Location: Madison, Connecticut, United States
James Henry “Hank” Drought, Owner at USAPersonalTrainers.com, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health and wellness.
Recognized as one of the founding fathers of personal training since 1977, Mr. Drought is a health care business owner, exercise physiologist, personal trainer and writer. Presently, he is owner of USAPersonalTrainers.com and holds more than 40 years of experience in health and fitness, strength and conditioning, and speed training in the United States and Europe. A frequent consultant for major corporations, health clubs, professional athletes and celebrities, he has served as a consultant for various health and fitness publications and is a former “Ask the Experts” columnist for the Boston Globe newspaper. Mr. Drought was Health Promotion Manager for the City of Boston from 1987 to 1988. He started, organized and spoke at the 1995 and 1996 “New England Strength and Conditioning Clinic” in Boston with Johnny Parker of the New England Patriots, Mike Boyle, consultant for the Boston Bruins, USA Weightlifting coach Denis Reno and fitness expert Wayne Westcott, PhD. Mr. Drought has been a longtime member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). From 1989 to 1993 he helped develop the NSCA’s National Strength & Conditioning Foundation and publication “Conditioning Instructor” which attracted personal trainers to the NSCA. He helped develop the NSCA’s first personal trainer certification which debuted in 1994, contributed a chapter to “NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training” in 2004 and he was a member of the NSCA’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2001.
Mr. Drought has also served as an author, producer, director and actor. He formed and owned Rainmaker Productions and Starlight Productions in the 1980s and he produced, directed, and acted in the audio-play “Sonny Davis, Televised” in 1982. He authored screenplays such as “So Long Chicago” in 1983 and “Writer in Exile” in 1999 as well as the play “Traveling with Hemingway and Fitzgerald” in 1991 and the short story “On Meeting John Huston: A Personal Reminiscence” in 1998. Additionally, Mr. Drought wrote the novella “The Picadors” in 1996 and several poetry and quote anthologies.
At the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he was on the Army football team, Mr. Drought was involved in Nautilus equipment “one-on-one partner-assisted training” from 1975 to 1977 which inspired the idea of personal training. He recognized that individuals greatly benefitted from and achieved their goals of fitness with a professional aide, thus establishing the foundation of personal training. In recognition of his contributions to the industry, he was the recipient of a 2000 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year Award, a 1995 NSCA State Director’s Award, a 1993 NSCA Certification Commission Appreciation Award and a 1993 NSCA Challenge Scholarship Award. He was also selected as one of the “100 Best Trainers in America” by Men’s Journal magazine in 2004. Mr. Drought is a 2017 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been selected for inclusion in a number of editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East.
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