Reebok celebrates the trainers that help us reach our goals. While you’ve been hunkered down and need to sweat, Aidan Howley has been just a click away. We say thank you with a spotlight here.
Name Aidan Howley
Who are you in 90 characters or less? I am a strength and conditioning coach / sport performance professional in Saratoga Springs NY. I own a 3,000 square foot facility called 518ATHLETE
Social Handles and/or Website Instagram: @518ATHLETE
Why do you teach/train?
In one word I would have to say “impact”. Not only the impact I am able to provide for my community, or tribe as I call them, but every single day I learn from someone I’m working with. Even with such a diverse clientele, some has impact on me everyday. Also I love seeing the camaraderie and bonds that are forged through overcoming physical adversity.
What classes do you normally teach / what is your training expertise?
My normal session is for athletes at every level from middle school to Division I collegiate athletes to professionals. The first 45 min we address joint mobility, flexibility, injury prevention , speed development, movement economy and explosiveness. The second 45 min is their strength program. Depending on how close they are to their season we would then condition.
How have you adapted your business to still inspire people at home?
I’m trying to inspire people at home by giving as much content as I possibly can through social media .
Are you currently offering virtual classes? If so, when and how can people join?
I am offering virtual zoom session to Senior Citizens through the Saratoga Senior Center, middle school kids which I call our ‘Foundations’ program, as well as daily workouts and content on my instagram page
What advice would you give to other fitness professionals to get through these times?
Stay Active!!! Have an active presence and engage your community whether it be through providing daily workouts through social media , live zoom classes, or even just sending a text checking in, hoping they are healthy and reinforcing how much you appreciate them. I would also advise fitness professionals to use the extra time they inevitably have to further their education and expertise. You can always learn more, either about the particular aspect of the fitness industry you are currently a part of ... or of one you’ve always wanted to learn more about.
How can fitness professionals lift each other up right now?
Simply by uniting and communicating. If you have competitor, offer a collaborative program together, or even a combined session on social media .
What is your favorite non-fitness outlet to cope with the current stress of the world?
Doing home improvement projects or capital improvements at my facility