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PODCAST: rippedbody.com #17 – Andy Morgan

Published June 5th, 2017     In Categories: For Trainers, Podcasts, Press

“Welcome to this frank conversation with writer, speaker, strength and conditioning specialist, power lifter, and the owner of Push Private Fitness in LA, Chad Landers. Chad has been a ‘legit’ trainer to rock stars and Hollywood actors for over 24 years and throughout this interview you’ll find simple, actionable, no-nonsense advice, which is all too often absent from this area of the industry.”





48 Things

Published December 2nd, 2016     In Categories: Articles

On November 28th I turned 48 years old.


As strange as aging is, the beauty of it is that you learn a lot of things along the way. Here’s 48 things I think I know now, but I reserve the right to change my mind in the future.

1. Do something nice for others, without expecting anything in return. Repeat.

2. Sleep is the most ignored component of health and fitness. Get more.

3. Credit card debt is the spawn of Satan. Avoid it.

4. Being strong never gets old.

5. Stop trying so hard to impress other people.
Read more →

Audio Podcast: “Area Native ‘Push’ing Hollywood Clients”

Published November 21st, 2016     In Categories: Podcasts, Press


“Galesburg area native Chad Landers is the owner of PUSH Private Fitness in Hollywood. The R.O.V.A. High School and University of Illinois alum works as a personal trainer. Among his clientele is Sarah Hyland from “Modern Family” and Corbin Bleu from “High School Musical” & “Dancing With the Stars”. He has another “Hollywood” connection in his wife, Karen Baker Landers, who is a two-time Academy Award winner for sound editing. Chad talked with us on ‘Galesburg’s Morning News’.”

Click here to listen!

Chad’s article: Creating Company Culture

Published June 24th, 2016     In Categories: Press

Check out Chad’s article where he comments on creating company culture from the ground-up. A very informative post on staffing and best practices for the personal trainer.


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People.com: 73-Year-Old World Champion Weight Lifter

Published February 24th, 2016     In Categories: Press


Barbara Garmon began working out with her personal trainer Chad Landers when she was in her early 50s – and even though she’s now in her 70s she hasn’t stopped since. Read more!

Chad’s Interview with Dynamic Duo Training

Published February 24th, 2016     In Categories: For Trainers, Press, Uncategorized


Chad was recently interviewed about his story – the journey he has traversed to become a premiere Hollywood celebrity trainer. Check it out here!

Sarah Hyland Shows Off Chad’s Exclusive Fitness Routine

Published February 18th, 2016     In Categories: Press, Uncategorized


“I have dozens of exercises that I toss in and out of it to keep her from getting bored, and work things in different planes of motion,” says Landers. “Sarah is very dedicated. She really enjoys working out and pushing herself.” – Chad Landers

Chad’s expertise was recently featured on a People.com interview!

Click the link to read more!

The Curse of Success (Or, What Have You Done For Me Lately?)

Published March 3rd, 2015     In Categories: Articles, Ask Chad


In the 22 years I’ve called Los Angeles home, I’ve had the good fortune of being around some VERY successful people.

I’ve worked with multiple Oscar winners, Grammy winners, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and owners of multi-million dollar companies. My own WIFE even has two Oscars.

In knowing people who have literally been THE most successful people in their field, one thing has captivated me above all the others: How do they REPEAT success?

I’m most fascinated by this because of my own shortcomings in that area.

Take writing, for instance. I’ve written exactly 4 guest blogs in the last 2 plus years, and zero blogs since launching my own re-designed website over a year ago…Not exactly prolific writing.

I could blame the fact that I’m busy (who isn’t?), but we all know we are never too busy for something we want to do. So what’s been holding me back?

In part, I think it was the fact that all 4 guest blogs were pretty darned successful. Thousands of likes and shares, and 2 blogs being re-run on Yahoo.  Good stuff.

This modicum of success should have encouraged me to write day and night and put out a lot more content. But it didn’t. Why?

Which leads me back to my sub-title, “What Have You Done For Me Lately?”

No matter how popular or well received something is its relevance is fleeting.

We all have VERY short attention spans, (TL:DR anyone?).

I’ve learned that success is a process, not a place.

It sounds clichéd, but success, like life, “is a journey, not a destination.”

When we are young, we are all about the process of mastering something; perhaps a sport, or a musical instrument, or getting straight A’s.

And we work and we practice and we strive undaunted until we do, indeed, achieve the success we are looking for.

But for some of us, dangerous thoughts creep in. We start to define ourselves by that (now past) success, and we stop working and practicing and striving.

Or perhaps more insidiously, we think, “I’ll never be that successful again, so why even try?”

Which brings me back to my clients.

Once you’ve won an Oscar, or have a multi-Platinum selling album, how do you have the courage to go on, knowing you’ll likely NEVER be that successful again?

I’ve learned that truly successful people do not define themselves by their successes, but by their work.

They are musicians, not “Rock Hall of Famers”…they continue to make music because that’s who they are. They are filmmakers, not “Oscar winners”…. they continue to work in film because it’s what they do!

If I want to be a writer, I have to write, and I can’t be worried about the number of “Likes” or “Shares” I might get.

It works the same way in fitness. If you want to be 6% body fat or have a 300 lbs. bench press, you can’t worry about “what if I never get there”, because surely, you’ll be right.

You must give in to the process and understand that now matter how hard you strive, you may fail.

I am reminded of a favorite quote from President Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Who do you want to be?

[Image: Mike Licht]

Chad’s Interview with StrengthPortal.com

Published February 7th, 2015     In Categories: Articles, For Trainers



Chad was recently featured on StrengthPortal.com in an awesome interview.

Want to hear Chad’s secrets of client-retention, learn why mentors have been so crucial to him over the years, and much more?

Read more here.


[image by Stefans Vilcans]

MFF Best Life Radio Podcast

Published September 4th, 2014     In Categories: Podcasts



MFF Best Life Radio Podcast with Chad Landers


I’ve been getting some great feedback on this interview I did with Brian Patrick Murphy of Mark Fisher Fitness’ “Best Life Radio.” In this episode, listen as two grown men cry discussing their passion.