Changing Lives By Building Courage And Strength
“I wanted to change people’s lives.”
This simple idea has been a constant motivator in Scott Keppel’s life. The idea came to be during a time when Arnold, Hulk Hogan, and Rocky were every little kid’s idols. Since he was 13 years old, Keppel has strived to be like his fitness heroes. He read weightlifting books and magazines and hit the weight room hard. The results of this intense weight training showed on the field when he played football in high school and college.
Fueling the Flame
Keppel earned a degree in business, but that was not where his fire burned. After working for a major rental car company, he decided his passion was fitness. His desire to change lives led him to develop Scott’s Training Systems (STS). This system provides a team of coaches–not simply trainers–to clients. The trainers give one-on-one attention and cover everything from home workouts to nutrition. After a free consultation, the client is paired with a trainer who best fits the client’s fitness goals and personality. Setting both physical goals and mental goals is part of the training.
Turning Adversity Into Good Will
The journey has not always been straightforward, though. Fitness took on a new meaning when Keppel’s wife, Melissa, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2011. This changed Keppel’s outlook on life forever. He obtained his certification in post-breast cancer recovery and his specialized training enables him to appropriately guide survivors of cancer in their fitness goals. Keppel wrote the e-book A Fit Guide to Post Breast Cancer Recovery and also started the Busting Butts to Save Breasts charity event to bring awareness to the disease and educate the community about the importance of both diet and exercise in cancer prevention. The Busting Butts to Save Breasts 5K Run/Walk and Bootcamp, in its 5th year, donated its proceeds to Face in the Mirror, a non-profit focused on nurturing cancer patients.
“Start slowly, set daily goals, and as you achieve them use them to work on bigger goals. I try to set a goal in at least three of my five healthy Fs: friends, family, food, fitness, and faith.” says Keppel, discussing that even though everyone is on his or her own fitness journey, anyone can take steps to be healthier.
And clients are seeing the results.
“I spent a lifetime of being the last kid picked in gym class when I was introduced to Scott,” says Stephanie S. Wade, M.D. “I was turning 40 and had accomplished so much in every other aspect of my life, yet never felt confident with my body image. I decided to challenge myself by entering a figure competition. Scott assessed my fitness level and set a 10-month plan for training and nutrition. Some trainers can create a nutrition and exercise plan, but what I love about Scott is that he always – subtly – knows how to train you mentally to get out of your own way.”
His clients trust his expertise.
“Scott is my champion,” says Ashleigh Graham. “He gives me the courage to push myself by believing in my abilities, my potential and me. My fear of physical activity is deep rooted and only intensifies based on my medical history. Scott makes intelligent decisions based on knowing the human body’s abilities during times of medical stress, such as cancer or injury. His knowledge and genuine care for my well-being allows me to trust in him, so I can focus on building strength and the activities of fitness and wellness.”
Through a lot of hard work and tenacity, Keppel has earned a position as the official trainer for various pageants, including Miss Arizona USA and Miss Teen Arizona USA. Keppel is well known in the world of bikini, figure, fitness and body building competitions. Many of his clients have earned top standings after his coaching.
A Chandler Lifestyle
Keppel chose to base his business in Chandler for several reasons, mainly because of the sense of community.
“I like the fact that many people in Chandler are hard workers and the town is small enough that it still has the community feel we strive to have at STS,” he says.
Keppel also has goals outside of fitness related to the Chandler community and family, including wife Melissa and children Gavin, 13, Alexandra (Alex), 11 and Gabriel (Gabe), 8. Keppel says his goals are simple.
“I want to be the best husband and father I can be,” he says. “I enjoy holding charity events and giving back to the community.”
He also takes pride in coaching Gabe in flag football and helping Gavin with football conditioning.
Scott’s Training Systems is located at 6100 West Gila Springs Place #23 in Chandler near West Chandler Boulevard and North Kyrene Road. To learn more about Scott and Scott’s Training Systems, visit ScottKeppel.com and ScottsTrainingSystems.com or call 480.820.0835.