TROY — David Scott’s dream has gone national.
Whether it is as the owner and operator of Hybrid Strength & Fitness in Troy or as a registered nurse specializing in trauma critical care nursing, Scott wants to help people.
“I have the best jobs in the world … either personal training clients or taking care of the sickest of the sick, I literally impact someone’s life every day,” Scott said. “It’s pretty cool.”
And now, thanks to a cover story on a national fitness magazine, the rest of the United States is finding out what many local fitness enthusiasts already knew about the 1996 Troy High School graduate. Scott appears on the cover of the August 2017 edition of John Parrillo’s Performance Press, a magazine specializing in fitness and nutrition, distributed mainly to gyms across the country.
“You have to submit photos and a short paragraph saying why you should be chosen (to be featured),” Scott said. “They thought I had a great story, so they chose me.”
Scott’s story included him purchasing Hybrid Strength & Fitness — formerly known as Troy Strength — and molding it into his own image. Scott said he wanted the gym — located at 623 S. Clay St. in Troy — to have a family atmosphere.
“Our focus here is camaraderie and teamwork,” Scott said. “We want everyone who joins to help and assist one another. We want them to respect one another. Our focus areas are strength, power and function. Those are our three philosophies here. I like the old-school vibe we have here.”
Scott’s own fitness story also should serve as an inspiration to others. Now 39, Scott said he didn’t get serious about fitness until he was 27 years old, as his hectic nursing schedule often didn’t allow him time to work out. He started out working out with personal trainer Jay Luis at the Miami County YMCA and quickly fell in love with sculpting his body and increasing his fitness level.
His passion would continue to grow; three years ago he made the decision to purchase the gym — impressive, considering he has kept his full-time jobs as a registered nurse at both Kettering Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center.
“I work two 12-hour shifts at Kettering and then I work one or two eight-hour shifts at Upper Valley,” he said. “I do a lot of bouncing back and forth. I’ve definitely improved my time management skills.”
He said his life is made easier by the support of Kathy, his wife and 21 years, his daughter Sydni, a senior at Miami East High School, and his son Nathan, a freshman at Miami East.
“My wife Kathy is very involved in helping me stay focused,” Scott said. “We’ve been together for 21 years now and I couldn’t have done any of this without her. My family has been very supportive of me this entire time.”
Scott said his staff at Hybrid Strength & Fitness — which includes trainers Luis, Justin Stewart, Hewe McNelly and Heather Cudd — also make things run smoothly.
“I’ve had a great supporting cast who believe in what I’m trying to build here,” he said.
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