My name is Philip Looney and I’m your ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Mat instructor in Columbia, SC. I work with people who want to lose weight, get fit, and make sustainable, realistic lifestyle changes that they can live with. I do this by helping people find a personalized exercise plan that works for their busy schedule, and by using education to empower people to make healthier choices.
Now, I wasn’t ALWAYS this way. I was never an athlete growing up – I was definitely more interested in reading, playing video games, or watching TV than playing sports. As I got older, this lifestyle continued. I got a job, got married – I was comfortable. Fat and happy! I had an attitude that I would eat whatever I wanted because if you’re going to die anyway, you might as well enjoy it. All the fried foods and sweet tea a southern boy could love.
This attitude along with a sedentary lifestyle saw me eventually tip the scales at 240+ pounds on a 6 foot frame. Each year, I was moving up a pant size.
It all changed for me in 2009, when my doctor told me I was in danger of having to go on blood pressure medicine and that I needed to lose the weight. I made a decision then and there that I was too young to be on blood pressure medicine if I could prevent it. Using a foundation of regular exercise and changes in eating habits, I lost the 40 pounds in about a year. I’ve kept the weight off ever since. My physicals now show that my blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and all other indicators of health are a complete 180 from when I was overweight.
Because my friends and family always ask me for help, I became a Certified Personal Trainer so I can use the correct training methods and tools to help the ones I love make these same changes. It hurts me to see people struggle with obesity and the related problems that come with it. Because of my personal experience, I firmly believe physical fitness and healthy living is a way of life that can benefit everyone!
My services and this blog are for those who want to make real, long lasting changes to their health. I look forward to helping you on your journey to healthier you!
Services I provide:
- Individualized Personal Training
- Small Group Training classes
- Pilates Mat Classes
A few facts about me:
- I’m a die-hard Carolina Panthers fan. I also support Tottenham Hotspur!
- I was born and raised in Columbia, SC. I’m what’s know as a “local.”
- I’ve had some great opportunities to travel the world and see places like India, South Africa, Turkey, and Ecuador!