Interview with Brenden

We at Formative Fitness pride ourselves on being the “go to” trainers in Traverse City.  We’re known for our professionalism, in depth knowledge of a wide variety of training techniques, and for always paying close attention to proper technique and form – every client, every exercise, every session. In order to help our clients get to know us a little better, we decided to feature a different trainer each week in our blog and answer a series of questions about both our personal and professional lives.  We hope you enjoy this series!

Name:  Brenden D. Booth

Age:  33

Where are you from originally?

Born in Garden City, Michigan

Do you have a college degree? If so, what is your degree in?


If you aren’t originally from Traverse City, why did you move here?

Parents moved here when I was in 2ndgrade.

Tell us something interesting about you that most people don’t know.

We moved to Kingsley to start an Ostrich farm.

What do you do in your spare time?

Work on my house. (Prepping to sell in spring)

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?

Spend time with my wife.

What is the most memorable trip you’ve taken and what made it so memorable?

Honeymoon in Hawaii. How could it not be memorable? I spent a week in a beautiful place with my best friend!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Ireland, I have some family there.

What are a few items on your personal bucket list?

Learn to Swim (long story)

Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?


Martin – Goldfish won at the fair 10 years ago.

Charlie – Bearded Dragon

Maya – Cat

Buddy – Cat

Mitch – Cat

What is your favorite season, and why?

Spring. The smell of everything waking up.

Why did you become a trainer? Any specific “ah ha” moment that influenced your decision?

Was down about a “job interview”. Came home to my roommate asking if id like to go to the gym. He showed me the ropes and I loved it!

What fitness certifications do you have?


How long have you been a certified personal trainer?

1.5 years

What are a few items on your professional bucket list?

Always looking for the next big step but enjoying where I am at as well.

How often do you attend/take continuing education courses or go to fitness conferences?

Would like to once a year but haven’t yet.

Why did you choose to pursue the continuing education courses that you’ve done?

Haven’t Yet.

What type of training are you most interested in/best at instructing? (ie weight lifting, functional strength, HIIT, TRX, bodybuilding, etc.)

I would like to be a “jack of all trades” if you will.

Do you work with a diverse group of clients or specialize in a particular group?


What is your training philosophy?

You can do ANYTHING you set your mind too!

In your opinion, why is form so important when working with clients?

Without form, the smallest issue can arise and downward spiral from there if not corrected!

What makes you a great trainer?

Attention to Detail. Knowing each client’s specific needs and goals.