Welcome to Smart Strength
This training option allows for the most flexibility in scheduling and provides an extra element of community to the fitness experience. 1-3 members will train at the same time, sharing the space, but fear not, we will accommodate so you are not waiting for equipment, and there will be NO less attention to detailed coaching. Most people find that this training provides an excellent workout and is a great way to meet people and network, as well as having extra accountability to your peers.
Individual Personal Training
For those that want a totally individual experience, this is your option. We understand that not everyone is comfortable training with other members, and that is ok. We can create a program that fits any and all types of fitness levels, personalities and goals. We are here to help everyone reach their fitness pinnacle. The individual coaching and mentorship will help you reach your goals.
Meet the Instructor
Alex has been involved in fitness all his life. From Athletics to Education to Trainer, fitness has always been at the bedrock of his foundation. After his athletic career, Alex knew that he had to stay involved in fitness the rest of his life. He committed to this by receiving his bachelor’s degree from Albion College in Exercise Science. He then followed that up with a master’s degree from Michigan State University in Exercise Physiology.
After completing his formal education, it was time to learn the practical sides of the fitness industry. He has made stops at: Spartan Performance, Coval Fitness & Sports Performance, Golf & Body NYC. In addition, he has coached High school Basketball, golf and taught Anatomy & Physiology at Montcalm CC.
Alex carries certifications through the NSCA (certified strength & conditioning coach) TPI (Level 1 fitness) and American Red Cross.
When not working, Alex enjoys Golf, golf and golf. Also reading and listening to music and having fun.
A Personal Statement from Alex Himself:
I believe in helping people. My talents and my passion are empowering people through fitness to help change their lives. The greatest joy I get is when I see a client’s face light up after achieving a goal and experiencing a sense of confidence they have not had for years.
I chose to name my company Smart Strength for a reason. At Smart Strength, we take an intelligent and holistic approach to fitness. Because true fitness is not just muscular strength, it’s also mental strength. I have learned that the mind always leads the body, so if we are to profoundly change our physical fitness, we need to be committed to strengthening our mental fitness as well.
In this business, attitude is everything. I sincerely believe that with the right coaching, we will turn fitness from something you avoid to something you consider to be the absolute favorite part of your day.
In the end, I do not intend for you to take my word for what you can achieve. Instead, I want to help you discover it for yourself. I look forward to meeting you and uncovering your true potential.
My experience with Smart Strength was fantastic! My trainer, Alex, was very personable and made my workouts enjoyable. The training I received was specific to my fitness goals, and not a cookie-cutter program. Alex oriented me to new gym equipment and made me feel comfortable with its use. He always made me feel like a rockstar with his encouraging and motivational words. The most notable part of working with this Smart Strength trainer is that he was instrumental in kickstarting a new level of fitness for me. I have never felt better about myself.
- Jennifer RicciusMiddle School Teacher/Coach
Smart Strength’s slogan is “Work Smarter, Not Harder,” which is exactly what Alex Harris lives up to when you train with him. I worked with Alex in Ionia for just over a year. At the age of 52, I had just begun going to a local gym, which actually was a first for me. I periodically worked out at home, but was looking for something different. I took a couple of group classes led by Alex, which I enjoyed, however, I really liked the Personal Training sessions he offered. I like the one-on-one attention, and the relationship that builds between a personal trainer and yourself.
- Lisa L. BrownAVP, Community Lender
I had the pleasure of working alongside Alex during his time in New York City. He is a passionate and knowledgeable fitness professional who listens to his clients and goes the extra mile for them to help them reach their goals. He is the kind of professional we need more of in the fitness industry.