World Powerlifting Champion Clinton Muhammad has learned how to take care of himself physically and stay in peak condition over the years. Now, as a certified personal trainer at Bay Area Family Fitness Center in Pleasanton, Clinton, 55, is helping others to stay in shape too.
At 5’8” and 210 pounds of solid muscle, this powerfully-built veteran of the iron game knows what he is talking about when he shows his clients the ins and outs of fitness and strength training. He also knows that his imposing physique might be intimidating to some people, but the soft-spoken goliath quickly soothes even the most apprehensive clients with his gentle demeanor.
Currently a Livermore resident, Clinton is a San Francisco native and graduated from Galileo Academy of Science & Technology where he participated in basketball and weightlifting. “My favorite subject was art,” remembers Clinton, “because it allowed me a medium in which to express myself.”
He went on to graduate from the University of Phoenix with a BS in Human Services Management.
As a young man Clinton was inspired by fitness legend Jack Lalanne, the Godfather of Fitness – also a San Francisco native – and is a strong proponent of one of Jack’s earliest “LaLanneisms:” Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out.
“It’s true you know,” says Clinton. “And I have clients to prove it!”
But, it was several years before Clinton would begin teaching fitness to others like Jack. “Before becoming a trainer I was a 6 color 40′ printing press operator,” he says.
What he doesn’t say is that he was also lifting weights – HEAVY weights – on the way to becoming a masters world champion in the bench press with a top lift of 589.7 pounds at a body weight of just 226 pounds! That’s a lot of iron! He also holds the state and American record in the bench press and the American record in the deadlift.
A recent widower, Clinton is a single parent to sons Darius and Clinton, Jr., and tries to educate them on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle just like he does his clients. He understands that everyone may not want to achieve the level of physical development and prowess that he has achieved in powerlifting, but everyone – at any age – can benefit from a balanced fitness regimen including strength training.
Clinton’s favorite quotation appears on his FACEBOOK page and says a lot about his fitness philosophy. “Somewhere on the Serengeti plains in East Africa every morning a Gazelle wakes up knowing that it must run faster than the fastest Lion, or it will be eaten. At the same time, a Lion awakes and knows that it must run faster than the slowest Gazelle, or it will starve. It really doesn’t matter if you are a Lion or a Gazelle, but when the sun comes up you had better be hauling Ass!”
Primal, perhaps, but you get the message, don’t you? The man is serious about fitness and serious about helping others. Fitness is not a luxury to Clinton – it is a necessity.
Readers can contact Clinton Muhammad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 925-416-1100.
NOTE: Clinton Muhammad will be conducting a special 6-week clinic on How to Improve Your Bench Press. Details will be announced soon.