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Mrs. Rob Longwill

Wrong Rob Longwill?

Fitness Trainer

Danville Athletic Club
 
Background

Employment History

  • Personal Trainer

Education

  • Bachelor of Science , exercise science
    Eastern Kentucky University
  • Bachelor of Science , exercise science
    Lee University
  • master's certifications
6 Total References
Web References
Amnews.com - People: Fitness training a good fit for Danville man
www.amnews.com, 20 Feb 2006 [cached]
Rob Longwill may not be known around the country as one of those "trainers to the stars," but he's happy with the recognition around these parts that he was one of the area's first - if not the first - personal fitness trainers.
And one reason is because Longwill, now only 36, has been in the business for 16 years.He decided early on that fitness would be a good fit for him.
"From the time I was in Little League and then went on to play football, I was always interested in sports," said the Danville man, who just recently had his business incorporated as GetFitTeam.
"But my interest went beyond just playing sports," he said."I wanted to know how the body worked when I played sports and how I could get my body in optimum shape.I wanted to know all the techniques involved in strengthening myself."
It was either training himself and then others how to be fit or milking cows - kind of.
Longwill was born shortly after his family moved to Boyle County to live and work at Happy Valley Farms on Gentry Lane, now the home of nationally-known disc jockey Rick Dees.
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"Happy Valley was a premier dairy farm, and my late dad, Murray, was hired as associate herdsman for the farm," said Longwill."I was proud of my dad for the career he was pursuing, but I decided early on that I wasn't going to be following in his footsteps."
Created his own career path
Instead, Longwill decided to create his own career path and trod where few people, at least around this area, had stepped before.
After graduating from Boyle County High School in 1987, he went to Lee University in Tennessee and then onto Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science, also called adult fitness.He not only had taken courses in anatomy and exercise but also in athletic training and dietetics - courses that would help make him well-rounded and well-qualified for his chosen profession.
"When I was in high school and played football, I not only wanted to get in shape during the summer and stay in shape during the season, but I also spent time during the off season lifting weights," he said."A lot of the players would play basketball and other sports in the off season.I lifted weights, and I also participated in teenage power lifting contests.
"At a pretty early age, I had developed an in-depth knowledge of techniques used in strengthening my body, and that hands-on knowledge, combined with what I was learning in college, formed the foundation for my career."
That career began 16 years ago when Longwill was hired by Ed and Pat Hays as a fitness trainer for the Danville Athletic Club.
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From 1992 to 2003, Longwill worked as a personal trainer.He then began GetFitTeam and incorporated the company.He has hired Shane Cummins as an associate trainer.Cummins, a licensed practical nurse, and Longwill both have master's certifications as personal trainers.
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Longwill and Cummins have a variety of clients and go to a variety of places to work with them.
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Clients include a wheelchair-bound Centre student whom Longwill has been working with for years, helping the young man improve and maintain his muscle strength and tone.He also works with a high school soccer player, helping him improve his leg strength and overall conditioning.Another client is a man who wants to hone his motor skills and also develop his strength while he deals with palsy.
"We also serve a number of clients in their post-operative therapy and care programs, including several orthopedic patients who have undergone knee, back and hip surgeries," he said.
All clients must set goals
Another frequent client of GetFitTeam is a person who is overweight and wants to shed pounds.Often, the overweight client has made the decision to lose weight to get ready for a special event in his life, said Longwill.
"One of our clients weighed about 300 pounds and wanted to lose a lot of weight so he could fit into a nice suit for his daughter's graduation," he said.
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Longwill and Cummins have equipment that they will bring to their appointments, including an exercise ball.
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If the clients don't have the equipment they need, they will purchase it based on Longwill's and Cummins' recommendations.
"The equipment, from rowing machines to treadmills to exercise bikes to the various multipurpose machines, can cost some money, so each client has to decide what they really need to meet their goals and address their specific conditions and how much they can spend," he said.
"I have some clients who have spent not more than $50 to $100 on used equipment that does provide them the apparatus they need, and I also have one client who has spent more than $30,000 on equipment, some of which she really doesn't need, and placed in a converted two-car garage that she has turned into a small gym complete with Surround Sound and TV sets."
Longwill tries to train his clients not only with the knowledge he provides, the program he sets up for them and the equipment they buy, but also by example.
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Longwill has two other goals, one professional and one personal.
On the professional level, he wants to "grow" GetFitTeam to the point where he can afford to hire more associate trainers and open his own facility.
The Advocate Messenger -- Serving Danville, Kentucky
www.amnews.com [cached]
Whether helping country music star Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry fame get buff for a new video or keeping the owner of an exercise facility motivated, personal trainer Rob Longwill and his Getfit team are ready for the challenge.
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Longwill has been working with people since 1989 to encourage them to lose weight and get in shape.Sometimes people turn to him after failing to accomplish their goals on their own.He is ready and waiting.
"I like to work with people who are serious about change," he says.
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Longwill, 33, also majored in exercise science, graduating in 1992.
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Mrs. Longwill says the program required patience.
"A friend of mine had joined Weight Watchers and dropped 10 pounds.I had only lost three pounds," she says, noting that her husband encouraged her to be patient.One weekend they decided to jog and see how far Mrs. Longwill could make it.She went 2 1/2 miles and set running the Bluegrass 10K in Lexington as her goal.
"At that point, I'd only run 2 1/2 miles and it was a six-mile race.I just made up my mind I was going to do it."
After qualifying for the Boston Marathon, she now plans to up her usual 35 to 40 miles a week of running to 50 to 60 miles.Losing weight and continuing with her running has changed her outlook, Mrs. Longwill says.
"I've got more energy.I think I'm a happier person to be around."
Her husband admits that he does not enjoy running.A former football player, he likes lifting weights better, but he can fit running into a client's plan.
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As a trainer to the stars, Longwill has motivated country musician Montgomery to change his eating habits.
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"Nutrition is the hardest part," says Longwill."Anybody can exercise."
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To contact Rob Longwill about Getfit, call (859) 236-9065.This story appeared in the Jan.5 issue of The Kentucky Advocate.
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The Advocate Messenger -- Serving Danville, Kentucky
www.amnews.com [cached]
Rob Longwill advises Betty Lewis, owner of Brightleaf Health Club, about avoiding knee injuries while working with weights. (Staff Photo by Emily Toadvine)
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Whether helping country music star Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry fame get buff for a new video or keeping the owner of an exercise facility motivated, personal trainer Rob Longwill and his Getfit team are ready for the challenge.
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Longwill has been working with people since 1989 to encourage them to lose weight and get in shape.Sometimes people turn to him after failing to accomplish their goals on their own.He is ready and waiting.
"I like to work with people who are serious about change," he says.
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Longwill, 33, also majored in exercise science, graduating in 1992.
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Mrs. Longwill says the program required patience.
"A friend of mine had joined Weight Watchers and dropped 10 pounds.I had only lost three pounds," she says, noting that her husband encouraged her to be patient.One weekend they decided to jog and see how far Mrs. Longwill could make it.She went 2 1/2 miles and set running the Bluegrass 10K in Lexington as her goal.
"At that point, I'd only run 2 1/2 miles and it was a six-mile race.I just made up my mind I was going to do it."
After qualifying for the Boston Marathon, she now plans to up her usual 35 to 40 miles a week of running to 50 to 60 miles.Losing weight and continuing with her running has changed her outlook, Mrs. Longwill says.
"I've got more energy.I think I'm a happier person to be around."
Her husband admits that he does not enjoy running.A former football player, he likes lifting weights better, but he can fit running into a client's plan.
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As a trainer to the stars, Longwill has motivated country musician Montgomery to change his eating habits.
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"Nutrition is the hardest part," says Longwill."Anybody can exercise."
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To contact Rob Longwill about Getfit, call (859) 236-9065.This story appeared in the Jan.5 issue of The Kentucky Advocate.
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The Advocate Messenger -- Serving Danville, Kentucky
www.amnews.com [cached]
The program is led by Bruce Brown, PGA professional at Old Bridge Golf Course; Ron Barbato, licensed physical therapist; and Rob Longwill, personal trainer.
Amnews.com - Vaught's Views: This golf lesson goes beyond the swing
www.amnews.com, 22 Jan 2004 [cached]
One might almost have wondered if Fuqua's state title was a fluke after watching Brown, Barbato and Longwill dissect the Danville senior's game recently at the center as part of a program they offer to help area golfers improve their play.
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For $100, a golfer has an evaluation by Brown, Barbato and Longwill.
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Longwill, a personal trainer, then designs a workout program and diet to help the golfer have the physical ability to make the necessary swing changes.
"Rob takes information from Ron and I and then designs a specific exercise program for the golfer and shows him or her exactly what to do," Brown said.
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