Client Testimonial - Karen K.
Client Testimonial - Karen K.
I joined acac and began working with a personal trainer in November 2014. At that point, I had just left a job where I was traveling constantly and I wanted to get back into the gym on a regular basis. Having had a long history with back injuries and ongoing pain issues, Jordan Smuts was recommended as a good fit as a trainer for me. Jordan has experience with treating sports injuries and specializes in the Graston technique, which is a form of manual therapy used to treat injuries. While I didn’t start out needing any particular treatment, I liked the idea of that as an option as opposed to looking at my fourteenth cortisone injection.
I have played sports most of my life. I have trained with a professional trainer before for years. Marathon running was my love until my back issues took that away. Going back to the gym and weight training was what I knew I needed to do but not what I wanted to do. That is not a true statement today. Working with Jordan has changed my perspective on what it means to be healthy and strong. He has worked with me to develop strength that I didn’t think I could achieve – while helping me with the exercises that have corrected issues with my back to the point where I no longer have daily pain. He has had to deal with my skepticism early on that I could do a kettle bell swing or lift weights off the floor and still be able to get up in the morning without reaching for pain medication. Now, I look forward to Tuesdays so I can do my dead lifts and chest presses. (We call those my guilty pleasures now.)
Jordan has a way of instructing and coaching that isn’t patronizing all while making sure you understand the importance of good form – and making sure you achieve it. I have seen him work with true athletes that are training for competitive events as well as with those that are newer to making the gym a priority. I consider myself to be in the middle of that range. Having worked with other trainers in the past I have experiences to compare this one to and I can definitely say I couldn’t ask for a better trainer. I am looking forward to continuing the fitness journey he has put me on.
Bio & Schedule
Monday | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday | 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday | 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday | 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
I come from an athletic background, playing baseball and basketball my entire life and was lucky enough to continue my baseball career throughout college. This is where I became passionate about the strength and conditioning side of athletics. My education and professional foundation comes from the clinical perspective as I spent my time in graduate school and the first years of my career in the clinical setting as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in the NCAA Division I setting. Combining my experiences and passion for strength and condition and athletics with the clinical knowledge and skills from being an ATC has shaped the way that I work with my clients here at acac. My passion is to help individuals who are suffering from an injury or are in pain to not only achieve their fitness-related goals, but to provide guidance to progress from rehabilitation to increasing and optimizing performance.
- M.S., Kinesiology, Indiana University
- B.A., Athletic Training, Franklin College
- Injury prevention and rehabilitation
- Helping those with injuries or pain achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals
- Strength and specialty training for athletes
- Mobility and corrective exercise
- Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainer
- National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Athletic Trainer for NCAA Division I Athletics, Experience in High School Athletics and Physical Therapy Settings, NCAA Athlete
Working Out, Movies, Grilling and Cooking, Watching my Hoosiers and Colts