When saluting the courageous sacrifice of current and former veterans, many offer the catchy phrase “home of the free, because of the brave.” It is a sweet statement that rings true and pays tribute to service men and women across the board.

For personal trainer Todd Godwin, an appropriate promotional slogan could tweak the colloquialism to say “home of the free weights, led by the brave.” Godwin, a former marine, now utilizes his military background to coach his elders on how to combat idleness through a variety of exercises, according to an article this week from Crossville Chronicle.

Story author Jean Clark detailed Godwin’s extensive expertise in the field of fitness, writing:

When one hears about a SilverSneakers exercise program, they expect to see elders dancing around on their toes doing ballet moves. That is until you participate in the one led by former Marine personal trainer, Todd Godwin. These exercises are not for sissies.

Godwin has personally been heavily involved with physical training for over 30 years. He spent six years in the Marine Corps, where he was in charge of developing and managing fitness plans for his unit. After the Marine Corps, he spent 18 years in an office job but still managed to work out himself and train others in physical fitness in his spare time. About five years ago, Todd decided to take a jump into working full time as a personal trainer and group fitness trainer. It has always been his dream job to be able to assist others in fitness and to see their progress.

He researched the top five personal trainer certifications and decided to go through the International Sports Sciences Association for his certifications. Once he earned his personal trainer certification, Todd then wanted to look into more specialty certifications to advance his career. Since then, he has earned the following certifications: Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, Specialist in Sports Nutrition, Bodybuilding Specialist, Senior Fitness and Group Fitness. Todd is currently working on the Specialist in Youth Fitness certification to cover all ages. Because he has an eight-year-old son, he is interested in helping him develop physical fitness. His wife works for UCHRA and they live in Crossville. 

SilverSneakers is a fitness program for seniors that’s included with many Medicare Advantage or supplement plans.

Maintaining an active lifestyle is important for individuals of all ages, as is supporting the troops and honoring veterans. At least in Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, those culminate in SilverSneakers.

To read Clark’s full writeup, click here.