Harry Hanson, AAPT Founder

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Harry Hanson turned his passion for fitness into a career as an entrepreneur and celebrity personal trainer, catering to Hollywood stars and NHL players. He founded AAPT in 2007 to provide students with the tools to copy his success in the fitness industry.

Clients who rock the red carpet

Harry, described by the New York Daily News as “one of New York’s most sought after fitness gurus” and voted celebrity fitness trainer of the year by MSNBC, has trained, tightened and toned Hollywood and sports A-listers for more than 20 years. He’s been retained by Paramount Pictures and Tri-Star Productions, and counts Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Woody Harrelson, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Eric Dane and the NY Rangers among his clients.

He has appeared on TV shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Extra, The Today Show, Good Morning New York, New York One, The View, PIX New York, and been written up in TV Guide, Cosmopolitan and Esquirer to name just a few (see the complete press list here). Harry also wrote Get Your Rear in Gear, the most comprehensive book on how to tone and shape the body’s most universal trouble spot. And in addition to all of this he’s found time to work with children at various youth centers and schools in New York City.

Turning a passion for physical fitness into a thriving business

Harry’s had a lifelong interest in physical training, starting with weight lifting at 13 and going on to winning 15 competitive power-lifting titles. He eventually applied his entrepreneurial talent to his passion for physical fitness and opened Hanson Fitness, described by Allure magazine as a “state-of-the-art fitness center in New York’s SoHo district.”

As his celebrity reputation grew so did the demand for his services. He soon found it necessary to open two additional facilities located in New York’s Union Square and West Village. His fitness centers use The Hanson Fitness System, which Harry developed specially to motivate and educate clients by helping them master a series of short-term goals that achieve long-term results.

AAPT is launched

Through his experience as a personal trainer, Hanson has become passionate about another cause: to improve the standards of the personal training profession which he realized were not sufficient when he tried to hire qualified trainers to staff his fitness centers. As a result he launched the American Academy of Personal Training School. In 2007, a school that is nationally and internationally accredited and licensed by the New York and Massachusetts Departments of Education to develop personal trainers through an intensive specialized 300-hour program that includes classroom lectures and hand-on equipment training.

Stop by and meet Harry

If you’ve ever dreamed of being an expert personal trainer, take the AAPT tour in New York or Boston. One of our people would love showing you around and discuss how you can achieve your goals. If you stop by AAPT New York it’ll probably be Harry himself. Or you can contact him directly for more information.

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