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About Matt Browne

I believe that everyone has their own unique story.  These stories shape our thoughts and perspectives. Woven from various fabrics, life is a mystery full of left turns and dead-end streets.  There is never a shortage of obstacles and challenges.

My name is Matt Browne and I learned these life lessons at a young age.  

When I was 5 years-old, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  Leukemia is a cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and lymphatic system.  This type of cancer usually starts in the white blood cells (your potent infection fighters) and can make fighting of infections a real-life nightmare.    

At the time of my diagnoses there was a 60% survival rate.  I underwent months of chemotherapy and years of grueling treatments, including daily blood-work and numerous spinal taps.  Eventually the veins in my arms collapsed and a portacath was surgically put into my body (for future blood-work).  For most kids growing up, their childhood is a period of life that brings new sights, new games, and new friends.  However, for me, childhood was about nothing more than the will to survive.  Due to the medication I was taking, I began to gain a substantial amount of weight.  Soon I was the heaviest kid in my elementary school class.  Although many of my classmates were very respectful, I faced my fair share of teasing & bullying due to my appearance.  It was at this time that I made a promise to myself.  Ok, maybe not literally due to the fact that I was so young, but without a doubt the stage had been set.

Something had been permanently wired into my DNA.

When I grew up, I was going to live healthy.  From here, the journey began.  In high school I was always involved in sports and was active in the strength and conditioning program.  I was never the best athlete but found gratification in a strong work ethic.  Before I knew it, I fell more in love with process of training.

In 2007 I entered my first year of college at San Diego State University.  I pursued a degree in Kinesiology and in 2009 I became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise.  After two years in San Diego, I decided to transfer to Winona State University to pursue a degree in Physical Education and Sports Science.  I continued my educational journey by becoming a Certified Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist

In 2011 I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Winona State University and became a Licensed Physical Educator. Since that time, I've had the great fortune of being featured in media outlets including Men's Fitness Magazine and IDEA Fitness Journal, while being supported by companies including ScentBlocker Outdoors, Sota Clothing, Tradition Creek, Full Curl Brand, and Trouble North Co.

I am proud of my accomplishments, but place a greater emphasis on living a life of purpose and persistance.

Today, I help students and clients of all ages pursue their best life.  Perhaps more importantly, I try to remind myself that each day is a privilege.  I want to make every minute count. 


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