Kennett Washington is dedicated to his work, compassionate, and understanding with his clients. Knowing the important values and benefits of a healthy life style has molded Kennett into Charlotte’s top personal trainer. Kennett has been featured in several of the tri-regions magazines including Steele Jungle, Natural Muscle, and Southern Muscle. As a guest columnist writer for the Lancaster News Paper, he continues to share his knowledge as the local fitness expert. As an employee during the mid to late 90’s, he worked at several of the health and fitness clubs in the metropolitan area. It was during this time that he realized that most clients were not receiving the true benefits, results and achieving their optimal potential from personal training.
Kennett knew that clients needed to understand fitness and program design. His goal has been to educate them by helping them understand a specific and complete program breakdown that helps them to understand their body and the basic physiology functions. Healing Strength breaks this concept down for all clients in simple terms and very easy to follow steps. Following this approach, Kennett has had a major impact on helping change clients’ lives forever. This vital approach has helped clients achieve tremendous weight loss goals. Specifically designed programs have time and time again yielded the results of fat loss or quality gains of lean muscle tissue. These are just some of the awesome benefits clients receive from one of Kennett’s training programs. Part of Kennett’s goal is to teach clients how to train their systems to respond to a proper individualized program, which allows optimal results and overall benefits to their health. Thus began the journey of “Medicine is Now in Fitness.”
Kennett values the art of discipline. With this level of discipline Kennett currently competes on the competitive and elite circuit of the National Gym Association(NGA) of Natural Bodybuilding, as a 2005-2008 NGA Pro-Qualifier and National Qualifying finalist. Since the year of 2010 Kennett currently ranks as one of the top NGA Pro Bodybuilders within the southeast region. This status and disciplined life style has helped Kennett improve his own performance, both on the stage as a bodybuilding athlete and in the dojo as a martial arts student.
As a National Academy of Sports and Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, Kennett has an extensive background in the study of the human body movement and performance. Kennett continues his studies through N.A.S.M. by attending continuing education courses and seminars. He has earned his Associates in Science degree through the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
Kennett is also one of Charlotte’s few active students under Greg Cook’s Functional Movement System (FMS). Kennett is a Functional Movement Screen/FMS Specialist. One of his primary objectives as a FMS Specialist is to access mobility and stability within a clients fundamental movement patterns. He is trained to screen for poor movement patterns, muscle imbalances and poor range of motion and limitations within the Kinetic chain (Nervous, Muscular & Skeletal System).
As a NGA professional natural bodybuilder, Kennett has mastered the specialty in nutritional design and body transformation weight loss programs. Proper nutrition is significant in developing proper training techniques such as balance training, speed, endurance, strength training, power training, self-motivation, and improved self-esteem.
Healing Strength Personal Training’s goal and focus is to help clients become aware and educate them on correcting their improper balances of the kinetic chain as a whole. Understanding this functional concept has helped Kennett transform many clients’ lives. As a student under Jeff Martone, Kennett is also a Tactical Athlete and is certified as a Crossfit Kettlebell Instructor. Kennett leverages the principals and methods of Jeff & Crossfit to teach and help educate himself as well as others about the importance of functional training.
Kennett has been an elite athlete most of his young and all of his entire adult life. His roots of physical fitness grounded him very early in his career as an outstanding champion with Folk, Free, & Greco Roman Style Wrestling. As a martial arts student he has earned two black belts in two different styles of martial arts. One under Shihan Kenneth White at Kenaki Karate in Indian Land SC & his second study of the art is his home where he forever is continuing the study as a black belt student of Traditional Japanese-Okinawa & Korean Martial Arts under Hanshi James White at Universal Karate Studios in Lancaster SC. Kennett continues to leverage and evolve his functional background training with MMA instructors such as Hallie (Snake) Hair under Team Roc/Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu & he currently trains as a MMA athlete with John (John Savage) Latu at Shock Factor MMA. Kennett’s desire to master the art of discipline has been key to his success and helped him enhanced his knowledge as a professional trainer and expert in the health and fitness industry.
To have many of these tools as a Corrective Exercise Specialist has helped Kennett train and develop unique relationships with semi-professional, professional and Canadian football athletes, as well as pro bodybuilders, elite martial artists, tri athletes and collegiate athletes in achieving their optimum performance. Along his journey he’s developed lasting working relationships with licensed Chiropractors and Myotherapists within the Charlotte-Metropolitan area. He extends his knowledge to others in the general public by giving health seminars during which he speaks on the significance of nutrition, proper weight loss programs, and correcting the improper balances of the kinetic chain.
Kennett understands and is devoted to helping clients develop in any and every specific fitness goal possible. Kennett’s slogan “Medicine is Now in Fitness” is defined as this: many people workout but very few know how to properly train. The nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems are three powerful systems. If trained properly, clients can maximize their results; decrease their chance of injury, and help to prevent certain illnesses. The medicine is in the training and nutrition, and this alone can bring you total health and wellness by way of keeping you physically fit and healthy for a longevity life.
Santario Ratchford is a formal U.S. military veteran he has a passion for exercise and fitness. He believes weight training, a healthy diet and cardio exercise are key components to a healthier lifestyle. He grew up as an active athlete basketball was his sport of choice. He excelled in basketball as a youth and high school athlete. After high school, Santario enlisted into the U.S. Navy and served 4 years while traveling around the world. After leaving the military he then took his skills into Corporate America working with Wells Fargo and other finical institution. After years in the banking business Santario still knew he had a love for fitness and he had maintained his athletics physic and his fitness life style from high school and during the time he was active in the U.S. Navy. It was then he realized the he had the gift and talent to help others who wanted to achieve a healthier fitness lifestyle who wasn’t achieving it alone. Santario knew he had the right tools. It was then when he took things to a different level and started reading more about the body, along with better ways of organic nutrition, cardiovascular exercise and studying how resistant exercise changes the physiology of human muscle. Combining this self study & knowledge he enrolled into the W.I.T.S. personal training program to start his career as a personal trainer. Santario’s passion and knowledge to help others shows in his work as he has been a key factor in helping HSPT client reach and achieve their health and fitness goals for life.
Darian Gartrell is a native of Charlotte NC and brings a very positive and optimistic attitude to Healing Strength as an employee and personal trainer. His viral and positive energy can be seen and felt throughout as he works with clients who are a part of the HSPT family.
Exercise has always been an important part of Darian’s life. As a youth, Darian participated in various sports, such as basketball, football, cross country, and baseball. He witnessed first-hand the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle. He currently plays semipro basketball and continues to benefit from his own grueling workout regimen. He understands the importance of exercise in each client’s life. Darian works to inspire clients to improve their exercise and nutrition habits, which in turn, can lead to a happier and healthier life.
By earning his personal training certification through the W.I.T.S program, Darian felt that he could help others reach their fitness goals and attain a healthier lifestyle. Darian brings warmth and a smile to the HSPT team that signifies health. Darian’s motto, “A healthy mind and body make for an extraordinary life.”