Earle Smith–NFPT Personal Trainer Spotlight


Meet Earle Smith, NFPT-CPT.  Earle Smith NFPT-CPT and USATF level 1 coach, 42 years old, and the founder of Iconic Track Club an AAU Non-Profit Organization. Earle lives in Desoto, TX a suburb of Dallas. His fitness journey began with playing soccer as a child until his early 20’s when he played for a semi-pro team. He specializes in sport-specific training, resistance training, and a holistic approach of overall health catering his services to kids as young as 5 years old, professional athletes, and clients who are in their 70’s- 80’s.

Find out more about Earle’s fascinating background including training an Olympian and saving a client’s life!

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Earle, how long have you been certified with NFPT, and what made you choose it?

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I’ve been certified with NFPT for almost ten years, since 2014. I chose NFPT because I loved the fact that there was a hands-on workshop option that was offered in a classroom setting.

Why did you decide to become a fitness professional?

I decided to become a personal trainer because I was already a USATF LEVEL 1 coach, AAU track & field coach, and wanted to be of better service to the youth and professional athletes I was training.

How you are currently utilizing your personal training certification?

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The youngest I coach is 7 years old and I have clients all the way to a 76 year old vegetarian. I also train collegiate and some pro athletes. My workout approach is geared towards flexibility, stability, and mobility since  85% of my clientele are athletes.

What is the biggest challenge for you as a personal trainer?

When lockdown happened and in-person training was put on hold, I had to become creative to find a way to train my clients.


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What has been your most rewarding experience as a personal trainer?

image8One of my proudest moments is when a 10-year-old client with a known heart defect collapsed on the track during practice. With fast thinking, CPR, and prayer I was able to get her heart started again until the ambulance arrived. The story made local news and I was also featured on the Kelly Clarkson show highlighting the experience.

What has been your biggest achievement in the fitness industry?

I had the honor of training Olympic gold medalist, Michelle Carter, a shotput athlete. I was her strength and conditioning coach from 2013-2022. She won Gold for USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil!!

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Earle training Olympic Gold Champion Michelle Carter

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How has social media played a role in your fitness business?

Social media has granted me the ability to advertise and compete with bigger companies in the fitness industry.


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Any advice for people thinking about a career in fitness?

Knowledge is key to growth. The industry is forever evolving.

What does the future hold for you and for the fitness industry?

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I’m currently looking for investors to assist with Starr indoor Track & Field facility.

Is there anything else about your personal training career that you’d like to share?

I truly appreciate and love NFPT for the doors that have been created and opened in my life.
Follow Earle on Instagram and check out his website Iconic Training.

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NFPT Publisher Michele Rogers, MA, NFPT-CPT, manages and coordinates educational blogs and social media content for NFPT. She’s been a personal trainer for 20 years with a lifetime passion for all things health and fitness. Her mission is to raise kinesthetic awareness and nurture a mind-body connection. After battling chronic lower back pain and becoming a parent, Michele aims her training approach to emphasize corrective exercise and pain resolution. She holds a master’s degree in applied health psychology from Northern Arizona University. Follow Michele on Instagram.