I am Zach Kotecki, 24, head personal trainer at Iron Valley Barbell, Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated from Concordia University Chicago in 2016 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science & Fitness Management. I have 2 nationally known certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association; NSCA-CPT, and TSAC-F. I also am a Verified Contributor for Indy Fitness Magazine and a Content Producer for Ironvalleybarbell.net. I’ve been personal training since 2015 and recently moved to the Indianapolis area back in April of 2017. I have been studying and learning under IVB gym owner and elite powerlifter, Zach Homol for a little over 2 years now and continue to learn and further my knowledge each and every day.
My background is in athletics. I was a high school varsity baseball starter for 4 years, 2-year varsity captain for baseball and 1 year for varsity basketball. I have also gone on to coach for both sports at Illinois Lutheran High School in Crete, IL where I attended upon graduating. Between my playing days and coaching years, I have 4 Regional Titles, 1 Sectional Title, a Super-Sectional appearance and helped coach the 2016 State Championship team, all for baseball.
Unfortunately, my playing days were cut short due to a c3 fracture in my neck Junior year but my passion for sports and helping others has not gone away. I now use the knowledge I have acquired over the years of playing, coaching and studying the game to train athletes to become stronger, faster and more versatile. I believe each person/athlete should be well rounded in all aspects of his/her sport/life and do so in a manner that is not harmful to the body. Outside of training I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching the game or catching up on some personal development books or podcasts.
I love personal training because you get to be someones escape. You become more than their trainer. You get to personally know your clients and help them become better each time they see you, not only in the gym but also in life as they build up self confidence and chase their goals in and out of the gym! This job is unbelievable rewarding day in and day out.