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I grew up in a small town in Middle Tennessee. Like most small towns in the south, there was little emphasis put on healthier living and eating. So, I struggled with my weight for my entire childhood and the vicious cycle continued even when I was in college. However, thanks to a high school friend and some misguided muscle magazine trial and errors, I began to familiarize myself with the gym and made attempts to try to eat healthier. Of course, there were many stumbles along the way and inconsistency keep my progress from continuing.

In 2000, I had a chance to travel to China for one year during college to teach oral English to Chinese high school students in Shenzhen. This job in Shenzhen allowed a lot of freedom and allowed me to be introduced to China's Gold's Gym. Shenzhen is the home of some of China's top bodybuilders and since I was a foreigner the bodybuilders were very welcoming and allowed me to join them in their workout sessions. With the help of the Chinese bodybuilders and Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia for Modern Bodybuilding, I gained muscle, lost fat, and gained confidence. By the time I returned from my one year teaching assignment, I had leaned down and many of my friends and family had to take double look because they did not recognize me.

In 2002, I finished is bachelor's degree in music and accepted a job as a elementary school music teacher. While I enjoyed the job, I found the entire load of the job to be very stressful. I stopped exercising for over eight months and my eating habits were horrible. By the time 2003 came around, my weight nearly topped 300 pounds! After not re-signing to teach and deciding to further my education, I joined a gym where martial arts was taught and I began to go back to the "meat and potatoes" of getting in shape, weight training, aerobic activity, and better eating. I have lived that ever since and want to share it with you!

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Personal Trainer / Fitness Professional Memphis, TN
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Helping people find consistent and effective exercise and nutrition that will accomplish their goals, sports performance, martial arts, reading, Memphis basketball.
Work Experience:
Institute of Human Performance, Intern, Boca Raton, FL.
Body Transformations, Owner, Personal Trainer, Memphis, TN
The University of Memphis Recreational Center, Personal Trainer, Memphis, TN
Rantou Fitness Studio, Personal Trainer, Memphis, TN
YMCA Floor Fitness Instructor, Fitness Instructor , Memphis, TN
Education:
Master’s of Sports Science in Sports Fitness and Sports Studies with emphasis in personal training, United States Sports Academy, Daphne, AL (pursuing)

Mentorship with Juan Carlos Santana and staff members of the Institute of Human Performance, Boca Raton, Florida (Summer, 2008)

Bachelors of Music in Music History, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Organizations / Affilations:
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor (December, 2008, expected completion)

American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer (August, 2008, expected completion)

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (August, 2008, expected completion)

International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Certified Fitness Trainer
Dexter Tenison is located in Memphis, TN and has the following skills: Personal Trainer / Fitness Professional
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It is my passion to help people find their desired destination of becoming more fit and healthy. Going through weight struggles during childhood and even in college helped me realize I needed to take control of my body. Through my painstaking research and trial and errors, I have discovered the real solution to taking control of one's body. In the process, I give all clients who have worked with me the simple, yet doable approach to losing body fat, improve health, and increase performance.
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Master’s of Sports Science in Sports Fitness and Sports Studies with emphasis in personal training, United States Sports Academy, Daphne, AL (pursuing) Mentorship with Juan Carlos Santana and staff members of the Institute of Human Performance, Boca Raton, Florida (Summer, 2008) Bachelors of Music in Music History, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Years Experience: 4