From football to Rival Fitness: Getting to know class instructor Logan Hunt

Posted July 29, 2018

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Getting to the gym in the morning is always a little tough for original Rival Member Sharolyn M. When she arrived on a particularly difficult morning last week, Rival Instructor Logan Hunt had a few words for her.

“When I got here, Logan goes, ‘Well you’ve already done the hardest part, and that’s getting here,” Sharolyn relayed. “And then he said, “You’ve got this.”

Hailing from Texas, Logan grew up playing football and eventually started as a linebacker at Southern Utah University, where he said he was coached by some of the “hardest men I’ve ever met in my life.” While their coaching style had its benefits, Logan takes a different approach when it comes to leading his classes.

“I bring some of that mindset from my coaches to my training, but I don’t do a lot of whooping and hollering – especially at 6:00 a.m., ” Logan said. “For me, there’s a universal way of getting down to the nitty-gritty and know that people are always capable of more than they think they are, so it’s okay to ask for more from them. Everyone has their own workout and I hope they have the freedom to feel like they own that. Their workout is their hour or 45 minutes of ‘me time’ and I just hope they all feel welcome when they come to me.”

Hunt turned to personal training after his football career was cut short from injury. He then went on to compete as a bodybuilder, qualifying nationally for the men’s physique division with National Physique Committee, and began to train clients individually while living and working in business development in Austin. Eventually, Logan began leading HIIT-based classes and relocated to Seattle, which in turn led him to Rival in December of 2017.

Since joining the Rival Team, Logan has built a strong base in his 6:00 a.m. Triple Threat. With each class, Logan perfected his setup and began incorporating more diverse and challenging elements, while focusing on keeping all movements accessible for different ability levels. Now, Logan’s early-morning class has become a favorite among the morning crew and is often packed with Rivalers looking to get a good sweat on. Earlier this month, Logan began teaching TRX Strength on Tuesday evenings, a class format which he feels allows him more freedom as a trainer.

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“TRX Strength allows me to be a little bit more creative, because there’s just so many different ways that you can use a TRX,” Logan said. “I can constantly teach people new things with it and I’m always learning new movements as well. Being able to pair strength training with suspension training is something that’s totally unique. With TRX Strength, I cut out this idea that you have to move super fast to get a good workout. When in reality, you can use your own body-weight at a controlled pace to develop strength.”

When it comes to leading classes, Logan appreciates the power of camaraderie to help push Rivalers towards goals they maybe never even thought were possible.

“Most of the workouts we do in classes are pretty difficult to do on your own,” Logan said. “But when you’re in a class atmosphere -whether you know each other or not – I feel like you’re able to accomplish a lot more knowing that if the person next to you can do it, you can probably do it too. You’re just feeding off of that energy and you get a real sense of accomplishment after class.”

While early mornings still aren’t her cup of tea, Sharolyn keeps finding the grit to get to the Rival Field every Tuesday morning and join Logan for Triple Threat.

“I really enjoy that if there’s a move you’re not quite comfortable with, he’ll give you an alternate that still gives you the same effect, and so you don’t end up feeling like you can’t participate because your body just doesn’t move that way,” Sharolyn said. “He pushes you in a good way, not in a drill sergeant kind of way. He pushes you in a way that you want to come back for more.”

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