I’m 57 years old and will never give up functional training! If you like to move without pain and you like growing older and have very little discomfort then this stuff should be on your to-do list for the rest of your life, starting now! The Trainer (RN)*
RUNNING MAN Rick Dant planned to put in 25 miles on Friday, bringing his 2014 total to 926.Submitted photo
Rick Dant, owner and operator of Inside Out Fitness, wants to help people. And that’s ultimately why the 50-year-old — his birthday is this month — quit his job as a critical care nurse to open up Inside Out Fitness, located at 15 Third St. in downtown Hood River.
Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Dant was born in Owensboro, Ky., and graduated from the University of Kentucky with his nursing degree in 1990. He moved to Eugene in 2001 — mainly because of the outdoor opportunities Oregon affords — and worked as a critical care nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center for a year before moving to Hood River.null
Once here, he continued as a critical care nurse with Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital for another two years before opening his business.
“As a nurse, we did good work,” he said, but after 15 years in hospitals, he had burned out. He felt like he was spinning his wheels — his patients were heart attack victims, many of whom would end up back in critical care because they didn’t make the necessary changes to help themselves and their health.
“I want to help people get prepared so they don’t end up in the hospital,” he explained. “You work 15 years with living people and you find out a little bit about the body.”
Dant worked as a personal trainer in gyms and client homes before opening Inside Out Fitness a year and a half ago. His focus is on Functional Training — taking “what you learn and what you build to the real world,” he said.null
“Let’s say you sit down and do a bicep curl. It totally isolates your bicep. When you go out into the real world, how often do you do that? That’s why it doesn’t work. Functional Training is all about using what you’ve learned.
“I want my clients to learn and not just get a great workout,” said Dant.
In his studio, you won’t find big machinery, but you will find a wide variety of what he calls “portable functional training equipment” including — but not limited to — bands, suspension systems, balance boards and punching bags.
There aren’t many pieces of such equipment that meet Dant’s criteria, but over the years he’s managed to accumulate quite a bit of it, he said. He routinely researches new products and takes client suggestions. He notes that he doesn’t sell this equipment, but does have what he thinks is as large of a collection found in the Gorge.null
“You gotta keep people happy if they’re going to exercise,” he reasoned. “One part of it is just having new things and playing with stuff and having fun. You can be in a gym for five years and not see one new piece of equipment.”
Products don’t have to be expensive to work — he has “a little band for $2.95” that replaces $10,000 leg machines. “On the floor it doesn’t look that great,” he concedes, but it does work.
Dant doesn’t teach fitness classes — he only meets with clients one-on-one. And he concentrates on fat loss rather than weight loss. “I’m straight up with folks. If that’s their main goal (weight loss), the main they can do has nothing to do with me at all.”
To that end, he started Fat Fighters five years ago, a competition he runs at Inside Out Fitness, and the only one of its kind in the area. Instead of counting pounds lost, he “pinches fat” and runs numbers through a computer to give clients an accurate picture of their progress. Muscle, he notes, weighs 1.5 times more than fat.null
When clients work out, “they feel good about themselves because we have fun here,” he said. “If you leave and you’re not smiling, you might want to look elsewhere because this isn’t the place for you. When you work out and feel good about yourself, it’s easier to push the food away.”
He doesn’t take everyone on who seeks his services. He does a free, one-hour consultation with new clients, after which he decides if he wants to take them on, and they decide if they want to hire him. “I don’t accept everybody; only people who are ready to work hard,” he said.
“I turned four people down in January. I asked them specifically, ‘Is your main reason for contacting me a New Year’s resolution?’ They were honest and said yes. I said, ‘I’m sorry, but I can’t help you because if you lose (weight), you’ll never keep it off; it never works. But in May or June if you still feel the same way, contact me and I’ll be glad to train you.’”null
Dant walks the walk, putting himself “out there” for his clients. He never asks anyone to do something that he personally can’t do. When you do put it out there, he reasons, you’re more likely to succeed because there’s an accountability factor.
An example of this: To celebrate his 50th birthday, he’s pledged to run 5,000 miles this year. Keep in mind he’s run 92 marathons in his lifetime so that number doesn’t seem unreasonable. And he plans to celebrate each decade milestone in the same way.
As far as life in Hood River goes, Dant is happy with his decision to come here. “I love the outdoors, and here you can do a lot of stuff,” he explained. He appreciates the mild weather, too. “In Kentucky, it’s so humid in the summer and cold in the winter, and we had tornadoes all the time,” he said. “Here, you don’t really have anything.”null
Another plus: The gorgeous views. “It’s beautiful here,” he said. “And even if you drive to Portland, the view is good.”
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“DON’T HOLD ANYTHING TOO CLOSE!”
I love to help others improve their lives. That is my entire purpose for being where I am! As a kid, I was always doing things in a “bigger”, and hopefully, better way than any around me. I was constantly told that I was smaller and inferior to most others. I didn’t much care for that so I set out to be a “doer”! When I was 12 I announced that I was going to start “working out”. By the looks on everyone’s faces you would have thought I had announced I was pregnant! But I did start exercising. Many times I would work on the farm 10-12 hours and then go train, in the dark, in my grandmas tobacco barn. It was pitch black but I had memorized exactly where everything was so I could still lift! Why? That’s what everyone wanted to know! They would say, “Tom, is your boy a few turnips shy of a full load? Working hard in the dark when he should be taking it easy in the house?” What they didn’t know and couldn’t comprehend was that I had “passion “, and with that I knew I could take on and complete any task I set my mind to. Passion allowed me to keep working when most would give up! I didn’t have to be the smartest or strongest, I just needed to be a “passionate doer”! Also, that “easy” they kept talking about would bite them in the butt in a few years, as it did! So I kept lifting and also set my sites on things my family felt could never be accomplished for us, such as college! I got a degree in computer programming. I didn’t stop there. A few years later I got a degree as a nurse and worked in CCU (Coronary Care) for 15 years, all the while lifting and competing in power-lifting and bodybuilding! It was in those 15 years that I got to know the human body. It is so unfortunate that most people know their automobiles better than they do the vehicle(body) that they lug around 24/7!
It was within those 15 years, however, that I got more interested in “Functional training ” and running. I started my own functional training business in Hood River! I have found that to be good and healthy at anything, one must work from many angles, not just one such as running! If you want to have a long running career, let’s say, then you must work your body equally and at as many angles possible! You must strengthen areas that you will need when your major areas, like quads give out!
“Don’t hold onto anything too tight!” I have run about 600 races from 3K to 125K.I recently decided that after 600 of these, there Wasn’t much more for me to get from them! So, I decided to do more with my body and mind and am starting what I call “Rustic Parkour”! It is Parkour(getting from point A to point B as fast as you can by using your body to jump, climb or whatever it takes), but it is in mountainous area instead of urban! My goal for myself and my clients is to keep improving and keep moving forward!
So that’s the short of it. I am putting that “passionate doing” behind what I know best, the human mind and body, and my goal? To help as many people as I can! Help them feel strong and powerful within themselves! To help them feel good about themselves. Why? People who like themselves spread it around! So you can start that beautiful process yourself, wherever you are as well! Thank you, The Trainer
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