Flying across the country to attend IDEA World Fitness convention was a big decision for us/our business, my wife Beth and I run our own personal training and health coaching company, but with big risk come big rewards. That big reward (Coach Kevin Kearns) came wrapped in a high energy, authentic leader with quick smile and engaging Boston “way”… I say “way” instead of just accent, because being from Boston means more than making your “R’s” sound like “ah’s” and exchanging the term “wicked” where others might use “great.” For example, we met as Kevin politely held the door rather than let it slap back on us as Beth and I exited the hotel in the EARLY am on our way to Starbucks. It was clear we were all headed the same way and a conversation ensued and continued, as the line was long, as you would imagine it would be at the world’s largest fitness and wellness convention. Kevin was “pumped” exploding with a contagious energy, Beth actually asked him if it was safe for him to drink caffeine LOL … but energy without depth is just a flash, Kevin was engaging us with a real depth of understanding of the struggles faced by many clients (our business focuses on specialized population) – not what you would expect from one of UFC Magazine’s Top 10 MMA Coaches.
Here is what I mean by the Boston “way”, as we were clearly all hitting it off, Kevin a featured and experienced presenter and us small company of two, he says to me, “let me see your phone for a second” and then he enters his name and number in it and says “this is my personal cell and I don’t give it out to everybody – I feel a connection and I am here to help you… and where I come from in Boston, that means we are like family – you need me, you just ask.” The Boston way… more than an accent.
We were already signed up for his MMA Warrior Workout and having experienced Kevin’s energy at Starbucks we knew the workshop workout would be amazing and it was. Lot’s of workshops are energized and fun, but Kevin’s gave us some outstanding moves and uses for the BOSU, one of our favorite training tools. He was able to program (and modify) fight training w/ no contact, which results in empowerment and fitness. At Beth’s Boot Camp (women only) they still simultaneously groan and cheer when she breaks out “BOSU Monkey Slams.” As I mentioned we used BOSU, as one of our main tools – we had two. Kevin blew our minds with what we learned from him and upon returning to Florida we immediately purchased 18 more - we are the only Boot Camp around where every person has their own BOSU!
Let’s get to the real difference maker here… you say, sure lots of people talk a big game and give out their phone numbers, but then what? Yea, I agree… I hear what people SAY, but I listen to what people DO… and Kevin has spent the last year sharing knowledge with us, responding to questions – reaching out to us proactively, following up when he says he will do something and being a friend and mentor. Sometimes giving someone a little guidance and encouragement can make a huge difference.
Since meeting Kevin our business, FullestLiving.com, which consists of Beth’s Boot Camp & our physician endorsed program “30 Seconds to Victory” (helping people who must lose 100 pounds or more) has been featured not only locally on TV and in The Florida Times Union, but also in SHAPE, IDEA Fitness Journal, CNN, everyday Health and more.
I am a division I hockey player committed to Boston University in the fall. I have been training with Kevin Kearns during my off season for the past two summers. I have noticed a huge improvement in my strength, conditioning and more importantly my confidence. I was knocked unconscious during a hockey game last fall with a blindsided hit to my jaw. I was determined to work with Kevin this past summer to learn how to protect my myself so as not to have a repeat head injury. Kevin taught me every move imaginable for every kind of scenario I could be faced with both on and off the ice. Working with Kevin has more than prepared me to face future opponents. Working with Kevin is not just about preparing for a fight, it is about strength, agility and conditioning. I was headed down to Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL draft and Kevin made sure I was prepared for rookie camp, focusing on my conditioning and ability to defend himself should I be faced with a fight. I was more than well prepared for the camp and went into it with the confidence I needed knowing I had been well trained and was mentally ready to take on any challenge that I encountered. Kevin has prepared me for the physical challenge of performing at the highest level of hockey imaginable. I consider Kevin not just a coach, but a mentor who I can call no matter what the situation and he will walk me through it. He has taught me about mental toughness in sports and how to work through stressful situations. Kevin is an outstanding trainer, coach and mentor who has played a significant role in my development as an athlete and person and would highly recommend him to any one who is ready for the next level.
Tara A. Mardigan, MS, MPH, RD Director of Nutrition FruitStreet.com ThePlateCoach.com Co-author of Real Fit Kitchen (Testimonial)
Coach Kearns is unlike any other.
I have worked with him myself (ouch) and have referred several of my exercise-adverse nutrition clients to him with excellent results.
Coach Kearns has vast experience in the MMA world yet can translate the fighter's mindset and skill set to the lay person trying to get more fit. The workouts are different each time and his relentless energy propels the workouts throughout. He stays on top of latest training methods but is quick to dismiss flashy fads.
No cookie cutter workouts with Coach Kearns. He finds a way to tailor the workout and clients can't wait for the next session. He's more than a coach. He's a mentor, a skilled listener and a rare find.
Now that the marathon’s over, I just wanted to extend a big THANK YOU to you. You helped me get through some of the weird injuries, and your program was an excellent cross-training maneuver that kept me in great shape without running hundreds of miles, and thus worsening the injuries. I was very happy with my marathon finish time, and I just want you to know that you had a part in that, keeping me healthy and energized. I am grateful!
My name is Garrett O’Keefe, and I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. I want to first say thank you Kevin Kearns for all you have done for my guys and I. A little background first, I have 8 Soldiers who work directly for me. I got in contact with Kevin while deployed to Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom VII. He was excited to help us out and sent a Burn with Kearns fit pack for all my guys a total of 9. He also sent us his basement tapes and bands. Along with this we stayed in touch and he supplied support and guidance to us through email. After using his fit pack and basement tapes my squads Physical Fitness test which consist of 2 minutes of push ups, 2 minutes of sit ups, and a 2 mile run. My squads score improved from a 222 average to a 286 average in 4 months. We continued to use his techniques and fit pack when we returned to the United States. My squads last PT test resulted in 6 of us out of 9 maxing the test with scores over a 300 (total of all 3 events) and everyone was able to do 15 pull ups or more. I continue to use the fit pack and basement tapes and my over all strength and conditioning are better than I have ever seen it. I recommend this program to everyone, from the stay at home mom to exercise gurus, to those that want to improve in the martial arts or MMA world. I also recommend this to all Military Leaders as it brings a new variety of exercises to the unit, preventing boredom. Once again Thank You Kevin.
As a USAF Phoenix Raven we’re always on the go all over the world but still need to maintain a high level of fitness. With the Burn with Kearns program being very functional and able to be conducted in any environment, the program is just the right fit for our high ops tempo life style. Training heavily in hand to hand combat Coach Kearns program design of fighter fitness easily fits into our regimen. The benefits of the Burn with Kearns program are endless and Coach Kearns’ knowledge and application of fitness is unparalleled in my opinion. Thank you Coach for all your help, it is much appreciated
Coach Kearns was my S and C coach for over 3 years. He system is completely adaptable and we use it regularly with our Team Irish fighters and gyms .