Brian Harris has been providing training services for over 25 years. He a leader in a very competitive industry. He has three degrees in the human movement and nutrition field that offer clients a well-educated professional. Brian’s degrees include:
- Bachelor’s of Science in Movement and Exercise Science/Athletic Training
- Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics
- Master’s of Science in Human Movement/Corrective Exercise Training
Brian’s dedication to education and teaching gives him an ideal edge in the field of human movement and nutrition. He has gained his knowledge to better his ability to educate and train his clients. Brian’s first master’s degree in Clinical Dietetics/Nutrition gives him the ability to provide diet analysis, diet programming, supplement prescription, and specialization in sports nutrition and anti-aging nutrition. His second master’s degree in Human Movement/Corrective Exercise Training bridges the gap between the professions of personal training, athletic training, and physical therapy. He teaches research proven human movement, injury prevention, and training principles. He continually stays on top of research and programming options in the field. All Brian’s programs and prescriptions are based on cutting-edge, research proven techniques.
Brian’s certifications include:
- National Strength and Conditioning Association: CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine: PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine: CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine: Golf Enhancement Specialist
- American College of Sports Medicine: Health Fitness Instructor
- ACE: Personal Trainer
- USA Cycling: Coach
- Thai Massage Certified
- Advanced Reiki Practitioner
- Stott Pilates Instructor
- Meditation and Sports Imagery Expert
- American Red Cross: CPR certified.
More about Brian
Brian’s career in fitness and nutrition began over 20 years ago. After graduating from Chapman University, where he was an athletic trainer and human performance lab technician, he came back to Chicago to help build the first premier personal training business in the country. That business, First Fitness, Inc., grew to have over 60 trainers. Brian was instrumental in the initial success of that business. After several years at First Fitness, Inc., Brian began his own training and coaching company. The change allowed Brian to focus on building a business that really focused on the clients needs and goals. It also allowed him to continue his educational goals of acquiring two separate masters degree’s within the field of training and nutrition.
Brian has worked at the Chicago Medical School, teaching first year medical students the importance of proper nutrition and exercise when having a private practice. The program involved teaching the students the basics of nutrition and fitness, and how to assess an individual for baseline information on nutrition and fitness status. At the school he also developed and taught a 12 week exercise and nutrition program for the professors.
He also worked at the medical school as part of the nationally recognized Committed to Kids program for obese children and their families. The program consisted of educating the parents and children on the benefits of not only exercise, but proper nutrition. The children, and their parents, were taught the benefits of proper nutrition, and exercise. The Committed to Kids program involved the parents, as well as clinical psychologists, to help with the needs of the children and parents.
Brian is also a professor of Sports Nutrition, at Arizona School of Health Sciences. He hopes to someday teach full time at the masters degree level.
Brian’s personal achievements as an athlete have given him insight into the needs of many athletes. Brian transitioned from an expert motocross racer to the elite category 1 of mountain bike racing, and then to elite category 1 road cyclist. He has won many state and regional championships. He earned the recognition of being the American Bicycle Racing’s (ABR) Illinois Cyclist of the Year 1997, 1998, 1999, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In the year 2011 he was named the “Fastest Rider of the Year”. He has won several mountain bike state championship races, as well as other age group and category victories. He has also been the USA Cycling’s and ABR’s Illinois State Champion for both road race and time trial several times (40K time trial personal best of 51:38). Brian has also won the overall championship for the Mid-America Time Trial series for category 1, six times, and the master’s elite level several times. He continues to race at a high level today, and is very competitive at the highest level of racing in both mountain and road bike competitions.
Prior to his career as a competitive cyclist, he was a competitive athlete in many other sports including short and long-distance running, and was won many running races and duathlons (has run 15:15 minute 5k, 30:45 minute 10k, 73:13 half marathon, and a best 2:40 marathon); duathlon and triathlon (nationally ranked duathlete); bodybuilding; and downhill skiing (raced competitively in Colorado for two years).
Brian’s second start-up business, Athlete’s MindCoach, LLC specializes in mental strategies for human performance. The company has mental skills training programs designed for athletes. The one-of-a-kind peak performance programs bring together mental imagery and mental skill training techniques that will help you develop a strong mind/body connection. The programs will help the athlete develop the mental readiness and mental toughness needed to succeed in training and competition. They will allow you to overcome the mental obstacles that can hinder success, turning your potential into successful performances.
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rangel
Harris Training Systems, LLC hires other staff when needed for specific work and has other trainers/coaches that are subcontracted for specific needs. These includes coaches, athletic trainers, massage therapists, yoga instructors, pilates instructors, physical therapists, dietitians, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, sports medicine physicians, and medical referrals.