MAT™Rx Foot and Hand Specialist, Specialist Program Instructor & Jumpstart Instructor
Aaron Lakanen is a dedicated and passionate fitness professional, entering the field in 1999. He has spent his entire career learning more about the human body, the greatest creation, to best serve his clients and students in their desire to seek optimal function and performance.
Beginning his career in Minnesota as a trainer, he was quickly exposed to great educators and information in the fitness industry. One of the people he met was Tom Purvis, who directed his students to study MAT™, as he believed it was the future of the fitness industry. As his career developed, he was recruited to work in Cincinnati, Ohio as an educator and manager for fitness pioneer Bob Esquerre. Bob met Aaron at a workshop and discovered his talents as an educator. Under Bob’s guidance, Aaron started teaching workshops focused on biomechanics and exercise at a regional and national level.
At the same time, Aaron developed and implemented a personal training model for a sports club chain in the Midwest, teaching managers to run their personal training department as a profitable business unit.
In 2005, Aaron met Greg Roskopf at the MAT™ Internship in Columbus, Ohio, and the missing link he was seeking in his fitness practice was finally found. Successfully integrating MAT™ into his existing fitness practice, he sought out further education in the MAT™ Paradigm.
After becoming a MAT™ Mastery Level Specialist and excelling with his personal practice, he sought out being an educator for MAT™ as he wanted to be able to pass on the skill-set to others. His fitness industry experience as a trainer, educator, business developer, and collegiate track and field coach, allow his thought provoking workshops to immediately enhance the skill-set of attendees.
He runs his practice as the Operating Partner of NRG Fitness, in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Muscle Activation Techniques™ Rx Foot and Hand & Master Specialist and Resistance Training Master Specialist. His client base stretches from young to old, with a mission of facilitating lifelong wellness and pain-free movement in his clients.
In his time away from work, Aaron has a lovely wife, Shannon, daughter Gemma, and crazy dog Samson. Actively involved in his church and community he spends time enjoying creation enjoying nature as an avid cyclist and hunter. He also supports several junior organizations and individuals by providing MAT™ services.