National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Jason Richard grew up here in Waltham and has been involved with physical activity his whole life. He began playing hockey, soccer and baseball in his early years but truly found his calling when he got into martial arts at the age of 6. He has been involved in various disciplines of martial arts and he also teaches karate and kids Brazilian Jujitsu at his martial arts school. He also teaches self defense classes for all ages in both private and group settings so that people can be more prepared should an unfortunate event occur and one needs to fend off an attacker. Jason received his BS in Exercise Physiology from Umass-Lowell and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Jason enjoys working with all ages and fitness levels to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. He believes in individualized programming for each person that he works with whether it be work on joint mobility, strength, aerobic endurance or anything else that he and his clients identify that they need and or want. His favorite exercise is the plank because it is such a versatile exercise that can be done anywhere, leaves lots of room for progression and is one of the best core stabilization exercises-which is the foundation from which all human movement originates. In his free time Jason likes to practice his martial arts, play pick games of various sports with friends, read, go to movies and go to out to find great places to eat.
Just like you seek out professional services for other parts of our life, you should do the same in regards to your fitness training so that you get a customized approach of what you need, how to go about getting it as well as be prepared for what you will need in the future. I will help you take the guess work out of your fitness training so that you maximize your time and results, do what it is TRULY needed for YOU and where YOU are on your fitness journey!
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Q: What was your motivation for working with a Personal Trainer here at Waverley Oaks?
A: I wanted to get a bit more committed, from a health perspective, making time for myself and going to the gym consistently. I’ve never used heavy weights in a gym – I actually couldn’t even do a push-up! But I met Jason and he asked what my goals were, I told him it would be great to be able to do a push-up and he helped me be able to do that.
Q: What is/are the most powerful change(s) you’ve seen in your life since working with Jason?
A: I noticed I feel stronger! If I have something heavy I need to pick up or carry around, now I can just do it without thinking twice about it, which is a nice thing! I also notice that I push myself more and more in order to make more progress.
Q: What is the most valuable information you have learned since working with Jason?
A: To listen to your body, push yourself when you are feeling pretty good, but also don’t try to overdo it. Just be gentle in general; accept that changes take time. It’s not going to happen overnight. And I think that appreciation for things that take commitment and tenacity over time is something that everyone that trains in a gym sees. The more you do it and the more you are committed to it, the more results will come.