One man likely to have his
finger on the prediction pulse of bodybuilding, health and fitness for the foreseeable future is Todd Swinney
of Glen Burnie, Maryland.
This marks the twentieth year of Todd's involvement in the muscle building, fat losing universe.
competed as a bodybuilder from 1980 through 1990 and then in 1993 opened MAXIMUM FITNESS, a premier personal training/nutrition center: equipped exclusively with John Parrillo's Genetic Equalizer line of training equipment.
programs to meet the needs of each and every individual client.
In 1996, Todd
moved his business and joined forces with his friend Kevin at the newly opened WORLD GYM FITNESS CENTER
is working his
nutrition and training magic out of Gold's Gym
in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
And as if he wasn't busy enough, Todd is also the current NPC Chairman for the Maryland District.
promoted the 1998 Maryland State Bodybuilding and Fitness championships and promoted Kevin Levrone's "Full Blown" championships.
In 1999, Todd
will once again promote the NPC state championships.
Todd has been a judge for the National Physique Committee for eleven years and in the January 1999 issue of FLEX Magazine Swinney received major kudos from NPC president J.M. Manion, thanking Todd for bringing Maryland bodybuilding 'back to the top'.
has lectured on nutrition nationally and internationally and has trained a flock of local, state, regional and national champions.
has had articles published in all the top bodybuilding magazines and is listed as a reference in the bibliography of Cliff Sheat's best selling nutrition book Lean Bodies.
This is a pretty impressive stack of credentials.
provides expert personal training and nutritional counseling to his clients and is quick to credit John Parrillo with being instrumental in guiding his career.
"John and I clicked from the very first time we talked" Todd
found Parrillo approachable and made the most of it.
Their relationship grew and over time Todd
got to pick John's brains on every conceivable subject: "I've got to say that John Parrillo has been instrumental in my high success rate with my clients.
Through data accumulation, Swinney
makes the hard choices.
"Should we continue on this path?
Is it working for this individual?
I ponder these factors and often make course corrections.
continued: "I don't have all the answers, but in no time at all, I'll find out!
refers to his
basic philosophy as "Metabolism Building Nutrition".
learned the ropes from John Parrillo and now, a decade later, teaches with the easy assurance of a truly knowledgeable training master.
"I frequently am asked about this diet, or that diet, or another diet - the fact is, diets are short term solutions to long term problems and they rarely ever work over the long term."
relates some nutritional topicality: "Recently I've been getting a lot of questions and queries regarding my opinion of the faddish high fat diets.
Is it any wonder why Todd Swinney
is in such high demand?
approach requires the client use all the tools and techniques we have available.
feels the process is done "one brick at a time".
Motivation is a key aspect of Todd's approach: "The vast majority of my time is spent with average people who are just sick and tired of being sick and tired - they want to look and feel better.
I take great pride in motivating and helping them to achieve their goals.
I take the things I've learned from dealing with elite athletes and apply these principles with normal people - albeit a little watered down and diluted.
As a result, the normal folks get results beyond their wildest dreams!
considers goals and priorities a prerequisite: "I consider it fundamentally important to map out each and every individual's goals ahead of time.
I have those seeking my services commit their goals to paper.
Choose their course and write it down.
I show them how we will stair-step our way up to the goal, taking baby steps seven days a week.
Why is Todd Swinney
in high demand as a trainer and nutritionist?
Results still matter.
I put Rusty on a program early last year and he
grew so quickly that when he
was visiting a taping for the WWF, The Undertaker and Kane (pro wrestlers) both wanted to know what he
was doing 'to get so big so quickly!'" It turned into a strong endorsement for Todd
and the Parrillo System: "They were excited and Rusty has promised to put them in touch with me. I'm sure he
will, but I have this recurring nightmare: What if, for the first time in my career, I don't produce my trademark great results for my clients?
Then I'll have The Undertaker and Kane chasing me, wanting to inflict great bodily harm on me!