Meet former Olympic trainer, Sean-Michael Doty. Owner of TrAk Athletics, Sean-Michael’s mission is to empower individuals to unlock their full potential and achieve their fitness goals. Providing innovative training programs and personalized coaching services, TrAk Athletics, leaves clients free to focus on their individual journeys of self-improvement and transformation.
Below we sat down with Sean-Michael to learn a bit more about his remarkable journey.
Q. What inspired you to pursue a career in fitness and become a certified strength and conditioning specialist?
S: Growing up, I was always involved in sports and physical activities. I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of fitness on both physical and mental well-being. It became clear to me that leading an active lifestyle not only enhanced performance but also improved overall quality of life. So I knew going into college I knew I wanted to empower individuals to discover their own physical potential, overcome challenges, and transform their lives through fitness. This lead me down the path of going into the fitness industry after completing my master’s in applied sports science.
Q. How has your experience as an athlete influenced your approach to coaching and training?
S: My background as an athlete has also instilled in me the significance of goal setting and perseverance. I understand the dedication and discipline required to achieve ambitious goals. As a coach, I guide individuals in setting realistic yet challenging objectives and help them develop strategies to stay motivated and focused. I encourage them to embrace the process, celebrate small victories, and keep their eyes on the bigger picture. Through my own experiences, I have learned that progress is not always linear, and setbacks are opportunities for growth and learning.
Q. Can you tell us about the importance of Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) and how it enhances athletic performance?
S: Incorporating RPR into our training at TrAk has been a game-changer for both our clients and myself as a coach. It has provided us with a deeper understanding of the interplay between the neurological and physical aspects of performance. By implementing RPR techniques into our warm-up and mobility routines, we can optimize movement, enhance performance, and support our clients’ overall well-being. It’s an invaluable tool that allows us to take a holistic and individualized approach to training, helping our clients reach new levels of success on their fitness journey.
Q. As the Director of TrAk Athletics, what sets your gym apart from others and what unique programs do you offer?
S: First and foremost, our team of highly qualified and caring coaches sets us apart. We understand that achieving fitness goals is not just about following a generic workout or diet program. It requires personalized attention, guidance, and support. Our coaches are not only experts in their fields but also genuinely invested in the success and well-being of our members. They take the time to get to know each individual, their goals, limitations, and preferences, and tailor their approach accordingly.
Q. You have trained Olympians for the Tokyo 2021 Games. What challenges did you face while working with elite athletes, and how did you help them optimize their performance?
S: Coaching Elite Athletes becomes a dance between wanting to fix/improve everything to improve performance and understanding that athletes have a job to do. You can’t whip a ship around like a speed boat and the same applies to elite athletes and their bodies, it’s not changing in a split second. It is about guiding them to stay within their lane, making the necessary small adjustments without compromising their performance. The goal is to empower athletes to perform at their best while minimizing the risk of injury and maximizing their potential.
Q. How do you ensure that your coaching approach at TrAk Athletics is personalized to meet the specific needs and goals of each client?
S: At TrAk, we prioritize not only the physical aspect of fitness but also the mental and emotional well-being of our members, so we ask them. We believe that a holistic approach is crucial for long-term success. Our coaches are not just focused on sets, reps, and numbers on a scale but also on fostering a positive and supportive environment. We understand that everyone’s journey is unique, and we strive to meet our members where they are. We provide encouragement, guidance, and education on various aspects of health, including nutrition, stress management, and mindset, this helps us ensure their changing needs are met.
Q. What role does community and connection play in the fitness journey, and how does TrAk Athletics foster a supportive environment for its members?
S: At TrAk, we understand the significance of community in fitness towards achieving your goals. Research shows that working out in a supportive community enhances motivation, enjoyment, and long-term adherence. Through charity events, coach-led introductions, and ongoing communication, we foster a strong sense of community where individuals not only achieve their fitness goals but also find support, connection, and inspiration along the way.
Q. In your opinion, what are some common misconceptions or myths about fitness and strength training that you frequently encounter, and how do you address them?
S: At TrAk, we aim to debunk common myths surrounding strength training, particularly for women. We emphasize that strength training does not automatically lead to bulkiness but rather helps build lean muscle, increase metabolism, and enhance overall body composition. We educate our clients about the benefits of using free weights like dumbbells, which promote functional movement and engage stabilizer muscles, while dispelling the notion that machines are inherently safer. Furthermore, we challenge the belief that age limits one’s ability to engage in strength training, emphasizing that it is never too late to start and reap the numerous physical and mental health benefits. Our approach is rooted in science and tailored to empower individuals of all ages and genders to embrace the transformative power of strength training.
Q. Can you share a success story of a client whose life was transformed through their fitness journey at TrAk Athletics?
S: Emily’s fitness journey at TrAk has been nothing short of transformative. When she first joined, she was new to town and lacked a consistent workout routine. However, since becoming a part of our community, she has not only made incredible physical changes, including losing 27 pounds and reducing her body fat by 14%, but she has also formed strong bonds and lasting friendships with fellow gym members. With the support of our dedicated coaches and the encouragement from her TrAk family, Emily has achieved remarkable milestones, including recently hitting a personal record by deadlifting over 200 pounds. We are incredibly proud of Emily’s progress and the positive energy she brings to every workout. She is a shining example of the incredible transformations that can happen when you find the right fitness community.
Q. As the fitness industry continues to evolve, what trends do you foresee and how do you stay ahead to provide the best possible training and coaching experience for your clients?
S: In the evolving fitness industry, We see a few key trends shaping the future. Online coaching and virtual programs are gaining popularity, offering convenience and personalized guidance in a post Covid world. A holistic approach to fitness is on the rise, emphasizing nutrition, mindfulness, mobility, and recovery. Amidst the revolving door of fads, we will stay ahead by remaining rooted in proven methods that deliver lasting results, while incorporating more of the holistic practices, and continue to add skill sets to our coaches and staff. At TrAk, we provide a comprehensive fitness experience that blends traditional training principles with innovative approaches, ensuring our clients receive effective and reliable guidance for their wellness journey.
Sean-Michael Doty, former Olympic trainer and owner of TrAk Athletics, has transformed lives through fitness. With innovative techniques like Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) and a focus on personalized coaching, he empowers individuals to unlock their potential. By fostering a supportive community, Sean-Michael creates an environment where clients thrive. With a commitment to staying ahead of industry trends, he continues to shape the fitness landscape, delivering effective and transformative experiences.