Biography - Nicholas S. Prukop, Founder & President, Happy, Healthy & Fit

With more than 20 years of professional experience in the health and fitness industry, Nick is one of the nation’s leading experts from the personal training
arena on the subject of healthy aging. He has worked with thousands of clients during his two decades as a trainer, and although they have ranged in age from 14 to 95, his focus has remained on the “baby boomer” demographic. A part of this group himself, Nick celebrated his own milestone 60th birthday last summer, and has refined the focus of his Happy, Healthy & Fit consulting practice to better serve the needs of this significant population. In addition to his individualized client programs, classes and workshops, Nick recently completed his first book on healthy aging, “On Turning 60: Defining My Life From Now On…A Personal Trainer’s View of Aging Healthfully,” and is in the process of identifying a publisher.

Nick is a certified fitness advisor through the American Council on Exercise, one of the nation’s premier certification and educational bodies and, in 2000, was selected as a Master Trainer by the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the world's leading membership organization of health and fitness professionals, with more than 21,000 members in 80 countries. A runner and athlete himself, he personally has engaged in the fitness lifestyle for more than 50 years since his youth on the island of Maui. Since beginning running in 1964, he has accumulated more than 60,000 miles and will continue this program for the foreseeable future.

Prior to founding his fitness practice in 1990, Nick spent 20 years as a corporate marketing and sales professional in both the consumer products and financial services industries. While serving as a senior manager in the savings and loan industry, he amassed a significant portfolio of assets based on long-term successful client relationships. This experience, in many, ways formed the basis for developing his personal training practice nearly two decades ago.

Nick also has a significant military background in both the U.S. Air Force and California Air National Guard. He was a Titan II Missile Combat Crew Commander responsible for a strategic missile complex and crew of four that was an integral part of the strategic defense of the United States. In the Guard, he served as the first commissioned race relations officer in the State of California and received his training at the Defense Race Relations Institute, Patrick AFB, Florida.

Nick earned his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and his BA from Syracuse University. He currently resides in Newport Beach, CA near his daughter and two-year old grandson. When he is not working with clients or spending time with his family, he is busy training for his 6-minute mile on his 80th birthday.

Certifications & Awards:
American Council on Exercise:
Certified Personal Trainer – 1992; Certified Lifestyle & Weight Mgt. Consultant – 1995
IDEA International Health & Fitness Association: Master Trainer - 2000

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