About Dean Spiros

Dean Spiros has over 30 years of daily newspaper experience while working as a writer and editor in Chicago and Minneapolis. He currently lives in the Twin Cities, where he works as a freelance writer and editor.
The native of Oak Park, Illinois, developed a passion for sports at a young age. Committed to playing whichever sport was in season, he admits to naively wondering at the age of 12 how he was ever going to decide which sport he was going to play professionally. Reality set in when his football and baseball days ended after high school, but he continues to enjoy fitness training and weightlifting.
With his attention turned to a career as a sports writer, he earned a degree in journalism from the University of Memphis. He landed his first job in Chicago shortly after graduation and established himself as one of the most respected sports journalists in one of the country's largest media markets. Career highlights include covering Michael Jordan and his six NBA championships, golf's U.S. Open, PGA Championship and The Masters, and serving as a beat writer covering the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL.
Upon his move to Minnesota, his focus became writing about college sports, including University of Minnesota baseball and hockey. His time at the Minneapolis Star Tribune also included a stint as sports section coordinator, which involved the planning and production of the daily sports section.

Articles from Dean Spiros

Dean Spiros | August 10, 2018

ISSA Success Stories with Robert Wilson

An interview with fitness expert and author Robert Wilson talks about happiness and purpose in far-away Saudi Arabia. Gone are the aimless days tinged by drugs and alcohol. The desire and need for change, along with a little good fortune, helped him become the person he always wanted to be, living successfully in an environment and a career he loves.

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Dean Spiros | July 31, 2018

Changing Lives Around the World as an Online Fitness Trainer

Nathan DeMetz is an ISSA certified trainer and now runs an online personal training and wellness business with his wife, Grace, from home in Indiana. He has clients around the world, including the U.S., Korea, Kuwait, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Read his fitness journey and comprehensive approach to fitness here!  

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Dean Spiros | June 26, 2018

Staying grounded as a career soars [Interview]

Personal trainer. Magazine columnist. TV host. Celebrity health and wellness coach. In this interview Obi Obadike talks about his widespread success in the fitness industry, and at 42 he’s poised for even greater success in the future. Through it all, he works every day to distinguish between making it big and “going Hollywood"

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Dean Spiros | February 8, 2018

How a Five-Time Olympian Became a Personal Trainer

At the age of 84, five-time Olympian Olga Connolly continues to study exercise and fitness and to share her expertise in her adopted country.

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Dean Spiros | December 12, 2017

How an ISSA Education Changed Cat Smiley’s Life

From writing a book on healthy eating to being named ISSA ’s trainer of the year in Canada three times, Cat Smiley knows no limits when it comes to success in her career. Her goal with her clients is to cultivate a culture on a social level as well as a motivational and physical level.

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Dean Spiros | November 24, 2017

A Second Chance to Live and Becoming a Personal Trainer

After being critically injured seven years ago in an automobile accident, a thankful David Byrnes tells his story of how he was given a second chance to live and how his recovery led him to become a personal trainer.

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Dean Spiros | October 19, 2017

From 'The World's Most Jacked Athlete' to becoming a Personal Trainer

Micahel Ray Garvin was billed 'The World’s Most Jacked Athlete'.  After a knee injury ended his hopes for an NFL, he turned his attention toward making a name for himself as a certified fitness trainer and is now helping others maximize their athletic abilities.

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Dean Spiros | October 11, 2017

Breaking Free and Finding Sanctuary in Fitness

Jessenia Gallegos has faced some difficult challenges in her young life. Each time, she turned to exercise to see her way through, and it has turned her into a fitness sensation.  

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Dean Spiros | August 22, 2017

You are never too old to be a trainer!

Rose Biscardi became an ISSA-certified trainer 10 years ago, with a concentration in helping people 55 and older stay active and fit.  “Nobody can believe that I’m going to be 84 in September,” Biscardi said. “They say they want to do what I do.” And her admirers are not relegated to senior status. Her grandson recently told her, “I hope I got your genes.”

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Dean Spiros | July 28, 2017

Suzanne Llano: Becoming a Personal Trainer and Forging an Identity

After Suzanne Llano went through a divorce seven years ago, she could have just become another statistic. After she moved from New York to South Florida as a spaghetti-and-meatball-loving Italian, she could have just been another cliche.  Instead, the 47-year-old single mother of two is living life to the fullest as a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, fitness model and business owner. How’s that for forging your own identity?

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