Hi, I'm Patrick Diver and I promise to help you get stronger, fitter, and healthier... and in a way that encourages you to pursue fitness for the rest of your life!
Here Are 3 Things That Might Surprise You About Me
I Don’t Love to Workout
The good news is you don't have to absolutely love fitness to still be able to exercise in a way that helps you look, feel, and perform at your best. I'm living proof of that.
20 Minutes is the Longest Gym Workout I've Done In nearly 20 Years
Most people will spend an hour or more at the gym simply because they’ve always done it that way. Fortunately I was taught a more efficient way years ago and I have never looked back.
I Don't Believe Shortcuts Exist
Just because you don't need to workout for hours at a time or be in love with the process does not mean there is an easy way to fitness. You still have to work hard. Be very wary against anyone that promises a 'quick and easy' fix.
My fitness background at a glance:
- I started strength training over 30 years ago. I learned from high school football coaches and my goal was to improve my performance as a young competitive cyclist.
- I have a degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training from Missouri State University and was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1996. I was certified as an Superslow exercise instructor by Superslow Exercise Guild founder Ken Hutchins in 2002 and as Nautilus instructor by Wayne Wescott, PhD., in 2004.
- I have given over 100 fitness talks to Central Florida's largest companies including Darden Restaurants, Universal Creative, Gray Robinson, MetLife, and the Orlando Economic Development Commission, to name just a few.
- I have been featured as a 'fitness expert' on WKMG News Channel 6, Spectrum News 13, and have previously done the Monday Morning Fitness Tip of the Week on Fox-35.
- Since 2002 I have personally instructed over 25,000 injury free workouts in Orlando and Strength Clinic has been at its present College Park location since 2014.
- I have trained a wide variety of people including business leaders, homemakers, state and national champion athletes, television news personalities and pageant winners.
- As a competitive cyclist I have won dozens of races over the years including state championships in the junior, senior Pro I/II, and masters categories. I have also won a masters SE regional championship, and have been on the podium at masters nationals both on the road and track.
I Believe Experience Matters
I bring up my fitness background not to impress you, but to impress upon you that when I talk about fitness related topics, I'm talking from experience.
There is very little I have not seen or experienced in working with hundreds of clients over the years, as well as staying up-to-date with the current fitness literature and peer reviewed studies.
Since I've been involved with fitness for over 30 years now, I have seen firsthand how much fitness and nutrition nonsense gets shiny new packaging and recycled to consumers every year.
I believe this does a tremendous disservice to people that simply want to look, feel, and perform better but are let down and discouraged by false promises and too good to be true marketing claims.
There is a better way though. You can make dramatic changes in your health and fitness level if you are ready for the process and are gently guided in the right direction. It doesn't have to take hours and hours per week if you focus on what matters most and become educated on the process.
Plugging into a sound philosophy is a great place to start. Here is mine.
1. It is your birthright to be physically strong and capable. Your independence as a human depends on it.
2. Strength training is the single most important thing you can do for your body. Your ability to stay young and fight disease resides in your muscle.
3. Consistent and concentrated effort will bring you the best long-term results. One workout per week for 10 years is better than 100 workouts in one year and then quitting.
4. It is important to exercise in a manner that doesn't cause long-term joint injury. You only have one body and it is more enjoyable without chronic pain.
5. Traditional cardio activities can provide emotional, social, and mental health benefits, but can also create some injury risk. Be mindful of the risk/reward relationship and do what is best for you.
6. Losing weight (body fat) and maintaining weight loss is an energy balance equation sometimes at odds with the emotional complexities that make us human. New diets, expensive supplements, and extreme fitness challenges rarely help.
As you can see, having a well thought out fitness philosophy is a good launching point to begin (or continue) your fitness journey.
I encourage you to learn as much as you can about fitness, but do so through the lens of critical thinking. As they say, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Here are a few of my posts that will help you learn more about the Strength Clinic approach to fitness: