Battreall, picture perfect fitness

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Featured, Health & Wellness

Published on September 21, 2011 with No Comments

Fitness and athleticism have always gone hand in hand with Buster Battreall. From the basketball court, to the runway and beaches around the country, living healthy and looking good have always been a priority for the northwest Indiana native. Now working as a personal trainer, it’s his job to pass his wisdom and techniques on to others in hopes of helping them achieve their fitness goals.

A standout athlete in high school, Battreall’s time in the limelight started at an early age, with people noticing his talent and leadership as far back as elementary school where he played on teams in the Portage Youth Basketball League.

Earning a starting position as a shooting guard and point guard for years on teams in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), Willowcreek Middle School and Portage High School, Battreall eventually moved onto college where he studied business for a year on an athletic scholarship at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa. Following his freshman year, Battreall intended on transferring to Indiana University in Bloomington when fate intervened during a shopping trip in downtown Chicago with his mother.

“My mom kept asking me to go to an open call for Ford Modeling and eventually I caved and went in. I was picked out of a group 10 to15 people. They were pretty impressed and asked me to take some photos and I sent them in for further review,” said Battreall.

Once accepted, they wanted me to get in even better shape and I had to take matters into my own hands in order to get the body they wanted. I was already in good shape because I was an athlete but it was slightly different. I had to prepare and train my body for ascetics instead of performance.”

According to Battreall, he had to train hard and diet harder in order to maintain his photogenic physique.

The discipline paid off. Battreall was awarded photo shoots in locations from New York to Miami, Los Angeles to Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He’s been featured in ads for businesses such as Seventeen Magazine, Sears and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Now he’s paying back. He is focusing his energies on his personal training. He still models in Chicago, where he’s doing live runway shows and other modeling events.

“It’s a dream job, I get to travel and I don’t have to work that hard, in the traditional sense, other than maintaining my appearance and keeping my physical fitness on point. You have to have a lot of self-discipline,” said Battreall.

Working as a personal trainer requires Battreall to have an extensive knowledge of the body, how it responds to varying methods of training and an understanding of how people’s goals coincide with each person’s genetic makeup (age, gender, medical history, etc.).

In order to get his certification as a personal trainer, Battreall took a course at Omni 41 Health & Fitness Connection in Schereville. Following the course, he had to take a written test and pass a practical exam in which he demonstrated basic exercises and how he would conduct them with clients.

As a personal trainer at Classic Bodyworks in Portage and Duneland Health & Wellness Center in Chesterton, Battreall’s clients range from high school athletes to older adults, although Battreall admits he prefers training athletes because he can relate to them easier.

Overall, regardless of who his client may be, Battreall enjoys helping people reach their fitness goals while being able to suit his lifestyle by staying active himself. He always encourages a dedicated and consistent workout regimen and a healthy diet coupled with lots of water. The hard part, he said, is finding ways to keep people motivated and to keep switching up the routine so they stay interested in it.

“Don’t be discouraged by minimal gains in strength or weight loss. It takes time to achieve the look or the results that you want. It’s a pretty typical, people’s frustration and lack of discipline. People expect overnight results, a quick fix. They don’t want to put in the hard work and dedication it takes to get the look they want,” said Battreall.

“I try to teach my clients the proper methods to help them reach their goals and instill in them the mentality they’ll need to achieve lasting success.”

Battreall trains clients on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but appointments times and days can be negotiated per request. For more information call 219-762-7277 or visit

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