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  • JH Backcountry Health

Personal Training is Live!

Updated: May 3, 2023


We’re very excited to expand our health & wellness offerings through personal training with our NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Iain!


With a long history of training for mountain, endurance, and strength related pursuits, Iain has been working with us for months now and couldn’t be more excited to start helping clients achieve their fitness potential.


Whether you’re looking to improve your general fitness, lose weight, or climb a specific mountain like the Grand Teton or Denali, Iain is passionate about helping you achieve your dream goals and ready to stick with you every step of the way!


Iain is currently offering a free 30-minute assessment to discuss your goals & fitness history and perform a physical assessment in the gym, with the booking of at least one 60-minute personal training session. You can book your free consult here.


We’re also developing a performance package offering that will include both chiropractic visits and personal training sessions, to help you stay pain-free and healthy while getting fit for all of your activities – stay tuned!



Iain Kuo, Certified Personal Trainer

A Personal Note About Personal Training from Iain


Did you know that one of the primary reasons many people don’t stick to a training program long-term and never see lasting results is because they are working out too hard?


When I was a kid in high school on the cross country team, I hated running. I quit the team after a couple seasons and never ran again until many years later. These days, I love running, and I go for a run a few times a week. It took me a long time to realize why I disliked running when I was a kid full of energy with few responsibilities, but as an adult managing the responsibilities of a job, a partner, and paying the rent, I love to go running.


The reason I hated running back then is because I wasn’t well coached on the cross country team. The high school coach ran the workouts by making everyone on the team run at the same pace, for the same distance, which was set by the fastest kid on the team running out in front. As a result, I was constantly running at a pace I couldn’t sustain, falling behind with the other kids who were new to the sport, and I felt terrible the whole time. Naturally, I didn’t look forward to the workouts because they weren’t fun for me, so I didn’t stick with it.



Iain during the 2019 Grand Teton Half Marathon, the only road race he’s ever signed up for. Thanks to many hours training endurance for mountaineering and backcountry skiing (and actually enjoying running), he finished 26th out of 2,209 runners.

You may have experienced similar issues sticking with a group workout class or a stock training program online. These one-size-fits-all regimens can be fun for a while and may create some results, but they are prescribing the same exact program to many different people with different backgrounds, training history, injury history, and baseline fitness levels. Because they need to make sure everyone feels like they got a good workout in, these types of programs tend to be overly intense – so that everyone gets their butt kicked, whether you’ve been working out consistently for years or it’s your very first time trying to get in shape.


While intensity has its place in any training program, consistency is the key to achieving long-lasting results. You must do it often and you must stick with it over the long run to achieve your goals. You aren’t going to do anything consistently over weeks, months, or years if you don’t like it.


That’s where a personal trainer comes in. The workouts that make up your training plan should be specific to you, your fitness history, and your personal goals. These days, I run all the time at a pace that is fun for me (hint: slower). I’ve averaged more than 550 hours training annually – or more than 1.5 hours per day, 365 days per year – over the past few years, but not because I’m some fitness nut. It’s because it’s fun and I like it.


My training plan is tailored specifically to me, it’s enjoyable, and it’s taking me towards goals that I value highly. I’ve become a personal trainer because I want to help you achieve the same experience.


Reach out to me at iain@jhbackcountryhealth.com, or book online. I look forward to working with you!

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