Cord Prettyman is an IDEA Master Personal Trainer, who has been certified by the American Council on Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine and the YMCA. He has worked in the fitness industry since September of 1988 and has served over the years as a Fitness Center Supervisor for the YMCA, Health and Fitness Director for the Laguna Hills Chiropractic Center, General Manager of Nautilus Aerobics Plus, Strength Trainer for the Accident Rehabilitation Center, Co-Owner of the Personal Touch Health Club and Rehabilitation Center and Owner and Personal Trainer for the Absolute Workout Fitness and Post-Rehab Studio.
Cord designed and directly supervised the fitness training program for Mrs. California 1992 in preparation for the 1993 MRS. USA Pageant, which she won. He served as her personal trainer throughout her reign as MRS. USA.
He has lectured extensively on health and fitness throughout Colorado and California and has taught certification workshops for the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver. Since May of 1998, Cord has written a weekly column entitled “Fit & Healthy” for the Pikes Peak Courier newspaper (http://pikespeakcourier.net/e-edition/), which serves all of Teller County and parts of El Paso Counties in Colorado. He has, also, been published in numerous health and fitness magazines over the years.
He has over 40,000 hours of personal training experience working with both the physically fit and the physically challenged. Cord has extensive hands-on experience designing functional fitness and core conditioning programs for those who are training to improve the quality of their life. He has, also, trained professional, recreational and scholastic athletes. In addition, he has designed and trained clients for event-specific programs, such as climbing Fourteeners, the Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent, mountain and touring cycling events and a wide variety of other fitness events. He has trained clients in doctor prescribed pre- and post-hip and knee replacement, rotator cuff surgery, back surgery, spinal cord injury and auto-accident recovery programs, as well.
Over the years, Cord’s clients have ranged in ages from 8 to 92-years-old. He has had clients lose as much as 100 lbs. in a single year on weight-loss programs and has designed programs for and trained people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Cancer, Chemical Sensitivity and other lesser known auto-immune disorders.
Cord prides himself in being conservative in his training approach, interactive while training his clients and is dedicated to educating his clients in the arena of health and fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. He is passionate in his pursuit of continuing education in an effort to ensure that his clients have access to the very latest health and fitness information and expertise. Cord sees his job as designing, implementing and motivating those in his Studio in safe and effective client specific fitness programs.
Please see Cord’s Resume for references and more detailed career information.
“I have been working out with Cord for about a year and a half. Two years ago I was so out of shape and exhausted all the time that I had to hire someone to pot my flower pots. I just potted 40 flower pots and my husband could not believe my strength and stamina. I am now what Cord calls “functionally fit” and it feels great. Thanks to Cord’s expertise I continue to get even more fit and healthy!”
C.L., Woodland Park, CO
“I have struggled with CFIDS (chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome) since 1998. I accepted the fact I would never be physically active again. That changed when I meet Cord in 2004. I have now progressed to a level where I am doing age-appropriate workouts. Cord has changed my life! He can change yours too. Do it!”
B.S, Colorado Springs, CO
“Cord works with his clients to establish a program that helps attain each client’s objectives. He constantly teaches – proper form, reason for the exercise, etc. Results are measured and feedback is solicited. Safety is always primary. He is careful, thorough, and encouraging. He will make your life better!”
D.O., Woodland Park, CO
“When I came to Cord Prettyman’s studio twelve years ago as a stressed-out, out-of-shape former college athlete, my goal was simply to get my body whipped back in shape by a personal trainer. While that did happen, what Cord really provided for me were the tools to manage my time, my stress and my goals. For me, Cord’s title of “personal trainer” has transformed into “life coach”. He’s simply the best!”
K.B, Colorado Springs, CO
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the tremendous job you did in helping me achieve my goal of running the Pikes Peak Ascent in 3 hours and 32 minutes. Without your vast experience, expertise and ability to inspire and motivate, I believe my task would have been significantly more difficult. You are a true professional and I would not trade my experience for anything. You touch peoples’ lives in a positive way and that is a good thing.”
M.M., Woodland Park, CO
“Cord Prettyman at Absolute Workout has been my trainer for approximately six years. I began seeing him because I needed a workout program to use after my second hip replacement (third major surgery). Cord helped me slowly regain my strength and get to the point that I was working out every day. Since then, Cord has helped me recover from two more major back surgeries. While pushing me to improve, Cord has also been extremely patient in helping me gain strength gradually. He listens when I tell him an exercise is beginning to hurt, and often changes a program on the spot to meet my needs. At this point, I don’t know what I’d do without Cord, both as a trainer and a good friend.”
W.R., Woodland Park, CO
“Cord has been my personal trainer for many years. He is motivating and extremely knowledgeable. The program is tailored to my fitness goals and physical needs. He’s communicated with my doctor, provided rehab after surgery and injury, and organized detailed action plans for home follow-up. Best of all, Cord provides a challenging program in an atmosphere of encouragement, accountability, and ongoing support. He is absolutely the best!”
J.H., Colorado Springs, CO
“When I first came to Cord I was in pretty bad health. I knew it was going to be hard to regain what I had lost, but with Cord’s genius ability to create workout programs along with his guidance I actually began feeling better far sooner than I, or my doctor, thought possible. Cord not only helped me regain my health he also helped me achieve strength and muscle gains that I never thought possible by working out only 2 times a week for an hour each time no less. I’m going on 3 years now working with Cord and have to say I’d be very reluctant to consider changing course with any other trainer out there.”
A.J., Woodland Park, CO
“One month after I moved to Woodland Park in 1999 I began training with Cord. Over the years Cord has taught me the value of exercise. Each session is tailored to my needs and I am amazed at how many different exercises he has had me do! I was a “kid” of 55 when I started with Cord. Now that I am in my 70’s I appreciate him even more as he has kept me active at a time when many people are slowing down.”
P.O., Woodland Park, CO
“I have been working with Cord for over five years. He has the patience of “Job”. He supports and encourages without being judgmental or pressuring. Each client is treated individually with programs that meet their specific needs. I am still a “work in progress,” but with Cord’s assistance I will get there.”
L.H., Woodland Park, CO
“I have been working out with Cord for 12 years and I can honestly say that his knowledge and expertise in the fitness industry is above reproach. Cord works for his clients to help them achieve their ultimate fitness goals. He is a cheerleader, coach, and mentor and over the years has become a very dear friend. If you are looking for the best gym in the Pikes Peak region Absolute Workout is it!”
K.C., Woodland Park, CO