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Things were going well for Thomas Roe.
He was a decorated two-sport athlete (football and track) in high school, and was pursuing his athletic endeavors at the collegiate level. After a near-fatal neck injury, though, things changed.
Roe's athletic goals and dreams were wiped away after two spinal surgeries, but he found refuge elsewhere. He committed himself to getting in the best shape of his life through fitness and nutrition, and vowed to share that with others.
Today, Roe is the owner and creator of TRoe Fitness, a "resource that can help anyone accomplish anything they put their mind to when it comes to setting nutrition and fitness goals."
For his dedication to creating a healthier community, Roe is ACTIVE's Personal Trainer of the Month for March 2016.
Education and Certifications
- B.S. Marketing & Advertising, Minor in International Business (San Diego State University)
- Undergraduate Business Preparation (University of Arizona)
- Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
- Group Fitness Certification (American Council on Exercise)
- Certified Endurance Nutritionist (Fitour)
- Personal and Group Trainer (TRX)
Over the years, Roe has spent countless hours influencing clients as a personal trainer and coach. Here are five health tips he preaches daily.
1. Set Realistic and Obtainable Goals
You have to walk before you can run. The adage may be a cliche, but Roe is a firm believer in the concept.
"Realistic goals not only give you the feeling of success and accomplishment, but they also give you a reason to keep moving forward," he says.
2. Focus on Rest and Recovery
As a former high school and collegiate athlete, Roe was able to power through training exercises with very little sleep or recovery.
"I had youth on my side," Roe says.
He eventually learned that "Father Time is undefeated," and he was reminded daily how important rest and recovery are.
"I get an equal amount of rest and sleep each day to re-boot and hit the next day fresh and ready," says Roe, who's training for his first IRONMAN in October.