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Mar 13, 2018

In episode #5 of Becoming Elli, Jill and Chris talk with personal trainer and business owner,  Brian Kennell about:

  • Muscle Mass
  • Interval Training
  • Strength Building
  • Cardio Training

He's got more than 15 years of experience, working at sports performance facilities and a medically-based fitness facility - as both a trainer and manager. With his personal training business, BKennellFit, he trains people at a location of their choice – at a park, on the trails or at their home.

He said he has noticed that women over 50 are asking him different questions.

"Instead of focusing on losing weight to be healthier -- yes, that is part of it, but there is more to it than that -- the things my female clients over 50 are asking me are more performance based, more health based, more fitness based instead of just 'Can you help me lose weight?''

'I want to be able to run a 5K with my kids, and not be in pain during or after.' or 'I want to go skiing with my husband this winter. Can you get me in shape for that?' It's what your podcast is all about."

"If you want to lose weight, it's a different formula. If you want to be healthy, if you want to be fit, if you want to be active, it's a different formula than weight loss."

He has a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness, both from The University of Akron.

Brian wrote his Master’s thesis on a popular supplement ingredient and also had a poster presentation at ACSM National Conference.


  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • TRX Certified

While he was not very athletic as a kid, he loved sports but felt that he didn’t really excel at anything. After he began lifting weights in college, it all came together. Since then, he has competed in natural bodybuilding competition, started training for powerlifting, ran a half marathon, and is training for a full marathon.