who am i?

My name is Trent, and I am a personal trainer and soccer coach from Portland, Oregon.

My job as a fitness trainer means that I am always trying to keep fit and active, which to some might sound like a living hell. And I do get it, for some people going for a run in the morning or going to the gym is the last place they want to be. It feels like too much of an ordeal. That happens to me as well. Some days I wake up and think I could do without going for that early morning run, but once I get out there, I’m glad I did it.

I was always quite sporty at high school, so the idea of running around didn’t faze me, as it came naturally to me. However, I always felt like gym class seemed like punishment to some kids. Being subjected to laps of the running track, playing soccer and other sports must be horrific if you hate sport.

I quickly realised that this is the reason that many adults struggle later in life with their relationship to sports and general fitness – because to them it still feels like punishment.

Making a change

So, I decided to make it my mission to change the face of fitness and sports for those who hate the idea of working out, and attempt to encourage people to take part in sport or physical fitness in their daily lives.

I have been involved in fitness for a long time, so it all tends to come naturally for me now. But I can imagine if I didn’t have that passion, I might have fought the urge to give sport or keeping fit a go. Not to mention, seeing others struggling in the gym can definitely play a role in restricting someone from making that leap to a disciplined and fit lifestyle.

Anything that is forced upon someone can end up feeling like a painful ordeal, which is why I think that it is important to change the perception that people have towards fitness. Presently, there are a lot of mental blocks when it comes to any form of physical exercise, be it running or heading to the gym for a strength training session. My aim is to provide enough knowledge, from all that I have learned and experienced, to break the stereotypes towards fitness and allow people to see the benefits for themselves. By reading my blogs, you will be able to see different aspects of fitness and sports and how they don’t need to be as daunting as is mostly assumed.

Trent Layley

connect with me

If you’re not ready to just jump into the gym lifestyle and need a little more convincing, this is the right place for you to be. I hope to be able to remove (or at least reduce) the mental block that prevents you from switching to a healthier lifestyle. That said, feel free to explore my website and do reach out to me if you have any opinions or doubts that I can clarify for you.