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 | October 17, 2018

Inspiration Story: Jeremy Scott

What do potential employers look for when hiring great trainers? Fitness author, business owner, and former competitive bodybuilder Jeremy Scott walks us through the qualities that take fitness professionals from good to great. Then, he weighs in on the importance of practical application in the ever-changing landscape for personal trainers and nutrition coaches. Read his full article here.

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Dean Spiros | October 10, 2018

Inspiration Story: Paula-Jean Doyle

Doyle lives with multiple sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disorder that damages the central nervous system. She is currently symptom free, despite deciding to forgo the disease-modifying drugs recommended by her doctor. Instead, she relies on a dedicated fitness program, a healthy diet and what she is convinced was some divine intervention.

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Dean Spiros | October 1, 2018

Inspiration Story: Dominic Frazier

34-year-old business owner and ISSA trainer Dominic Frazier will tell you he’s only getting started. His enthusiasm has been there from the start, and he put it together with a degree in exercise science from Concordia University in his native state, Wisconsin. Read his article and why he says, “Lookout world, here I come.” 

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Dean Spiros | September 24, 2018

Meg Squats looks to change the shape of things to come

Megan Gallagher (professional powerlifter and ISSA trainer) is known by over 200,000 YouTube subscribers and 290,000 followers on Instagram as Meg Squats. Her success and popularity is built on the platform that athletes — particularly women — should not be pigeonholed or limited when it comes to strength and fitness. Read more about her passion to help others achieve strength over aesthetics here.

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Dean Spiros | September 10, 2018

Success Story: Lauren Brooks Kettlebell Queen

Lauren Brooks is known to many as “The Kettlebell Queen”. She is an expert in fitness and particularly in kettlebell training for strength and weight loss. But training with kettlebells didn't immediately impress her. It was a brush with fate that lead her down this path.

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Dean Spiros | September 4, 2018

Rockin’ the House - And Some Killer Abs [Interview]

"We were known as the band that worked out,” says Wittig. “We had hundreds of pounds of plates and barbells loaded under the bus. And I always carried a set of resistance bands with me. I still advocate that everyone should have a set of bands, because you can do everything with them.” Read the full interview here.

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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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