Shortly after the sun comes up on Northwest Indiana, Michael Sena opens the doors of his Pro-Fit training facility in Dyer, eager to start his day. On the outside, he looks like a guy who has everything going for him – a great physique, an unsurpassed confidence and a healthy attitude. Yet, on the inside, he is a 52 year old man dealing with the aches and pains of many.
“As a former athlete, I’m as banged up as they come,” chuckles Sena. “I most certainly have empathy for other guys my age who are getting older and starting to feel life catch up with them.”
Yet, perhaps the difference between Sena and a good portion of the male population is that he has made it his life’s mission to educate himself and other men on the importance of maintaining good health via a mix of exercise, nutrition and well-being. “I have my blood checked every six months and I go to my doctor for yearly checkups and evaluations,” explains Sena, who has worked within the health and fitness field for over thirty years.
In fact, Sena has made it his mission to educate as many men as he can regarding the health risks that growing old can face them with, and how they can combat those risks. The statistics are, indeed, staggering. 95% of all illnesses are preventable, if caught early. 80% of men can lessen the disease process by taking better care of themselves throughout their middle age.
“It’s never too late,” says Sena, who opened his Dyer facility in October of 2011. “I think the problem for many men is that they go to one of these big box exercise facilities, and literally don’t know what to do first. Fitness needs to not only be age specific, but gender specific.”
Indeed, take a man and woman’s cardiovascular conditions. Sena says as men get older, the overall health of their cardiovascular system is crucial. “If a man’s circulatory system is not moving as it should, nothing is going to move correctly,” says Sena. “Once they get moving, everything will improve…even their sleep. It’s about making life changes on a three legged stool that includes exercise, nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching. We often say, it’s not just about what you look like on the outside, as much as it is about how healthy you are on the inside.”
With each Pro-Fit trainer never working with more than four clients at a time, Sena says that men especially need the attention in which his facility provides. “Every new client starts here with a full health and fitness assessment,” says Sena, who has been voted in as one of the “Top 100 Trainers in America” by Men’s Journal magazine. “Food can be a very addictive drug, so it’s important to teach our male clients that life can still be treated as a celebration. Yet, watching how they choose to celebrate 5 to 6 days out of the week is going to help them get out from behind that eight ball, and get back on track of achieving an energetic and disease free life.”