What makes a good physical preparation coach? A passion for helping people train, not only their bodies, but also their minds. I have a deep desire to help people break out of perceived limitations and achieve their goals. I would like to help move them along the path from “I can’t” to “I DID!” A good coach does not try to motivate, but rather to inspire a trainee to find the drive within himself to do what he didn’t think was possible. My decision to become a nutrition coach and trainer began through my own journey to good health and fitness. I was actually too thin in high school but played sports which kept me reasonably fit. My tour in the Army did the same. It was after the Army that I ballooned to over 260 pounds. My blood sugar was too high and I was out of energy all the time; the classic symptoms of being overweight and unhealthy. When Nancy and I started our family, the realization hit me that if something didn’t change, my children could be without a dad at very young ages. It was this reality check that has led to a stronger, healthier, leaner and much more fit me: 185 pounds and feeling GREAT! I now have the privilege of sharing my passion with others. Whether you are an athlete striving for better performance, a frustrated dieter who wants to get off the diet roller coaster or somewhere in-between, my dedication to health and happiness means the one who deserves my best coaching skills is you! Dean Carlson is a Level 2 Certified Precision Nutrition Master coach, a certified Functional Aging Specialist through The Functional Aging Institute, and a Level 2 Youth Conditioning Specialist with the International Youth Conditioning Association. He also holds instructor certifications with TRX, Kettlebell Athletics, and Training for Warriors. Dean was recognized in 2010, 2012 and 2013 as Best Fitness Trainer in Concord by the Hippo Press and in 2010 as Best Fitness Trainer in the Capital Area by the Concord Insider.