About Coach Jordan Yaklin

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My Origin Story

My love for health and fitness started in 7th grade when I entered the weight room for the first time. I loved how I could see my body transform from the workouts. I was always a chubby kid and never really lost my baby weight until high school. I played sports in high school. This helped me stay in some sort of shape. I soon realized I liked my time in the weight room more than I did playing sports. When I was under the bar, I was the only one who determined what would happen, not my coach, not my teammates, just me. During this time, I noticed that the coaches were not properly suited to coach athletes in the weight room. This led to multiple injuries that could have easily been prevented. I saw this and made it his mission to learn the basics to be able to teach the fundamentals in a safe and effective way to help the athlete (or client) build a perfect foundation in order to get them to transform into the best version they can possibly be.

 

I took this drive and pursued a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science specializing in Health Fitness and minoring in American Sign Language (because, why not?). During my time in Undergrad, I was lucky enough to coach under a well-respected strength and conditioning coach and helped train over 30 professional and Olympic level athletes. During this time, I was also able to help coach at 4 different high schools and that is where I truly excelled. I enjoyed the athlete who has never stepped foot in a gym, those who needed direction. After my Undergrad, I was offered a Graduate Assistantship for the Master of Science program in Exercise Physiology. I jumped on this and taught the basic fundamentals of movement to Undergrad students while I worked toward my Master’s degree.

 

I'm not going to lie, the Master’s program hit me a little hard. I ended up gaining 45 pounds throughout the 2-year program. This was from a combination of stress, burnout, and a dirty bulk gone wrong. Like the old saying goes, "you can't out train a bad diet." Believe me, I tried. Since then I have lost the 45 pounds gained from my Master’s program and always trying to make progress.

I am also a true nerd at heart. Throughout my career I have seen this ever-growing gap between the nerd society and the world of health and fitness and made it my passion in life to bridge that gap. I took my love fundamental development and all things nerdy and combined them by becoming an online coach for those who feel they have had been neglected and forgotten by the fitness industry.

 

I empower nerds to reclaim their health, become pain free, and regain confidence in their bodies. I do this by giving you the tools necessary to make positive changes in your lives that seem almost effortless. I use a behavioral approach to help you make small lifestyle changes to get you to gain confidence and achieve bigger goals. This mindset training combined with customized workouts tailored to the your fitness level and goals, creates a great recipe for success and lifelong adherence.

Education and certifications:

  • Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science- Health Fitness Option (Central Michigan University)

  • Master of Science: Exercise Physiology (Central Michigan University)

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist- National Strength and Conditioning Association

  • Certified Personal Trainer- American College of Sports Medicine

  • Certified Online Trainer- Online Trainer Academy

  • Level One Certification- Precision Nutrition

 

The good stuff…

  • Star Wars or Lord of the Rings?

    • ​LOTR 100%! LOTR was my first introduction to the fantasy genre. I remember the first time I watched Fellowship of the Ring and how it totally changed my life. Since then I have dove deep into D&D and Norse Myth and I love learning about how everything comes from the Vikings.  (Side note: I am listening to Howard Shore while I write this!)

  • Favorite video game of all time

    • This is an extremely difficult decision. I would say I am most emotionally invested with the Pokémon franchise. I have been a dedicated fan since I first played Pokémon Yellow on the old FatBoy when I was 4 years old.

    • As far as standalone game, I would have to say that no game has immersed me as much as The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt!

  • What are you passionately nerdy about?

    • I am passionately nerdy about furthering my education. I am constantly working on new certifications to broaden my horizons and improve my abilities as a coach.

    • That, and Dungeons and Dragons lol.