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Core Fitness Training - Gregg's BIO


Gregg Althen
Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor
Co-Owner of Core Fitness Training









I don't know exactly where to start, so how about early 1999, when I first took one of Pavel's classes. I was 29 years old, and I had been lifting weights for 13 years. Sadly, I had been doing it mostly wrong, even though I always enjoyed it. The first class I took with Pavel was flexibility, and after he fixed my tight hamstrings in about 3 minutes, I was hooked. I took everything I could with him -- more flexibility, abdominal training, barbell lifting, and finally kettlebells. At the time, I was working as a mathematician in Minneapolis and I was hating my job, so I studied to become a personal trainer, culminating with my kettlebell certification in 2002. I quit my job and moved to California where I've been working with clients and traveling around teaching seminars ever since.

Like most guys at the time, my goal as a weightlifter when I was a teenager was to see how big I could get my muscles to look, and to compare bench press numbers with all my friends. I would often lift weights twice per day, and I went at it HARD!!! Since that time, however, my goals have changed somewhat. I'm now 40 years old, and although I still love getting stronger as a hobby, my primary goals for myself are to be as healthy as possible and to feel good all the time. My thirst for knowledge has only intensified, and I always want to learn more about exercise, nutrition, workout design, you name it. Hopefully, my passion for always learning more and more will benefit you as you read over the content on this website, and especially if we work together. With that in mind, here are my goals and promises for you you as a trainer:

  1. Safety always comes first. I insist on flawless technique for supreme safety.
  2. Everyone's goals are different, so every workout plan is different and tailored to the individual.
  3. Workout plans need to by dynamic and flexible to adapt to real life.


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