Body Building Dream Leads To Training Business
By Derek Suomi // July 20, 2012
Overcomes Injury To Find New Career
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Sometimes when life closes the door on a dream it opens another.
In the case of Howard Wolfe of Melbourne, the owner of Hulk Flexx Fitness and Body Building, as one dream came to an end, another was just beginning.
Wolfe was introduced to exercise and weight training by his brother-in-law, Drew Farley, a personal trainer, as a teenager.
He began seriously pursuing a professional body building career in 1999.
Spending the next seven years applying the workout techniques and diet advice he acquired under Farley, Wolfe was ready to fulfill his dream of participating in a body building competition.
In 2007, he entered his first competition, the “Space Coast Championships,” taking first place in his division and finishing second overall in the competition.
“It was an awesome feeling to put so many years of work into body building and to win in my very first show,” Wolfe said.
The dream of becoming a professional body builder was becoming a reality for Wolfe.
In 2008, he entered the “NPC Steel World Bodybuilding Fitness & Figure Championships” in Alabama.
Placing third in two different divisions of the competition, Wolfe was primed for a professional body building career.
And 2009 was to be a big year for Wolfe.
Set to compete in the “Southern States Championships,” a win in his weight class would ensure his advancement to the professional ranks.
But seven weeks into preparing for the competition, calamity struck when Wolfe was injured.
“I wasn’t even working out at the time. I was just bending over to pick something up when I felt a strong, sharp pain in my back,” he said.
The pain quickly passed and Wolfe went to bed. During the night the pain came back and intensified, so much so that it sent him to the local emergency room.
Doctors would advise Wolfe that he had herniated his L-4, L-5 and S-1 discs in his back.
Due to the location of the injury Wolfe discovered that he would never be able to build up the muscle groups surrounding the injured discs, effectively ending his burgeoning body building career after just two years of competition.
After completing more than two years of rehabilitation for his injury, Wolfe is now back on his feet and going after a second dream.
He is now helping others achieve their fitness goals as a personal trainer in Melbourne.
“God has a plan for all of us” said Wolfe. “I’ve had an injury and I’ve overcome it.”
That perseverance is a trait Wolfe hopes to apply to his brand of personal training.
Wolfe’s Hulk Flexx Fitness & Body Building offers personal, one-on-one training instruction in an intimate, 600-square-foot gym in Melbourne.
Unlike many other trainers, Wolfe’s clients have his strict attention during workouts.
“My phone is turned off and the doors are closed for the entire training session,” he said. “My focus is totally on the client and helping them reach their goals.”
Equipped with state-of-the-art weights and machines, Wolfe also welcomes his clients to bring their children with them to the gym.
This is an added bonus for those that are looking to get healthy, but don’t have the luxury of someone to watch the kids.
“We have an office space where the kids are welcome to come and bring their own toys and play and the parents can feel comfortable knowing their kids are right there.”