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!
Earle, how long have you been certified with NFPT, and what made you choose it?
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?
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.
What has been your most rewarding experience as a personal trainer?
One 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!!
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.
Any advice for people thinking about a career in fitness?
Knowledge is key to growth. The industry is forever evolving.