Specialties: Functional analysis. Pre/post rehabilitation. Postural analysis and correction. Motivation. Parkinson’s disease. Weight loss and control. Increasing endurance. Optimizing strength. Natural osteoporosis prevention and reversal. Increasing energy and energetic balance. Nutrition and food planning. Disease control. Pre Post Natal, Corporate wellness.
- Over 40,000 hours personal training experience.
- Advanced Certified Personal Trainer—National Academy of Sports Medicine.
- Accredited Fitness Therapist—National Fitness Therapy Association.
- Past Colorado Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Board of Directors.
- Eighteen national certifications in personal training and nutrition.
- Three-time American record-breaking power lifter—Lifetime Drug Free (PURE).
- Colorado power lifting champion and record-breaker in numerous events (PURE).
- CPR and First Aid certifications for 15 years.
You and Sam:
With Sam, you laugh a lot. You’ll probably sweat, too, but you cheerfully find out where you are in space and how you move through it. And that becomes you.
Your vision clears. You see yourself anew, renewed, starting new. Fun example? Think of penguins. OK. Now—are they on the ice or in the water? What a difference! You can instantly see how differently they move in each environment. So, just reading about Sam Iannetta has already sparked your vision about movement. And Sam’s vision is sparked that same way the first time he sees you. He sees how you would be on ice or in water—or running, lifting, jumping or going from your triathlon to putting away your groceries. And that’s a great start because expanding vision, both yours and his, and seeing where you are, is a big part of how Sam works with you.
Now how about the rest of you? Getting together personally with Sam brings you into a close encounter with an imaginative power that will put you in the driver’s seat of an individual program rich with real-world results. That’s because Sam thinks it through just for you. You’ll quickly feel how his decades of experience, his keen observations, and his gift for innovation relieve you of years of unhelpful, perhaps even damaging, movement patterns. You actually start to think better. Imagine better. Move better. Be better. Then you become your own expert on how to live at your best and laugh off the rest. Yes, penguins may have some flying issues. But they swim sleek. And Sam sees the potential in everyone to swim sleekly through life.
As a rambunctious 11-year old, Sam was thrilled to buy his first weight set with his yard work earnings. Then he hurt himself unloading it. The lesson lasted, and he saw right from the start that he wanted to know how to start right. The guys at the Police Athletic League gym took him under their wing. Soon, not even the bigger kids at his school were as strong as Sam. They began asking him for advice, and by age 14, he took on his first personal training client.
Sam’s fervent curiosity kept driving him to know more about how the body works. His older brother was studying pre-med, and Sam dove into his anatomy books. This lit up for him how muscles and joints moved together, and that laid the foundation for what would later become his analysis-based system of optimal function in any arena of life.
Gaining new confidence in your own healthy biomechanics is one of the things you get from working with Sam. His analysis is unique. But in developing his system, Sam first had to break through much hide-bound conventional thought about strength and fitness. He had to prove it to himself. Feel it. So he found himself actually reverse-engineering every movement in the book. He began by asking basic questions that hadn’t occurred to others in the field. Questions such as: What’s that muscle made to do? How is that joint supposed to move? What keeps it healthy? So when a typical trainer might direct you to do bicep curls or chin-ups, Sam and his trainers might first ask you: Why are you doing that? And when you do it, what stabilizes you so you’re not wearing something out?
Sam hit on the reverse-engineering approach to biomechanics from one of the jobs he had after college. He was putting finely tuned valves through grueling tests. He marveled in discovering how quickly he could destroy things through forces of torque, twist, sheer, load and repetitive wear patterns—the same forces that destroy our bodies. In consulting with scientists at NASA, he innovated a new way to protect valves that snap shut at high speed. He later realized he could use this same scientific approach to protect bodies in motion, too.
Sam puts three decades of thought into your training. Enlivening yourself by putting Sam’s depth of experience and creativity on your side is like becoming your own masterpiece with a master trainer guiding your hand. To put this into perspective, consider Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule from his book, Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell’s survey reveals that it takes at least 10,000 hours to become expert in anything—then more to create something new. If you want to take your cello to Carnegie Hall, it’ll be 10,000 hours just to get through Julliard. Want to be one of the Beatles? Play 10,000 hours in the cave clubs of Hamburg, Germany. When Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger skimmed Flight 1549 safely down on the Hudson River, he had 19,000 hours of flight time. Sam Iannetta has over 40,000 hours of personal training experience.
Sam has sprung professional athletes up to new goals and bounced semi-pro couch potatoes off to new springs. He has conducted seminars for corporations and organizations in all areas of health and fitness. His continuing inventions of techniques, equipment and unique training programs have put him at the leading edge of innovators, soon-to-be patent holders, creators and, every once in a while, candlestick makers (not to mention janitors). Sam has held eighteen national certifications in personal training and nutrition and maintains only the best, including the National Academy of Sports Medicine, ACPT (Advanced Certified Personal Trainer) and National Fitness Therapy Association, Accredited Fitness Therapist. He has been CPR and First Aid Certified for more than 15 years. He is the father of three and revels in a playful embrace of life.
Lifestyle and Community Involvement:
More than an avid exercise enthusiast, Sam has broken the American power lifting record three times. In winning multiple Colorado power lifting championships, he has broken state records in many categories as well. He competes in the Lifetime Drug Free category (sometimes called PURE), and in many competitions Sam uses no supportive equipment. Throughout Sam’s life, he has enjoyed many sports, including, but definitely not limited to, football, baseball, wrestling, Ultimate Frisbee, boxing, martial arts, hiking, cycling, mountain biking (especially downhill), motorcycling, auto racing, boogie boarding and surfing (the small stuff).
In order to share his views on fitness and sport, Sam has donated his time to schools and government agencies, teaming with those who seek to recharge some of the policies regarding physical education for our young people. He served on the board of directors of the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness, a strictly volunteer group that promotes physical activity and exercise programs and sponsors youth events throughout the state.
Although you may hear the term “Functional Fitness” used elsewhere, it was Sam who originated the analysis system behind it. And it’s only Sam’s analysis and precise execution that can breathe life into an otherwise empty term and make fitness truly functional. That’s because Sam has seen that it’s the essence of “Life” itself, particularly your life and how you live it, that is the genius of the system. He has discovered that by using everyday life movements, he and his trainers can analyze skeletal position, muscular discrepancies and movement patterns to determine what is moving properly and improperly. We all have our quirks. But Sam’s analysis sorts them out just for you. Then he and his trainers create exercise programs that truly change the way you move and set you on the path to pain-free fitness. So, your own personal analysis leads to your own program that then builds greater strength, flexibility, stability and balance, naturally, from your own movements.
Often, movement problems are the root cause of many physical and emotional ailments. You may be like the many clients who have come to Functional Fitness and have seen issues like these disappear: depression, joint aches and pains, postural issues, symptoms of fibromyalgia, loss of energy, back pain, headaches and migraines, just to name a few.
Sam’s way of dealing with these disorders is many-fold. He’ll show you so many ways to work your kinks out that they won’t be able to keep up with you. But your smiles will. His specialty is creating exceptional workouts that correct core movement problems and move you through space in the healthiest, most joyful way, all while increasing your strength and decreasing your risks of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. He gets to the source of the problem, not just the symptom. And he does it in the buoyant atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie that is the community spirit of Functional Fitness.
So, whether you want to manage a pack on your way up Everest or manage your weight and energy on your way through a healthy happy life, get with the guy who knows how to fix you up—long term. Maybe Sam’s mother said it best about what a natural he is. She said: “I’d give Sam broken toys. He’d play with broken toys till they weren’t broken anymore.”
You’ll see how to link up your own best image of yourself with Sam’s vision of you living happily, unbroken, in optimal health. No matter what kind of shape you might be in, no matter what goals or injuries or conditions you might have, Sam sees how to help you break through and move to one new level after the next. So, now, think of cheetahs, or maybe wombats? No—make it dolphins. Go for the sleek. Send out your sonar to Sam.