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Local trainer looks to add another power lifting title

Posted: Friday, Jun 8th, 2012




Although he’s not a Marana resident himself, many of Jon Marshall’s clients are from Marana. Marshall is a manager and personal trainer at two area gyms and also occasionally trains clients in their homes. He’s also a championship power lifter who’s looking to return to the national championships.

For several years Marshall has been the manager of the Snap Fitness just south of Marana, though he estimates nearly half of the clients live in the southern part of the Marana. He trains clients out of the River club but this past year he helped open another club in Marana. Marshall trains some of his Marana-based clients out of the new Desert Sports and Fitness Express in the shopping center across the street from Mountain View. He also has clients who train from their homes in Marana and the northwest side.

Marshall has qualified for the Natural Athletes Strength Association Grand Nationals thanks to his performance at the Western States Nationals in May. The Grand Nationals are in Des Moines, Iowa on July 14 and 15.

This contest is for natural power lifters, those who do not use performance-enhancing drugs, and are broken up into different categories based on age and weight. Competitors are judged on the total weight of three lifts, bench press, squat and dead lift.

Marshall’s path to both power lifting and personal training began when he was just 11 years old. His father hired him a strength coach to improve his performance in football and wrestling.

“Training with him led me into personal training,” Marshal explained. “I wanted to help give back what my coaches gave to me.”

His coach competed as a power lifter and inspired Marshall to give it a try himself. Marshall competed in his first power lifting competition in eighth grade and was hooked. He was the lone middle schooler competing in a high school competition and finished fourth.

“From there I was hooked,” said Marshall.

Since then he has won 17 national titles, four world titles and was named five-time United States Lifter of the Year.

His first year out of high school he returned to his alma mater, Yuma’s Kofa High School to help train the team and that was the start of his training career.

While his competition training regimen is about pure power, his training philosophy is quite different. While Marshall can certainly improve someone’s bench press or help them develop power for sports, the workouts he runs most of his clients through bypass the traditional power lifts for a more streamlined, full body approach.

“It’s a 25-minute workout, I set up little obstacle courses that they run through and that covers the full body,” Marshall explained. “It burns a ton of calories, and the way the system is designed is that they burn calories even after the workout is over. My clients see great results. They are high intensity, low impact workouts.”

Marshall takes pride in his ability to get a full workout completed in less than 30 minutes. Some of his workouts can burn over 1,000 calories, yet aren’t as long as a sitcom.

“Some trainers will slow down a workout and stretch it out so they can charge more,” Marshall explained. “I figure great results will keep clients coming back.”

In fact, two of his clients in Marana have seen those great results. One client lost 55 pounds in half a year and another dropped 70 pounds in just 4 ½ months.

“He’s extremely professional," said Marana resident Heather McAuley. “I’ve had great results training with him.”

Marshall is looking for sponsors to help him get to Iowa. Sponsors not only get a tax-write off, but will get some promotion for their business. Marshall will promote the sponsors through social media and within the clubs. In addition to the two on the Northwest side, he also works with clubs on the East side. He has also gotten creative with sponsors in the past.

“Some of my sponsors have offered discounts to club subscribers and I’ve been able to promote them on the club’s websites and through e-mail,” Marshall explained.

To sponsor Marshall, or to learn more about his clubs and personal training service call him at 293-1584 or e-mail him at tucsonsnap@aol.com.





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