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Look better, feel stronger, and perform better in your second half than in your first!

And do it without making your life revolve around diet and exercise.

VIGOR Training is a complete fitness and nutrition program that helps you build muscle, shed excess body fat, feel more energetic, and improve your health and quality of life without making your nutrition and fitness the center of your life.

Know Exactly What to Do:
Professionally-Designed Workout Programs

These are not a bunch of random workouts put together for your entertainment. Each of the VIGOR Training programs is designed with a long-term plan in mind, where each month’s programming builds on the previous month and prepares you for the next month. This is called “periodization,” and it means your body and mind will never get bored while you make consistent improvements in body composition, strength, mobility, and overall fitness.

Get Encouragement and Support:
Direct and Group Messaging to Keep You On Track and Navigate Life’s Obstacles

You might workout on your own, but you’re never alone. As a member and client, you get access to our group messaging system and direct messaging with your coach. Not sure about your technique on an exercise? Record yourself and you’ll get feedback and pointers. Need to swap an exercise because your gym doesn’t have what you need? Just ask! Looking for tips on eating our or on eating more? Your fellow members, as is your coach, are always willing to share their wisdom.

Stay On Track With Good Habits:
Nutrition and Lifestyle Habit Tracking

We don’t want you weighing and measuring food and counting calories forever, but we want to ensure you’re eating enough protein. Your app includes a best-in-class nutrition tracking system, where you can ensure you’re eating enough protein to build muscle, shed body fat, and keep you feeling full so you never feel like you’re on a “diet.”

Everything you need in our easy-to-use VIGOR Training app.

Join the Program That Makes You Feel Younger, Stronger, and More Energetic

Without Consuming Your Life, Leaving You Hungry, or Costing You Thousands to Get Started

In 2017, a small group of friends asked me to put a workout program together. I decided that, if I were going to do so, I’d take my 20+ years of health and fitness experience and create a program that requires the least number of lifestyle changes, time out of your schedule, and mental energy, but that delivers consistent, superior results compared to the calorie-counting, cardio-focused, time-consuming programs promoted by most fitness “influencers.” A program based on my book, The 3 Pillars of VIGOR.

From that, VIGOR Training was born. Of that initial group, most are still members today, and our membership has grown to levels I would never have expected when I first created this program.

Now, it’s your opportunity to join and get fit, or sit on the sidelines and get sick(er).

My Name Is Tom, and I’m a No-Nonsense Fitness Professional

I’ll admit it: I can always think of other things I’d rather be doing when it’s time to workout. I don’t take time to meal prep on Sundays, I don’t eat every few hours, and I don’t count calories. And I don’t think you need to either.

When other fitness professionals talk about counting macros, spending hours on a treadmill, or working out every day, I roll my eyes and check out.

I’m only interested in leveraging my fitness program to make the rest of my life better, and that’s what I hope to do for you, too.

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I narrowed down the three most significant, synergistic habits that produce the greatest results for your short-term fitness and long-term health and longevity and built a program around them. I call them The 3 Pillars of VIGOR, and as long as you consistently use them in your life, you’ll become exceptionally fit and healthy.

For those who want to take things to another level, I’ll help guide you with supplements, other lifestyle hacks, and event or sport-based programming, but it all starts with The 3 Pillars of VIGOR.

As I often say, I want fitness to better your life, not become your life. I want the health and fitness you gain to make your work and family responsibilities easier, more effective, and more fulfilling.

After more than 20 years as a fitness professional, I know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. I also know that there’s a lot to life outside the gym and the kitchen, and I want you to live that life to its fullest.

I wouldn’t want you to waste my time, effort, or money, so I won’t waste yours.

Who is Vigor Training for?


  • Men and women willing to invest some time, effort, and money on their health
  • People who’ve tried other diets and fitness programs and gotten mediocre results
  • Retired endurance athletes and Crossfitters who no longer want to beat down their bodies
  • Seniors who wish to remain active and energetic
  • Personal trainers who are great about taking care of their clients, but who slack when it comes to their own fitness programs
  • Student-athletes or students who want to look and feel like athletes


  • People who are unwilling to learn or to be coached
  • People with “shiny object syndrome:” If you get distracted by the latest diet or fitness fad instead of finishing what you’ve started, this isn’t for yo
  • People who don’t want to learn how to get off the “best diet bandwagon”
  • People who want to operate solely within their comfort zones; who avoid change, hard work, or admitting their mistakes

As one of my online personal training clients, you’ll get…

  • Periodized training programs: Annual programming with 4-12 week training blocks based on specific fitness goals (i.e. strength, conditioning, lean mass, speed, power, etc.)
  • Exercise, set, rep prescriptions: Specified training variables to make ensure you get the results expected in each training session
  • Training history record: Sets and reps are saved after recording them for reference during future training sessions to help ensure you push yourself beyond past performances 
  • Video/written exercise demonstrations and instructions
  • Food tracking
  • Group messaging, training technique critiques, support, and encouragement
  • App syncing with Apple, Garmin, MyFitnessPal, and more
  • Ongoing 2-way messaging with me to answer personal fitness questions and provide support

Choose your program.

Programs are periodized and based on an annual plan so that you keep getting results and your body never gets bored. Once you get started, you can always move around to a different program if it fits your needs better.

Pick the program that sounds the best for you right now.

Each program is $49 per month.

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Most popular program for men

Build muscle you can see through a flannel shirt and strength and stamina to get the job done, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes. This is not for wimps.

  • 3-5 workouts per week, 50-70 minutes per session
  • Gym membership or full home gym required
  • Focus is on building muscle and strength first, with the secondary benefit of fat loss and improved stamina
  • Programming is ongoing, based on an annual calendar so you don’t need to change programs, the program changes over time for you.


Most popular program for women

Build conditioning and stamina that not only gets you leaner and fitter, it also helps you handle the stress and pressure of everyday life.

  • 4-5 workouts per week, 50-60 minutes per session
  • Gym membership or full home gym required
  • Focus is on building physical endurance and a lean physique first, and strength second, using mostly resistance training with some cardio
  • Programming is ongoing, based on an annual calendar so you don’t need to change programs, the program changes over time for you.

Intro to Resistance Training (IRT)

By using primarily machines, you’ll build strength and improve body composition while gaining an understanding of how your muscles should feel while training them. Plus, you’ll feel more confident about doing the movements correctly as the machines add an extra level of stability while guiding you through the proper range of motion.

  • Program length: 12 weeks
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Goals: Improved strength, mobility, and body composition
  • Workout frequency: 3 days per week
  • Equipment: Resistance machines, bodyweight, and cardio machines.

Genesis (Intro to Free Weights)

This program is what you need to get confident and comfortable performing the exercises most important for developing strength, mobility, and physical stamina.

You’ll gain strength, increase lean muscle mass, and look and feel younger than most young adults! Most clients who complete Genesis transition to either Vigorous or Resilient.

  • Program length: 12 weeks
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Goals: Improved strength, mobility, and body composition, while gaining proficiency in the major free-weight exercises used in more advanced programs.
  • Workout frequency: 4 days per week


For men and women who need to exercise, but must do so at home using only their bodyweight and bands

  • Program length: 12 weeks
  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Goals: Improved strength, mobility, and stamina
  • Workout frequency: 3 days per week
  • Equipment: Bands and bodyweight