Griff Neilson has over 17 years of experience as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur and has personally coached over 500 personal clients in health, nutrition, and mindset. In addition to personal clients, his life-changing courses and programs have also been implemented in over 10 corporations. Griff is also the newly published author of Exorcising Your Excuses: Heal Your Mind. Honor Your Body. Manifest Your Dream. He is a multiple certified Personal Trainer and Level III CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach/Nutritionist, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Utah. Having currently read over 200 books in personal development, psychology, nutrition and holistic health, Griff is equipped with both the knowledge and skills to take your mind and your body to the next level.
Griff Neilson has been on a mission to lift clients, employees, and organizations out of the ordinary and guide them into a lifestyle of extraordinary health, wellness, and mental freedom. Coupled with personal experience as a former sugar addict, and over 17 years mastering the mindset of wellness, Griff is uniquely committed to helping people get out of the unhealthy “norm” by mastering their mind and honoring their bodies. With years of formal education in nutrition and holistic health, combined with personal and professional experimentation, Griff now instructs corporations, universities, and private groups how to change their health and fitness lifestyle one step at a time.
I have always loved being active, whether it be in the gym or out hiking. My fitness journey started when I struggled with postpartum depression after my last child. I wanted a more holistic way to heal, which brought me more into the world of weight training and aerobic classes. As I recovered, I realized I wanted to help others feel better mentally and physically. I have a strong passion for helping others, so I started coaching on an online forum, then decided personal training was the route I should go. I am NSCA certified, and I continue to grow my repertoire of fitness and nutritional knowledge. I write client specific workouts focused on their individual goals and provide support throughout their journey. I focus on teaching sustainable solutions to help clients create lifelong health and fitness habits. I know what it takes to create healthy habits that last because I have been there. My goal is to help clients become the healthiest and best version of themselves.
I have loved playing sports and competing, including martial arts, Gymnastics. I have over 15 lifting titles, won 5 world records & championships in power lifting. I have also finished an 8 year contract as a combat vet… I know firsthand what it takes to get up and be motivated! For over 17 years I have played, competed, taught and trained others with my expertise in health and fitness helping to balance their strengths and weaknesses in all areas. I am certified through (NASM) National Academy of Sports Medicine. I graduated from (NPTI) National Personal Training Institute in Personal Training and Exercise Science at Utah State. I have also been a judge for natural body building competitions(PNBA & INBA) I’m an intrinsically motivated professional, with strong goal oriented leadership skills and a desire to help people of all demographics and skill levels achieve their ultimate health and fitness goals. A fitness ideology, that promotes a holistic, sustainable lifestyle. With modifications through fun, scientifically robust, and diverse exercise programming. My true passion is helping people realize that they are capable of reaching goals they never thought possible through physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing!
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My passion for fitness started in my teenage years when I was first introduced to weight training. I loved it! I loved the feeling of getting stronger, being stronger. Over the years my interest in fitness, health and nutrition continued to get stronger. It influenced me to seek information about those things, to learn and study that which would enhance my knowledge and understanding of all things related to Fitness.
My interest and desire for knowledge continues today. After raising my children, I decided to make my passion my career and became a NASM-CPT. I love that I am working in an industry which promotes health and wellness and helps people to better their quality of life. I also am excited to be working in a field for which I am passionate about.
I enjoy helping others to learn about resistance training, nutrition and all things related to living a healthier quality of life and establishing good habits. As I continue training others my commitment to expanding and improving my knowledge base will continue also. I strive to give the best quality of service to those clients I work with.
My love for fitness began early in my youth. As with many children I loved to swim, bike, roller-skate, ice skate, and various other outdoor sports. I also developed a love for tumbling and gymnastics and was a member of my high school team. From elementary through high school I enjoyed sprinting as well and held records for both the 50 and 100 yard.
Through the course of my life I have grown to love many forms of fitness and truly enjoy challenging myself by trying new things. My greatest passion however is that of martial arts.
I have been studying various forms since age 13 and it is through my practice and teaching of these disciplines that I have come to understand the importance of self-love and balance in life. My approach as a coach and personal trainer is to educate my clients, and provide the tools necessary, to help them live a better quality of life through proper nutrition, proper movement, and the development of a positive sense of self.
My observation is that our greatest obstacles we face when setting out to achieve our goals are the limitations we place upon ourselves. Abraham Maslow once said, “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” My hope is that, with proper guidance I can help you see the potential that is already present inside of you.
I have a deep seeded passion for sports and fitness. I have been involved in sports and fitness my whole life as a player, coach, or instructor. My passion led to getting a B.S. degree from the University of Utah in Exercise Sport Science. I was lucky enough to personal train at Lifelong Fitness 8 years ago prior to going on active duty Air Force. While on active duty I was able to continue sharing my passion as a Unit Fitness Program Manager. I decided to continue my education and get my M.S. in Kinesiology and NSCA-CSCS. Once again I am lucky to be back at Lifelong Fitness sharing my passion and helping others achieve their sports and fitness goals. Nothing makes me happier than helping others achieve their goals and sharing in the joy with them.
I have been involved in sports and fitness my entire life. It has been a lifestyle for me. After success early in life, I continued my athletic career at the NCAA division-I level. After graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, I wanted to set myself apart from other students so I continued studying and sat for the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. I’ve maintained this certification since 2011. My ultimate goal is a career as a physical therapist. I will soon be applying to physical therapy programs.
Having competed four years at the NCAA D-I level, I have personal experience in sports performance and I know what it means to be at the next level. I accomplished top-10-in-conference finishes all four years of competition as a 400-meter hurdler.
After my D-I days, I also competed in olympic weightlifting competitions and shooting competitions. I’ve worked in NCAA division-I strength & conditioning, youth strength & conditioning and, coaching the olympic lifts. I’ve played a part in post-rehabilitation conditioning for many just out of physical therapy who wanted more strengthening to take on life’s adventures. I’ve helped clients prepare for a wide variety of events from the new Army Combat Fitness Test to general conditioning. I have the heart of a teacher. I’ve trained folks of a wide age range from 11-71 with the focus of longevity of exercise. My motivation is to prepare you to meet challenges that may cross your path outside the gym by developing your strength and coordination to avoid injury and to live your highest quality of life.
Beyond the gym, I am a daddy to three awesome kids and husband to my trophy wife. I combine the weight room with firearms skill development, guiding canyoneering excursions and, practicing Brazilian Jiu jitsu.
Growing up, I loved to be active and participate in sports and other physical activities. You name it, I wanted to try it! Volleyball, softball, basketball, running and, hiking just to name a few. Moving my body made me happy and it felt good to be involved.
I started training at Lifelong Fitness as a client years ago. I fell in love not only with Lifelong Fitness as a gym, but with weight training and the health and fitness industry. As I began to work with a trainer, I started to feel stronger and better than ever. Lifelong Fitness was the beginning of my own health journey and helped me discover the passion I now have for health and fitness. This led me to compete in my first NGA Bodybuilding Competition, run my first half marathon, and participate in a variety of other events. I decided to pursue this passion even further and become a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach through NASM.
I love learning and gaining any information that I can to help increase my own knowledge in this field. Ultimately, I hope to help clients achieve their own goals and gain their best possible results. As a trainer I will strive to do my very best to listen and tailor programs specific for each individual and their unique goals. I feel incredibly blessed to be back at Lifelong Fitness and be able to help others grow and be successful on their own fitness journey.
I Started at a young age as a dancer and T-ball player. I moved into softball and ended high school as a volleyball player, track and field athlete, and was in a ballet company! I was a 2-time state champion in the 100m hurdles in Montana where I grew up! That accomplishment led me to a scholarship at Weber State University for track and field where I ended up holding a school record in the 400m hurdles for 7 years! I went on to have 5 daughters and always tried to balance exercise amidst my many responsibilities…
After trying to workout for many years at home, I finally decided to upgrade my self
care to the gym and fell in love with barre class! I ended up becoming a group fitness instructor and the gym is one of my most favorite places to be!
Balancing life and how to manage a busy and healthy lifestyle! Also understanding the
mindset shifts that need to occur to create change!
I like to incorporate, strength, endurance, and stability into my programs.
Encouraging well rounded athleticism and knowledge of different exercise options. I am proud of you and excited to help you embark on a journey to better health!
Being involved in sports my entire life I have learned a lot about sports and physical activity and how to keep myself in shape to perform at my highest. I now focus on strength and sports performance training while also playing in local men’s basketball leagues. For the last six years I have consistently trained at local gyms gaining experience and becoming familiar with weight lifting. I have trained friends, family, co-workers among others for years before ever deciding to become a CPT.
I majored in Kinesiology, a pre-med degree which involves the study of anatomy and body movement, at the University of Utah which helped solidify my personal experience of strength training with science-backed, university-level knowledge. I specialize in strength training and athletic performance via plyometric exercise.