menu
    Blake Helm

   

The path that led me to working at Body Symmetry as strength and conditioning coach has certainly been that of the road less traveled. I am originally from Springfield, IL and attended Springfield High School, and then Lincoln Land Community College on a baseball scholarship. After graduating from LLCC I attended D1 Murray State University where I played baseball and received my bachelors degree in Exercise Science. At the time my baseball career had not gone according to plan. My body really fell apart in college due to some freak accidents and I ended up having 6 surgeries total while in school (more on that later). After graduating I decided to do something different and patriotic, so I raised my right hand and joined the Air Force as a firefighter. I was stationed at Whiteman AFB, home of the B2 Stealth Bombers. I served four years of active duty and am proud of that. I learned a lot about life, good and bad during my time served. With one year left in my military service I decided that my goal of playing professional baseball would be something that was going to be fulfilled one way or another. Long story short I played for the US Military All Star baseball team, which lead to me signing my first professional contract with the Schaumburg Boomers. I made my professional baseball debut at the age of 28 after separating from the Air Force. To this day I consider it my greatest achievement. I ended up playing for three different teams during the summer of 2013, the Schaumburg Boomers, WindyCity Thunderbolts and the Goodyear Centennials in Phoenix, AZ. To the best of my knowledge I am the only person in recent history to play professional baseball after serving active duty status in the Air Force. I was planning on playing again during the 2014 summer, but as luck would have it, I suffered a career ending injury to my elbow and finally decided to hang up the cleats.

My passion for strength and conditioning began in college when I started getting injured. I wanted to have the knowledge to strengthen and heal myself to play the game I loved again. This turned into a life long passion for the iron. I believe that I bring a unique perspective to my clients. Not only do I feel confident in my academia of training, but I have cut my teeth in the field as well with a degree in exercise science, a background in d1 athletics and professional baseball, competitive powerlifting, and a background in military firefighting, one of the most physically and mentally challenging jobs the military offers.

I first met Chad and became familiar with Body Symmetry through my friendship with the Knoedler brothers and Ryan O'Malley back in 2006. Chad and I stayed in touch throughout the years talking training and things of that nature. This past winter Chad brought me in to help train some of the minor league baseball players that were coming to the facility. It worked out so well that it just felt like a natural fit and I was brought on full time. Training serious athletes is my passion, but I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the other parts of the population equally as much. Feeling like I made a difference in someone's life is what makes me happy. I love coming to work and helping people.


Education
Murray State University, B.S. - Exercise Science
Lincoln Land Community College, A.S.

Certifications / Credentials
American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
EM4MH, Elite Strength and Conditioning

Continuing Education
Division 1 Baseball
Professional Baseball (Schaumburg Boomers, Windy City Thunderbolts, Goodyear Centennials) Firefighter in the Air Force (NREMT-B) (certified EMT)
Trainer at Acceleration Sports Institute in Arden, NC
Central Missouri Powerlifting team PR's of 545 squat, 560 DL, 350 BP

 

  Design © 2014 Body Symmetry  |  773 S Durkin Dr.  |  Springfield, IL 62704  |  217.793.9972  |