Aaron began his career in fitness as a personal trainer in 1997. Beginning his competitive Okinawan Goju Ryu karate career at 11, followed by Muay Thai at 19, competitive amateur boxing at 25, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2009; Much of Aaron’s training style has been influenced by martial arts. Whether training an individual for competition, breaking up the monotony of the average gym-goer’s experience with dynamic pad work, or implementing the integrated training, and corrective exercise techniques used for his own career, Aaron brings a lifetime of passion and experience to every person he works with.
This passion has presented Aaron with several opportunities outside the gym walls. Teaming up with Everlast worldwide, Aaron has had the opportunity to develop, and implement programming for a diverse crowd. Aaron has traveled to several cities around the country to present MMACS style programming for the Pro Camps organization catering to youth athletes with celebrity focal points such as; Reggie Bush, Arian Foster, Carmelo Anthony, and Justin Tuck.
Through Aaron’s extensive experience with competition, and involvement in the world of fitness, he has learned that there is always room to grow, and learn. His passion for training and teaching greatly and accurately reflects this.
A combination of Southern charm and a passion for health and fitness education has made Rick a premier personality in the fitness industry. He is a national and international speaker, providing solid evidenced based education for personal fitness trainers, sports medicine practitioners, and strength and conditioning coaches to better assess clients, prevent injury, enhance performance, and reach goals for their clientele. Rick is the owner of Independent Training Spot in NYC, where he provides personal training, wellness coaching and orthopedic massage. He is a senior faculty instructor for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and adjunct faculty at the California University of Pennsylvania: Exercise Science and Sports Studies undergraduate and graduate programs. Rick has worked with numerous film and television personalities, fashion models, professional athletes, and traditional clients to help reach their goals. He has his undergraduate education from the University of North Alabama, and his Master’s in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Swedish Institute of Health Sciences for Massage Therapy in NYC.
“I’ve trained with a lot of “Hollywood” elite trainers. Top of the line guys who I’ve been referred to by directors and producers. Being in shape is important for my job; my body is my medium, and I take it seriously. When I found Aaron, it was like “Oh, cool. This is my guy. I’m done searching”. His knowledge and experience run so deep that I find I become hungry for more. We (who train with him) know Aaron is simply in a different place from any other trainer we’ve worked with. When you commit with him, and to yourself, the results are obvious. So we do. It becomes pretty easy to shift your priorities around and see your body differently when Aaron is able to influence you. This guy is an all-inclusive powerhouse.”
"I have never been as fit in my life as I was after training with Rick....I truly believe my condition, my physical look, and how I felt was at its’ all time best."
"After working with Mr. Richey, I feel like I have been hit by a boeing 747. But now, when I hit others, they feel the same way."