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Chad “PK” Pilkington
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Hometown: Lusby, MD

When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved here with my spouse and our pup in the summer of ‘19, just before COVID hit! We chose Austin as a place to finally settle into after bouncing around a few years after I left the Army. We were looking for somewhere we could enjoy nice weather and would be conducive to refocusing our life around health and wellness. Moving to Austin was one of the best decisions we’ve made!

What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
My background is heavy in technology and technique. I was an Active Duty bomb technician in the US Army for 8.5 years. It’s a VERY technical job, so I learned how to pay attention to detail. It was my time in the Army that introduced me to fitness. It’s where I first received training and instruction in basic principles and technical movements of several exercise modals so that I could better assist my organization in maintaining the health of its Soldiers.

After my time in the Army ended in 2017, I worked in consumer technology as both a PC repair manager and as a smart-home design manager before moving to Austin.

Since moving to Austin, and due to the ongoing pandemic, my entire life has been reorganized so that my family and I can focus on our health. As a disabled Veteran, I’ve developed a profound passion for overcoming my own challenges and seeking out the best techniques I can find to grow in size and strength while preventing future injury.

My passion is my motivation to continue learning so I can continue to grow. As a Personal Trainer, I’m excited to be able to share my knowledge in the hopes of making someone else’s life better.

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
I do cardio two days per week, yoga three days per week, and strength training at the gym five days per week. I used to be underweight, so my current goal is to continue to gain weight in a slow and healthy way that keeps me loving how I look and feel!

What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
“If I want bigger or stronger muscles I need to lift the bigger weights.”

Nope. You can achieve both strength and muscular growth with lower weights through a tailored approach that puts much less stress on your bones and joints!

What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
Feeling confident, proud of themselves and energetic.

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
My Army experience gives me an additional perspective in functional health and fitness other than experience as a trainer and course material. Additionally, with my own back and knee challenges, I know what works with my own injury prevention and I am driven to helping my clients achieve their goals, whether or not they have their own challenges!

What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit? 
The community! Surrounding myself with health and fitness-minded people is a huge motivator to stick to my own fitness lifestyle!

Favorite quote, and who said it?
“The greatest wealth is health.” – Virgil

I heard this quote in 2020 when the news cycles were constantly covering the pandemic and a guest therapist came on one program and said it. It really stuck with me then, and it still sticks with me now!

If you had a super power, what would it be?
If I had a super power, I’d like to be able to teleport myself and anyone I’m holding to anywhere I’ve seen a picture of! There’s still so much of this beautiful planet to see and I’d love to be able to experience that with others.

Great gym overall. Chad Pilkington has been great! He not only cares about what your goals are but also about technique and making sure you don't give yourself any injuries in the process of your fitness routine.

Antonio Vasquez