AD3 Fitness Profile - William Phelan
Name: William Phelan
Title: Director, SQA Engineering
Company: IHS Markit
Started training with AD3: July, 2015
Instagram handle: @wsp2008
Where are you from, and how did you first hear about Alex and AD3 Fitness ?
I grew up in New Jersey. I first met Alex in the summer of 2015, when he became the trainer for Markit’s weekly boot camp workouts in the Sheep Meadow in Central Park.
What is your background?
I was a runner in high school. My parents were runners, so I caught the bug from them.
What is your biggest accomplishment when it comes to fitness/training/sports?
I ran the 1994 Portland Marathon in 2:59:51, which was both my personal best and my qualifying time for the 1996 Boston Marathon.
What is your favorite workout right now, and why?
I like all of our workouts; but if I have to choose a favorite, it would be the core/balance workouts, because those are my weakest areas.
Why Alex and AD3 Fitness?
Alex is an expert, demanding trainer who’s pushed me harder and farther than I thought I could go – and I’ve seen improvements in every area of my fitness as a result. Thanks to Alex, my upper body, my core, my legs, and even my balance – which was terrible – are all better and stronger. By training with Alex, I’ve greatly improved my focus and my ability to push through the pain. Best of all, Alex and I have become friends.
Do you have a story from working out with us?
There are so many great stories from the FitFam: any FitFam workout is strong! One of my favorites was our team run in Runyon Canyon Park in Los Angeles in 2017. I remember trying to keep up with Jason and Keenan as we charged up each trail.
One of my funnier stories is the first time I worked out with one of the big green exercise balls. My core was so weak that, whenever I tried a rollout on the ball, or a plank, or to balance on it, I instantly landed on the floor. The final score: Ball 10, Will 0. It was frustrating at the time – and also extremely funny. Now, thanks to Alex, my core strength and balance are much, much better.
What would be typical “you” outside of work/training?
I’m a history nerd and a bookworm, and Susan and I can spend many happy hours browsing in bookstores.