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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 | 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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Dean Spiros | April 27, 2017

Moji Oluwa: From Olympic Weightlifter to Personal Trainer

Inspired by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Moji Oluwa developed a passion for strength and fitness at an early age and became a multifaceted success in the United States.

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Dean Spiros | April 6, 2017

Jason Vaught - On Becoming a Personal Trainer and Business Owner

Jason Vaught knows what it takes to make a change, and BE the change. Transforming his own body through research and practice, he pursued an ISSA education to learn the science behind his transformation and to start a business helping others. Jason found his real passion helping people discover the deeper meaning behind their desired transformation and now coaches clients in behavioral nutrition.

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Dean Spiros | March 10, 2017

What ISSA Certification means to Brian Theiss, the first ISSA Certified Trainer

Brian Theiss became the first ISSA certified trainer nearly 30 years ago, and since that time has distinguished himself the world over as a game changer in thousands of people’s lives.

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