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About Kent Burden

Kent Burden found his way to the world of fitness and wellness after a devastating college football injury left him a paraplegic for nine months. He was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. In high school he lettered in four sports — football, basketball, track and baseball, and was voted all-conference in football.

He attended Saginaw Valley State University and Western Michigan University where he majored in Physical Education and Theater. He played three years of college football as a wide receiver until the gridiron accident ended his football career. After being paralyzed from the chest down for nine months, surgery restored his ability to walk. He spent years rehabilitating from the injury, and tried many exercise modalities. During his lengthy recovery, he found Hatha Yoga and the mat works of Joseph Pilates to be the simplest and most beneficial restorative exercises. Meditation and visualization increased his focus, balanced out the intense physical activity, and enabled him to believe a complete recovery was possible. He has been practicing yoga for twenty years and teaching yoga for eight years.

Kent's specialty is combining conventional fitness with mind/body modalities, which led him to create "Kent Burden's Essential Triangle," a union of yoga, Pilates and meditation. With meditation as a bridge between the more physical exercises, this powerful, balanced combination of three modalities provides fitness for the mind, body and spirit in dynamic, multi-length formats. The program is available on video and DVD. "Kent Burden's Weighted Power Ball Workout" was released in 2004, and "Kent Burden's Power Ball Pilates" is due for release in summer 2006.


  • AFAA Advanced Personal Trainer Certification
  • AFAA and IFPA Personal Trainer Certification
  • AFAA Primary Group Fitness Certification
  • Physical Mind Institute Pilates Instructor Certification
  • Master Wellness Coach Certification – The Wellness Evolution
  • Spa 100-Hour Yoga Certification
  • Balanced Body Pilates Certification
  • Stott Pilates Certification
  • Yogafit Training Systems International      
  • Yoga Instructor Training, Levels I & II,      
  • Training the Trainers
  • Fitness Ball Certification
  • Halcyon Center Massage Therapist Certification
  • Johnny G Spinning Certification
  • West International Water Fitness Certification
  • Biosensory Systems Systematic Touch Trainer Certification


Kent has more than twenty-five years of fitness experience. He is certified as a master wellness coach, personal trainer, and as a Pilates instructor, Yoga instructor, Spinning instructor, Water Fitness instructor, Systematic Touch Trainer and Massage Therapist. As the Mind/Body Program Director at California's famed Ojai Valley Inn & Spa from 2000 to 2004, he taught 15-20 fitness classes per week, and worked one-on-one with guests, including Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winners and other celebrities and athletes. Kent created the mind/body fitness program, which was voted by Spa Finder Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards as one of North America's top mind/ body programs out of a field of more than 500 spas. His program was considered to be one of the most innovative and diverse in the industry. He was selected by SHAPE magazine as one of six premier trainers for 2003 and is one of Shape's fitness experts appearing annually at the Shape/Men's Fitness Mind/Body Cruise. His signature workout, the Essential Triangle was featured in Healing Retreats and Spas. He is the co-author of AFAA's Yoga Instructor Certification program levels I, II and III. In 2006 he was selected as one of the featured trainers for the revolutionary new product, Podfitness.com. Only 45 top trainers were selected worldwide.

His work has been featured in SHAPE, Natural Health, Fitness, Self, Body & Soul, Spa Finder, American Spa, Fitness Cycling, Golf Digest for Women and New Age Journal magazines, and on television programs such as Access Hollywood, Life and Times (BBC) and Spa Finder Television. He is also co-author of the award-winning book, Yin Yang Fitness: The Whole Package of HealthView Media

The book and videos/DVD are available on this site on the Books & Videos page, and also at www.mylifefitness.com.  Kent lives in California with his wife, two children and three dogs.


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