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Meet Aaron Fountain of Fountain Fitness in Downtown Denver

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Fountain.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Aaron. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have over a decade of experience in the fitness industry but it wasn’t always my full-time gig.

I’ve had a passion for health and fitness from a young age. My brother and I would read your dad’s old school bodybuilding magazines and crush push-ups and curls in the basement (curls for the girls, right?).

Life happened and I ended up working for a consulting engineering firm as an electrical designer. Pretty much what you’d expect from a half-Asian. 😉

I worked this desk-job for nine years while also training clients on the side.

It was a great job for a great company but it wasn’t how I wanted to spend the next 30+ years of my life.

I left to live a life free from the corporate confines, do what I love, and help people access their greatness through fitness and health.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had a couple of knee surgeries and they really had an impact on my life and well-being. I was training to qualify for nationals in Olympic Weightlifting and constantly battled a bum left knee.

After rehab, an MRI, and numerous consultations with my physical therapist and doctor, I chose to go under the knife.

The preliminary diagnosis was that I would be fully recovered in six weeks and could get back to training. Upon waking up from surgery, I was told that I had a hole in my articular cartilage and would require another surgery with a recovery time of 18-24 months.

I would have to focus on preserving my knee health and no longer have uber competitive aspirations. I’d been fortunate enough to have the first world problem of being concerned with my physicality so much so that it became an identity.

I was crushed and I fell into depression. At that time, I identified myself as an athlete and I didn’t know who I was without that label. I really had to look at my life and adjust to my new reality. I had to slow down and to stop driving so hard to an end goal.

Laying in bed all day for six weeks post surgery was brutal. I couldn’t get up or do anything. I’d never been sidelined with an injury for more than a few days. I lost over 15lbs in two weeks and was very grouchy which my brother could attest to as he was my roommate and butler. Thanks, Simon!

The rehab process was long and grueling. I learned to develop patience and listen to my body. I also learned to say “yes” to life’s curve balls. I learned to expand my horizons of who I “thought” I was and got to see myself anew.

The amazing thing is that even though my knee will never be the same, I’ve rebuilt my body and am stronger than ever!

My new passion is rock climbing which has brought me much joy, the physical challenge I thrive on, and lifelong friends.

These lessons have served me very well in my life and I integrate them with great success with my clients.

Anything else you’d like our readers to know…

Sure, here are 5 random facts about me…

1. I have a passion for living in the moment and finding joy in small things. We aren’t taught in school how to be well in ourselves and to have satisfaction in each moment. We are taught to achieve and to get to someplace “better.”

From a young age, I’ve been a seeker of my personal truth. This has led me through a lot of personal development and ultimately to study and attend courses on happiness and well-being.

2. I LOVE the nacho with cake and Ice-cream being a close second! All things in moderation, right?

 

3. My coaching philosophy is based on simplicity and doing what actually works.

In the past, before I knew any better, I tried just about every fad diet, supplement, and new workout. I had very little success with this approach. I bombarded myself with misinformation and approaches that just didn’t work. I ended up wasting a lot of time and money.

Fortunately, I sought out the best and learned from them. By sticking to sound training principles; lifting heavy, practicing moderation with nutrition, and adding in conditioning when needed, achieving a lean healthy body is all but a matter of time.

4. I’m a banana (yellow on the outside and white on the inside).

I’m half Korean, half white boy. I spent my childhood in the suburbs of Chicago where there were no Asians and then my formative years in Kansas City where once again, no Asians. I now live in Denver Colorado, and you guessed it, very few Asians.

My mother who is Korean instilled many of the stereotypical Asian values and was my only ties to Korean culture growing up. Needless to say, the white boy side in me is very strong. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had a renewed desire to learn more about my Korean heritage.

5. I’m very good at what I do and I’m not shy about saying that. I’ve been training clients for more than a decade and I love my work.

Please tell us more about Fountain Fitness – what should we know?
I train my in-person clients in Downtown Denver at Vital Strength and Fitness.

I also train many clients on the internet as well.

I help people achieve their fitness goals through proper strength training, nutrition and building healthy sustainable habits.

I coach simplicity when it comes to fitness and nutrition.

There’s a lot of misinformation in the fitness industry and my approach is to simplify and cut through the BS.

Doing the right things, doing them well, and doing them consistently is the recipe for success. From there, achieving your goals is all but a matter of time.

I specialize in strength training, Olympic Weightlifting, athletic performance, fat loss, nutrition, and injury prevention.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My mother is one of my biggest inspirations. She grew up living a very simple life on a farm in Korea. She worked very hard to become a success and make a better life for me and my family.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to seek out and be trained by some of the top coaches in the fitness industry.

I operate under the principle that I don’t know everything. This has led me to learn from who I consider the best.

This list includes Eric Cressey, Dr. John Berardi, Martin Berkhan, Jordan Syatt, Mike Vacanti, among many others. I still to this day allow myself to be coached and invest in the teachings of other great coaches. This keeps me sharp and informed.

Pricing:

  • $65 per 1-hour session – In-person coaching
  • Online Training – Price varies depending on service

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