Aces of Trades – Earl Crosswhite Jr., personal trainer
NEWARK – Earl Crosswhite Jr. grew up in Washington Court House with thoughts of going into computer science. All that changed in high school, however, when he developed “a strong fascination for the study of the human anatomy, and the sport of bodybuilding and fitness.”
“I had the ultimate dream to be a top-level bodybuilder or even a professional bodybuilder,” he continued. “I just knew I wanted to be involved in the field of health and fitness, no matter what. My mind was made up.”
It helped that his father was “an amazing athlete and a driving force that inspired me into health and fitness.” It also helped that, soon after high school, he grew 3 inches and put on 20 pounds. “I guess you could say I was a late bloomer,” he summed.
Then while working in Chillicothe, he met “a very large bodybuilder.”
“This was the first time I ever met someone who had an extreme amount of muscle,” he remembered. “It increased my interest in the sport even more.”
So at the age of 22, Crosswhite began bodybuilding full-time. The results speak for themselves. In 1995, he won the Mr. Ohio Bodybuilding Championships. He competed nationally for a time, took a break, then in July of 2018 came back to win the Super-Heavyweight division at the Master’s National Championships. And he became an International Fitness Bodybuilding (IFBB) Professional Bodybuilder.
“I fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete,” he said. “And I want everyone to know this is proof that no matter what, you never give up on your dreams.”
In the meantime, for the past 28 years, because he also “loved to help and motivate others,” he also became a personal health and fitness trainer.
But the dreams didn’t stop there.
“Another long-term goal I set for myself,” he added, “was to become an owner of a fitness center. This became true in May of 2014.”
Crosswhite, now 52, is co-owner and fitness director at Maximum Fitness Center.
“He is one of the most knowledgeable and passionate men I’ve ever met when it comes to this sport,” assessed Kristin Myers, a trainer at Maximum Fitness. “He knows how to be tough and push you harder than you could ever think possible. Yet I’ve seen him be so gentle with elderly clients.”
“He can look tough on the outside,” she added, “but I’ve seen him literally cry when he’s proud of you. He genuinely cares so much about what he does.”
“There’s nothing more rewarding,” Crosswhite responded, “than helping someone achieve their health and fitness goals. It becomes a life changing experience for those who commit to proper exercise and nutrition.”
“Another thing to keep in mind,” he added, “is that it will not only affect the specific client but also the people they pass it on to, such as spouses, children, brothers, sisters, friends, etc.”
“And being a part of that,” he concluded, “brings me true happiness.”
Maximum Fitness Center is located at 1550 West Church Street in Newark. For more information, call 740-344-1248 or log on www.maxfitcenter.com.
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