Welcome! I am a personal trainer and Parkinson's disease Exercise Specialist in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Fitness saved my life.
I founded Black Dog Fitness to help other people control their Black Dog - Depression and Anxiety. Fitness supports physical as well as mental health.
It works. I am living proof.
One-on-one is the most effective way to develop perfect form and have exceptional accountability.
With me in the Black Dog gym or via the internet from the comfort of your home.
Contact me for more rates and availability.
Black Dog Boxing is my online boxing fitness class.
If you have a punching bag and boxing gloves, let's put them to good use.
Live online 8:15 - 9:00 Eastern on Tuesday and Thursday or recorded any time.
Give it a shot. You will love it.
Exercise is the best therapy against Parkinson's disease. It is the only thing known to actually slow the disease and not just treat the symptoms.
I can help you take the fight to Parkinson's disease.
Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others.
Boxing training is one of the most intense and effective types of exercise you can get. Every muscle works as hard as it can to keep you in the fight.
Look like a fighter. Feel like a badass.
Live at 8:15 until 9:00 am Eastern but available for any time you want.
Give it a shot. You will love it.
“I have loved working out with Zach. He was a great, safe place to get started after several years. Zach Is a kind 'pusher'...he wants you to do your best, but is not going to demoralize a client in a workout. He has measurable goals, but does not make clients fell badly about themselves. Trust Zach and he will give you results. I cannot wait to train with Zach again."
“I've been getting amazing results with Zach. My best ever, honestly. I've worked out with several personal trainers in the past, and he is by far my favorite. Creative and fun, efficient, professional - highly recommended!”
"You have done me more good than any doctor ever did."
The World Health Organization put out a video version of the book I Had a Black Dog, by Mathew Johnstone (www.mathewjohnstone.com). The instant I saw this video, I realized that what I had been experiencing for most of my life was Depression. It was a life changing moment. I realized that the pain and torture I had been through had a name. And it wasn't my fault.
I also realized that fitness was my escape and daily therapy. Exercise helped me keep the Black Dog on a leash. Years of research has shown the validity of what I was doing. The chemical and psychological effects of exercise and fitness (confidence, interaction, accomplishment and even sunlight) do something to help you fight this disease.
I have experienced it first hand. I firmly believe that I would not be alive today without support, medication and regular exercise.
Despite feeling totally alone, I wasn't. Quite the opposite:
- 1 in 4 people will have an episode of depression before the age of 24.
-20 Million people in the US and 350 Million globally, have experienced either temporary or chronic depression.
I am in good company: Mark Twain, Harrison Ford, Winston Churchill, Dolly Parton and Hundreds of millions more .
Winston Churchill is believed to coin the term "Black Dog".
Exercise and improved fitness will reduce the frequency and severity of depression, anxiety and stress. It's weird, but it works.
The terrible irony is that getting going for a workout is hardest when you need it the most. The Dog holds you down. It isn't a one-time cure either. "Depressed? Bench Press your way to happiness!!" Nope. Just like you can't expect to run at Olympic speeds only at the Olympics. It takes time and training.
Exercise isn't magic but it has to be part of your life to work its magic. Let's talk. I have been to the edge (literally) and come back. Fitness is part fo the solution.