PTPioneer & The Team – the Fitness Career Guide
Tyler Read, BSc, CPT
Founder, Personal Trainer
Tyler Read holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine). Tyler has been training clients as a certified personal trainer both online and in-person for over 15 years.Read More
Kendall Bird, BS
Personal Trainer, Writer
KendallBird is a dedicated fitness expert hailing from the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee. Their journey through academia, athletics, and professional experience has solidified their position as a leading voice in the fitness and exercise science field.Read More
Kevin Farmer, MD
Chief advisor, Professor
Kevin Farmer, MD, Team Physician at the University of Florida and Advisor to PTPioneer. Having been an All-American high school athlete and a collegiate baseball player, I deeply understand the significance of sports and physical activity in people’s lives.Read More
Danny Sawaya, CSCS, BS
Danny Sawaya, with a Nutrition degree and CSCS certification, has over 22 years’ experience in strength coaching. Owner of Tucson Strength, he specializes in fitness, powerlifting, and training endurance athletes, including Olympians. He’s currently into Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.Read More
Christian Kruszewski, CPT
Christian Kruszewski, with a BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona and NCCA accreditation from NSCA, focuses on strength, hypertrophy, and online coaching, providing personalized training and nutrition strategies for various athletes.Read More
As a fitness professional with many years of providing useful certification study programs and reviews, and many more years as a certified personal trainer with many specializations, My mission statement is as follows:
“My Mission is to guide both newcomers and industry veterans with my years of exercise science experience. I will ensure you have access to the best fitness materials and ace your fitness certification exam with quality study materials for free.”
I must present a tremendous amount of factual information in one concise and easy-to-find location so that readers can make a well-informed decision about their career.
All of the fitness content throughout this website is produced for free for readers to go through so they can make better decisions with insider info and opinions based on experience.
Hello, visitors to PT Pioneer!
If you have reached this page, I am guessing you would like to learn a little about who I am and why I started this website! My name is Tyler Read, and I am a 32-year-old guy living in my Hometown, Santa Cruz, California.
No matter how far I move away, I always return to this beautiful, sunny beach town. I live one block away from the beach! Even in early March, it is still sunny on most days 🙂
I was always interested in sports and fitness since I was a little kid. I played every single sport growing up. I started lifting weights in high school because I wanted to get bigger and stronger for lacrosse. I was amazed at how hard work, knowledge, and dedication can change how you look and feel.
Before I started college, I knew that I wanted to get into exercise science to help other people look and feel the way I do from exercising. Some other interests of mine include traveling, going on adventures, cooking, spending time with my cat (her name is Gatita), playing disc golf, studying Spanish, and working on this website!
Why I started this site about getting started as a trainer
I have been working as a personal trainer for the last ten years since I graduated from Sonoma State University. I graduated with a kinesiology degree with an emphasis on pre-physical therapy. After graduating, I started checking out the different personal training certifications that were on the market.
I knew that I wanted to work as a personal trainer and thought getting certified in addition to my degree was a good idea.
I quickly became confused about which certification to choose from because so many were available.
I started going around to different gyms and asking the employers what the best certification was. I found that no particular certification dominated the market. Multiple different certifications are legitimate. I started doing research and all of them.
One of the most common questions I get asked from random people in the gym is, how do you get started as a personal trainer?
I decided to make a website that educates people about personal training! That is why I started PT Pioneer. On this website, I will talk about everything you need to know about personal training. I will talk about training tips, different certifications, continuing education, working with clients, different exercises, and how to advance yourself within the industry.
I do reviews of most of the certifications that are on the market today. I have to gather this information by going through the certification myself, doing in-depth online research, and talking with friends/acquaintances that are certified.
I believe this website will serve as a launching point for many people getting into personal training.