Celebrity Personal Trainer New York City- Kevin Richardson, Founder Naturally Intense High Intensity Training
“The most sought out and respected personal trainer in ALL of New York City”
- CBS On the Couch
Celebrity New York City personal trainer Kevin Richardson is the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training and the founder of Manhattan’s Naturally Intense Personal Training Services. Currently the international fitness consultant for UNICEF, Kevin is also a highly prized guest speaker at corporate events, working with major international corporations to help improve the health of their employees with his time saving workouts. In a career that has spanned over quarter of a century, he has helped hundreds of clients achieve their fitness and weight-loss goals with his program of short-duration, high-intensity workouts.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Kevin grew up in a fitness-oriented family. He was a painfully thin child who preferred reading books – especially comic books – to playing sports, and often found himself the target of schoolyard bullies. The best way to stand up to them, he decided, was to be like the comic-book heroes he idolized, so he began martial arts training at the age of nine. As he became proficient in karate and ninjutsu, he was, indeed, better able to take care of himself. Unfortunately, while he could fight, he didn’t look like he could; he remained a scrawny kid who had to prove himself over and over. Eventually, he decided it wasn’t enough that he could fight like his comic-book heroes – he needed to look like them, too.
Following in the footsteps of his father, brother and cousin, he began training at age fourteen in natural bodybuilding, a branch of the sport that rejects performance-enhancing drugs. Frustrated that he was progressing slowly and that all the hours of weight training were taking time away from his martial arts studies, Kevin did what any nerdy kid would do: He began reading every book he could find about physiology and kinesiology (the study of human movement). Drawing on his marital arts training, which used brief, brutally intense movements to strengthen the body and mind, he began developing, through trial and error, a system of short, high-intensity workouts that helped transform him from a skinny, 125-pound teenager into a 225-pound natural bodybuilder. His 2005 DVD, Naturally Intense, was a one of the first documentaries ever made by a lifetime drug free bodybuilder. (Get a copy here)
A husband and father at age twenty, Kevin left the Caribbean for New York in search of a better life for his family. He found a second home at Brooklyn’s legendary Fifth Avenue Gym, which produced more natural bodybuilding champions than any other facility of its kind. For fifteen years, he worked by day in social services, running a recreational therapy program for people with AIDS and formerly homeless New Yorkers, and by night at the Fifth Avenue Gym, doing personal training.
Inspired by his own success, Kevin spent the first ten years of his personal training career refining the principles of high-intensity training and applying them to his clients. Committed to the scientific method, he set out not to prove but to disprove the effectiveness of ten-minute high-intensity workouts. It wasn’t enough that the system worked for him and his first set of clients; he wanted to determine if the results could be replicated consistently by a wide variety of individuals with a wide range of fitness levels and goals. And indeed, he found that Naturally Intense High-Intensity Training worked for men and women from their 20s to their 70s whether they were trying to lose weight, increase endurance, build muscle mass, enhance overall fitness, or develop a world-class physique.
In early 2009, at the depth of the last recession, Kevin took a leap of faith, leaving his job in social services to bring the Naturally Intense 10-Minute Workout to a larger audience. Headquartered in the Chelsea/Flatiron District, his personal-training business was honored with the Best of Manhattan Award in 2012, 2013,2014 and 2016. His clients have included actors, politicians, business executives, athletes, models, natural-physique competitors, Navy SEALs, and plenty of ordinary folks. Some have traveled regularly from as far away as London and Singapore to train with him, while others have commuted weekly from Massachusetts and North Carolina. Kevin’s personally certified Naturally Intense trainers have taken his method to Phoenix and Tokyo, with additional expansion planned.
Kevin’s award-winning blog (naturallyintense.net/blog) has attracted well over a million unique visitors, and his many articles for e-magazines and websites have made him a major figure in the fitness community. In the past five years, his Naturally Intense 10-Minute Workout has reached a broader audience through features on CBS on the Couch, Fox 5 Good Day New York, and the CBS Morning News and in the Wall Street Journal.
A true Renaissance Man, Kevin is also an internationally published fitness and dance photographer and he is the creator of the overwhelmingly popular, Dance As Art- The New York City Dance Photography Project, a celebration of dancers photographed at iconic locations in New York City, which has been exhibited both locally here in New York City and internationally. You can see his extensive range of work at his official website at www.naturallyintensephotography.com
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