Inspired by his own stay-at-home mom, who cared for her husband and four kids first, without managing to make enough time for herself, personal trainer Dustin Maher has devoted his life to helping moms help each other get into the best shape of their lives. Although he’s trained bodybuilders, athletes, and models, Dustin’s favorite clients are moms, partly because they often need him—and the “me time” of a workout—the most, and partly because he believes that good health for the entire family begins with a fit mom.
“When I inspire a mom to exercise smarter and change the foods that she buys for her family, her kids want to do what she is doing,” says Dustin. “So not only do I get to help the mother, but also the next generation–and, once in a while, the husband as well.”
A healthy, happy mom doesn’t just benefit her family—she supports her friends, too. Which is why Dustin is passionate about creating a community of like-minded moms helping each other on the journey towards mental, physical, and emotional health.
Often called “America’s trainer to moms”, Dustin owns and operates 10 fitness locations, has created 30 home workout DVDs, and has appeared on network television over 100 times. He is also the author of Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay Your Kids and creator of the documentary Fit Moms for Life: the Million Mom Movement.
Because he can’t personally train every mom in America who wants his help, Dustin is now helping his fellow trainers build their businesses and attract clients with his Fit Moms for Life certification and licensing programs, giving other trainers the very model that he used to create his thriving enterprise.
He is also pursuing his vision of creating a Million Mom Movement of mothers empowering mothers, with a goal to start 14,000 countrywide fitness support groups that will help moms connect with, motivate, train, and support each other. Why 14,000? It’s the same as the number of McDonald’s’ restaurants currently in America, and Dustin feels that getting healthy should be as accessible to America’s moms as fast food is in our society.
“Moms do so much for everyone else; they deserve to feel—and look—their best,” says Dustin. Think of FM4L as his way of saying, “Thanks, moms!”