"Difficult is Nothing!"
“Exercise and healthy food is the best medicine!”
It all started when David’s mother bought him a set of weights and a small bench when he was 12 years old. In Junior high school, he joined the wrestling team. It didn’t take long for him to excel in this sport. Because of his weight training, his strength and body size increased dramatically. In 1972 David went on to win a National Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship.
He grew up on Long Island, graduated from Hicksville High School, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education at Long Island University CW Post College.
David won the Mr. New York State and Mr. Atlantic USA titles and was featured on several bodybuilding magazine covers, including Muscle Training Illustrated.
The person who had the greatest impact on David’s life and career was the four-time Olympic Discus Gold Medalist, Al Oerter (1936–007). Oerter was the only man to win four Gold Medals over a span of 16 years; 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968 - breaking the Olympic record each time. Dave and Al became best friends, with Oerter acting as David’s mentor. Al introduced him to John Boos, a Mr. World Bodybuilder in 1972. Boos had a full gym in his basement. Al, John, and David would train together hour-after-hour and soon were called the “Cellar Dwellers.” The hard work and long hours paid off - they all became champions.
In 1980, Dave’s bodybuilding career ended as a result of an injury. In 1983 David decided to open his first personal fitness studio in New York.
In 1996, Spector relocated to sunny Boca Raton, Florida to escape the harsh northern winters, and opened his new state-of-the-art fitness studio. Dave prides himself on having the best certifications in the industry, The American College of Sports Medicine, Fitness Training Specialist, The National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certifications.
The death of his father of heart disease at the age of 38, and the passing of his best friend and mentor, Al Oerter, from the same silent killer, had a tremendous impact on his life. David’s mission in life is - and has been dedicated to helping people become stronger and lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Dave began his rowing career in 2019 and competes in the lightweight category (ages 65-69). Since then he has won a bronze medal in the 2020 USRowing Indoor National Championships/C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints, gold medal in the 2021 Championship USA, gold medal in the 2021 British 2000 Meters, silver medal in the 2021 British 500 meters, gold medal in the 2021 Canadian Championship 2000 Meters, and a silver medal in the 2021 World Champions 2000 Meters.
In addition to managing his fitness studio and rowing, Dave is pursuing his Master's degree in Exercise Physiology at Florida Atlantic University. He wants to educate himself and therefore educate his clients. A good trainer can explain how exercise works from the cellular level and not just give out exercises.