Sharon Gam, PhD, CSCS 

Sharon Gam, PhD, CSCS 2017-04-03T18:09:49+00:00

I’m an exercise physiologist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and wellness consultant with over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry. I earned my PhD in exercise physiology in 2015 from the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia where I lived for 8 years. I currently live in the northern suburbs of Orlando, FL.

Health and fitness is my passion, and I’ve dedicated my life to learning as much as I can about exercise and how to use it to shape both the body and mind. I have trained many clients with a variety of backgrounds, fitness levels and goals. In my experience, clients get the best results from their training when their program is individually tailored for them, when they learn to take an active role in the process, and when their program is adjusted regularly based on their physiological and mental responses. With this ​in mind, I focus on personalization, education, and data collection in all my training programs. My goal is to use my knowledge and expertise to help you improve your health and fitness.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

WILL DURANT

MY FITNESS PHILOSOPHY

I believe that exercise can be a powerful tool for improving both physical and mental health. No matter your specific goals, history, and current fitness level, being physically active can improve your life in many ways. It can decrease your risk of chronic disease, improve your body composition by decreasing fat and increasing muscle and bone density, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, help you manage stress better, improve your mood and increase feelings of self-esteem and well-being, and even improve your focus and concentration. Exercise really is incredible, but unfortunately not enough people take advantage of all the amazing things it can do for them.

My aim is to provide sensible, practical, and science-backed exercise and health information to help you incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle, take charge of your fitness, and teach you the skills you need to be successful in your training. With the right mindset and some guidance, everyone is capable of living a healthy, active life.

LEARNING THE SKILLS OF TRAINING IS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS

There is a common misconception that choosing the right exercise program is the key to achieving results. While good program design that takes into account individual goals and circumstances is important, it’s not the most essential factor in improving fitness for most people. The reality is that the difference between success and failure depends not on what you do (i.e. the specific program or exercises), but how you do it and whether you can maintain your efforts over time.

Effective training is a skill; one that takes practice and, unfortunately, does not come naturally to many people. It involves much more than going through the motions of exercise. Training effectively means learning how to perform each exercise correctly, selecting the appropriate resistance or pace for a particular exercise, and knowing how and when to incorporate strategic progressions to make gains. It also involves mental skills, such as cultivating the right mindset, setting smart goals and creating action plans to achieve them, learning to push yourself, and understanding how to modify your program based on your physiological response. These skills are critical to making meaningful, lasting improvements in your health and fitness. ​

​​If you can learn to train yourself effectively, you can open the door to a lifetime of health and fitness. Once you learn to take control of your training, you will never need to pay a trainer or buy a fitness program again. You will be able to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle, continuously improve your fitness, and adapt your program when obstacles present themselves.​​​​

WHY SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO ME?

There is a lot of conflicting information, misinformation, and nonsense in the fitness industry. It’s not surprising that many people don’t know what to do to do or how to get started. The truth is, fitness shouldn’t be complicated. It shouldn’t take over your life, it shouldn’t make you feel deprived or exhausted. Health and fitness should be easy and enjoyable, and it should make your life better. The information on this website will help you reach your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be, and help you build sustainable habits that will help you live a healthier, happier life.

My strength is making sense of the science of exercise and helping people apply it in practical ways. My work has been featured in fitness publications including Muscle & Fitness and Breaking Muscle, and I have published several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles based on my PhD research, which aimed to improve sprint performance in competitive cyclists. I hope you enjoy the information and advice on this site and that you are successful in your fitness journey!

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