a huge rising trend in children. My philosophy includes eating properly, weight training and challenging the cardiovascular system. I apply wholesome and natural foods for optimal achievements. Changing paradigms can be challenging but achievable!
RobZFitness – Mindset
TRAIN WITH A HIGHER PURPOSE. Just wanting to ‘look good’ will only motivate you so far. Find a higher reason or purpose to train. ALWAYS TRAIN TO GAIN, NEVER TO MAINTAIN. Improve continually. Challenge yourself! Strive to be your Personal Best! For me, it’s many things: a way of life, an excellent form of self-expression and creativity, and something I do to maintain longevity of great health. Take care of yourself today; prevent others from taking care of you in the future.
I love taking a person who doubts his/her genetics and make them into the new person who they want to be. I love hearing the petty jealousy and anger that comes over other people that say “he/she must be loaded to the hilt” yet he/she is on the same things they are on. I’m not pushing my methods on anyone. But, I want you to decide for yourself with deductive reasoning. So, if you have been working out for 4-5 years and people aren’t commenting, stating or asking questions about you being in great shape on a daily basis, I think that’s embarrassing and you might want to question if what you are doing training wise has merit to it.
90% of people in gyms around the world are doing some form of volume training, but why does everyone stay the same size year after year? (With volume training you see a lot of overtraining, joint injuries and people who are burning up all their energy stores incorrectly). Personally, I like the shortest route at the shortest time possible to get results. I want clients to know that their fitness trainer thinks their routines out for them.