TODAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH AN OLD FRIEND, CRAIG ALDERSON.

Catching up with Craig Alderson
Craig Alderson and John Neel

Today while playing golf in the Arizona sun I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend, Craig Alderson. I met Craig in 2009 when he became an intern with us that allowed him to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University.  Craig was an instant hit with both clients  Continue reading “TODAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT WITH AN OLD FRIEND, CRAIG ALDERSON.”

FITLIFE VISITS WITH LILY LEISTIKO, FUTURE WINTHROP UNIVERSITY VOLLEYBALL PLAYER!

Fitlife Visits with Future Winthrop College Volleyball player Lily Leistiko
Lily Leistiko and John Neel

Today I visited with volleyball player Lily Leistiko, who has been training with us the past four years. Lily is recent Desert Mountain High School graduate who’s successful high school career included both academic and athletic accomplishments. Continue reading “FITLIFE VISITS WITH LILY LEISTIKO, FUTURE WINTHROP UNIVERSITY VOLLEYBALL PLAYER!”

Fitlife catches up with Senior Xavier Volleyball player Lanie Wagner

Today I spent some time with an outstanding high school athlete, volleyball player Lanie Wagner of Xavier College Prepatory. Lanie started working with us at FITLIFE Health Systems in our Functional Training Program in December of 2015 and has continued to train in our P.A.S.S.S program when her schedule allows. Volleyball players, like most high school athletes, have very little down time due to the commitment of playing both high school and club.  The demand on their bodies is great. In order to keep playing at a high level, taking care of their bodies is a must.

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Fitlife visits with long time client Alec Souder.

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John Neel with Alec Souder

Today a very special client came in for a workout and as always worked hard, smiled and talked sports. Alec Souder has been coming into Fitlife for the last 5 years and has won the affection of staff and members alike. His parent, Anne and Jay, along with his grandfather Dick are all members here and have been some Fitlife Health Systems biggest supporters.  We are going to return the favor by getting involved with the Fragile X Foundation. Continue reading “Fitlife visits with long time client Alec Souder.”

FITLIFE spends some time with High School Volleyball player Nicole Shuhandler

 

Today I sat down with one of our outstanding high school student athletes, Notre Dame Prep senior volleyball player, Nicole Shuhandler.  Having my job is great because of the people I get to meet and work with every day.  I really enjoy being around athletes of all ages but the high school ones are special as I get to impact their success and help them with any set backs. This one has more success to come! Continue reading “FITLIFE spends some time with High School Volleyball player Nicole Shuhandler”

FITLIFE visits with daughter Samantha and friends Lucio DeFazi and Sergio Bonino in Rome Italy!

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Sami & John Neel in Piazza Navonna.

Ciao tutti da Italia! Hi everyone from Italy! Today is a special post with a trip to Rome to see my daughter Sami and my very good friends Lucio and Sergio. Sami is a Junior and business major at the Eller School of Business at the University of Arizona and is in Rome for a semester in their study abroad program. My two friends, Lucio and Sergio are both Fisioterpia, (Physical Therapists) that I worked with 28 years ago with Il Messaggero Basketball in the First Division of the Italian Basketball League.  Continue reading “FITLIFE visits with daughter Samantha and friends Lucio DeFazi and Sergio Bonino in Rome Italy!”

FITLIFE visits with long time client, Joanne Young

Today I spent some time with a truly remarkable woman, FITLIFE client Joanne Young.  Joanne walked into our first office on 85th Way and Royal Palm on April 4th, 1998 and has been a staple here ever since! What? That’s an incredible commitment for anyone and believe me her attitude, energy and enthusiasm are contagious and inspire both staff and clients alike.  Helping her stay in amazing shape over the years has been incredibly rewarding for myself and my staff.  Continue reading “FITLIFE visits with long time client, Joanne Young”

FITLIFE visits with Staff Exercise Physiologist, Ashley Stein, CSCS

Today I sat down with our sports conditioning specialist, Ashley Stein to dicuss her sports career, her education and the time she has spent with us at FITLIFE Health Systems.  Ashley was an outstanding athlete in both high school and college.  Her  athletic endeavors at Horizon High School included cross country, soccer and track & field, earning varsity letters in all sports by her senior year.  Ashley’s time on the athletic fields at Horizon culminated with Female Athlete of the Year award!  After graduating from Horizon in 2012 she accepted a soccer scholarship to Paradise Valley  Continue reading “FITLIFE visits with Staff Exercise Physiologist, Ashley Stein, CSCS”

FITLIFE Visits With Yoga Instructor Anton Mackey!

Today it’s a beautiful 75 degree day in centerfield where Anton Mackey is leading  a yoga class of 65 players from the Horizon High School Baseball team.  This is the 6th straight year that he has been instructing a 1 hour Vinyasa class for the program in the month of January, and it’s seriously the highlight of their off season training! It’s amazing to watch him teach, he connects with his audience no matter the number of students or location.  Continue reading “FITLIFE Visits With Yoga Instructor Anton Mackey!”

FITLIFE Visits With Orthopedic Surgeon, Angelo Mattalino

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Today, a long time friend and associate dropped by for a few minutes to catch up. Dr. Angelo Mattalino, Othopedic surgeon and pivotal person in the beginning of FITLIFE Health Systems, Inc. Angelo was my team physician at Horizon High School in 1996 and friend of my past business partner, Dan Wright AT. They knew each other through professional baseball connections. Separately, we both confided in Dr. Mattalino our desire to advance professionally and he is responsible for introducing the two of us.  Dan and I both told him that we had similar thoughts about  beginning Continue reading “FITLIFE Visits With Orthopedic Surgeon, Angelo Mattalino”