Cortez Cross discovered his passion for weight training when he was 17 years old. After earning his personal training certification through the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) he wanted to help other people achieve their fitness goals. As an overweight child, who struggled with health and self-image, he was able to relate to his clients’ needs. Improving body composition and overall health became his ultimate goal. Bodybuilding was his source of motivation. Cortez went on to successfully compete in three natural bodybuilding competitions earning third in the Ironman, second in Mid-State Classic and again second in the Ironman.
His further interest in healthy lifestyle choices led him to complete the Poliquin Biosignature Level 1 certification. After initially being exposed to Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST), he realized the impact it could have on his clients flexibility and reducing chronic pain. Cortez uses FST daily with his clients and is a Stretch To Win certified level 2 therapist. Cortez has also attended several Olympic lifting seminars taught by California Strength and Eleiko.