My name is Neal Hallinan.
I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
I am also currently the only Postural Restoration Trained professional in the state of New Jersey.
However, judging by the pace at which Postural Restoration is being adopted by physical therapists and integrated by strength and conditioning coaches in professional and collegiate sports, that may not last long.
How I Became a Trainer
Having participated in athletics all my life up until college, things changed dramatically when I entered college. I went from highly active to a mostly sedentary lifestyle. Although I still weight trained, I was no longer playing sports. I was no longer moving. My body suffered as a result.
Years of inactivity and sitting at a desk had produced bodily dysfunction. I experienced debilitating pain in my feet, lower back and neck. I felt stiff.
I was a physical wreck.
One day in 2005 I happened upon a book that spoke specifically about how a lack of hip mobility can effect the entire body. Within a few months, much of my pain had gone away. I was able to start living again.
I continued my self-education and realized I could use my experiences to help others in similar situations.
I’ve been teaching people how to train effectively for over 9 years. I’ve helped them build muscle, lose fat, move better, rid themselves of back, knee, and shoulder pain, and realize improvements in overall life satisfaction.
Now I spend most of my time doing PRI sessions or traditional training based on PRI principles.
I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in History.
I earned my first trainer certification through ACE, the American Council on Exercise, and then quickly earned the designation of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, the most respected certification in the fitness world. The CSCS allows someone to work with high school, college, and pro athletes as well as the general population.
In January of 2017 I was invited to Lincoln, Nebraska to go through the credentialing process of the Postural Restoration Institute. Earning the PRT credential is something I’m quite proud of since PRI concepts are greatly influencing how both strength and conditioning and physical therapy are being conducted at the highest levels.
“The PRI mission is to explore and correct postural adaptations and asymmetries that influence the human body, and how they factor into movement dysfunction and pain”.
Getting someone out of these postural adaptations, essentially “unlocking” them from faulty positions and movement patterns, can have dramatic impact upon exercise performance, pain, and general feelings of well-being.
Novus fitness serves the surrounding towns: Clifton, Kearny, North Arlington, Bloomfield, Montclair, West Orange, South Orange, Paterson, Newark, Nutley
500 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, New Jersey 07071