Introducing Brendon Parks,
Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist & Founder of C-Suite Fitness
Brendon Parks has been working in the personal health industry for more than half his life. From his first job working at the front desk at a gym in high school to his first certification after graduating college in 2006, Brendon has witnessed and experienced firsthand the importance and difference of how focusing on fitness can positively affect someone’s life.
Upon making the personal realization that his outgoing and caring personality harmonized perfectly with his passion for helping others through fitness, Brendon decided to become a personal trainer. Committing to his chosen career path almost a decade ago, he has since found himself working together with his clients, currently ranging in age from 12-78, to change their lives every single day.
Growing up in an Italian household where the pasta and home-cooked meals were plentiful, Brendon found himself falling victim to low self-esteem, where despite playing sports growing up, his husky physique still played a significant and harsh role on his sense of self and lessened his confidence. After reaching a breaking point as a teenager, Brendon adopted the mentality and drive to work to become better than who he was yesterday.
Competing only against himself, fitness changed his life for the better. His intrinsic motivation and sole desire to change his life got him involved with fitness, but over time, his passion inevitably grew into his career. Today, he is dedicated to helping his clients achieve their personal goals.
Brendon holds the following certifications: AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), and NASM CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist). He was a Part-Owner/COO of Fitness Artist at 31 and has recently begun his next adventure in fitness, owning and operating his own company, C-Suite Fitness.
Brendon personally trains 5 days a week, pushing himself the same way he pushes his clients. When he is not training or working on his business, he can be found enjoying life with his wife, Kate, and their dog Zeus; and celebrating Sunday 'cheat days' together with chicken parm and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
"I believe strongly in practicing what you preach. I discipline myself in fitness. What I love about fitness is it's something that's bigger than you or I. It's this overarching concept that has the ability to make anyone a better person when applied weekly. It will make you more disciplined, you'll eat healthier, you'll build muscle, burn fat, increase energy, flexibility, balance, you'll learn to submit to something greater than you. If you only apply fitness or exercise when you FEEL like it....you won't see the results you're after and it hasn't CHANGED you yet.
Don't worry, stick with it, don't give up and it WILL. It changed me. Moreover, I love helping people. I love taking what I love and as if looking through a microscope, helping others see fitness as I do. Sometimes, and hopefully even further than my own idea...your own. Working out regularly increases heart health and pumps more blood out to your extremities. It increases brain function and the efficiency of your CNS (Central Nervous System). It will give you confidence, you'll stand up straighter, meet people's gaze. It will give you a reason to be proud of yourself."
Introducing Tara McCoy,
Executive Trainer, C-Suite Fitness
Tara McCoy is a certified personal trainer and wellness enthusiast currently based in Albany, NY. As a child growing up in Riverside, CT, Tara quickly discovered a passion for the outdoors, finding solace in hiking, canoeing, exploring the wilderness and more. Her affinity for nature has happily accented much of her life and has since been woven into approach to fitness; eager to both personally experience and share with clients the indescribable feeling of being simultaneously most energized and most at peace in the outdoors. Prior to dedicating her life to being a fitness professional, Tara worked as a social worker, vision therapist and school psychologist, with these experiences further influencing her to explore new ways to inspire and encourage others, especially children, to believe in themselves. Excited to apply her diverse training to continue making an impact on the lives of others, Tara’s heart grew even larger upon becoming a mother to an amazing son with a disability, revitalizing her irrefutable purpose to teach, motivate and build up others to be the best versions of themselves.
At age 28, Tara’s own values and guiding mantras were put to the test when she was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. For the first time, she herself faced discrimination and had to overcome stigmas, experienced medication toxicity and horrible side effects, was stripped of her driver's license, and was plagued by self-doubt, fear and low self-esteem. Always active by nature, even working part-time in her son's father's gym while adjusting to a new routine accompanied by her health condition, Tara experienced a breakthrough when she realized that while she may not be able to drive, she can bike. From this definitive moment of clarity, her newfound perspective led her to pushing her own limits once again and through hard work and determination, Tara began pursuing fitness in a freshly committed, conscious way.
With living a healthy lifestyle at the forefront of her focus, Tara ultimately learned how to not only effectively manage her condition without medication but also to exceed her own expectations and get behind the wheel of a car again. As exemplified through her work as a personal trainer, Tara is devoted to helping others identify ways to optimize their health and to reach performance goals regardless of conditions or limitations. The journey to betterment is a self-determined and personal one, and helping clients find their “why” has become Tara’s biggest driving force. From being transparent about her seizure disorder to inspiring those with disabilities and health conditions to overcome obstacles, Tara’s passion lies in using her experience, knowledge and training to best serve others and show how they already have the tools they need to live fully. When she is not working with her clients, Tara can be found indulging in lattes, sporting bright lipstick, enjoying walks at dusk and spending quality time with her son.