"If you learn one thing from me, it's that the secret of a successful fitness program is consistency."


J. Henry “Hank” Drought


Owner, Head Trainer and Coach

Hank Drought, is one of the early founding fathers of Personal Training as a profession and has over 40 years of experience as a Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning & Speed Consultant in the U.S. and Europe. He specializes in training for health benefits and improved athletic performance.

He was awarded Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), was selected one of the “100 Best Trainers in America” by Men’s Journal magazine, and was voted “Best of New Haven” for Personal Training in the CTNOW Readers’ Poll.

Clients have included: The State of Massachusetts, City of Boston, major corporations, health clubs, professional and amateur athletes, models, actors, and general public exercisers of all ages and levels.

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Experience & History

Mr. Drought has been a member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and is a former member of the Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee for the XIII Winter Olympic Games. He is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on training topics, and he is frequently interviewed in national magazines and on television.

Drought holds an MS in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, and a BS in Physical Education from Rutgers University and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has earned professional certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and USA Weightlifting.

Hank has been a Division 1 intercollegiate football and baseball player, an international rugby player in Europe, a Boston Marathon finisher, and a T’ai Chi Ch’uan practitioner since 1985 and student of Tai Chi Grand Master Gin Soon Chu (5th generation Yang Style).

Honors, Awards & Achievements

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    2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award


    • Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World (since 1996)
    • Marquis’ Who’s Who in America (since 1997)
    • Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (since 1998)
    • Marquis’ Who’s Who in the East (since 1995)
    About the Award Who's Who Site
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    James Henry "Hank" Drought Collection

    Kept at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University Libraries, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

    About the Collection
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    National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Awards and Committee Work
    • NSCA Board of Directors (1998–2001)
    • NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year Award (2000)
    • NSCA Executive Council, State Director’s Committee (1997–1998)
    • NSCA State Director Award (1995)
    • NSCA Personal Trainer Exam Development Committee (1994–1998)
    • NSCA Personal Trainer National Conference Committee (1993–1995)
    • NSCA Certification Commission Award (1993)
    • NSCA Challenge Scholarship Award (1993)
    • NSCA Massachusetts State Director (1992–1998)
    • NSCA Personal Trainer Exam Task Analysis Committee (1992–1993)
    • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer Job Analysis Committee (1993)
    • NSCA Chairman, Personal Trainer Committee (1991–1993)
    • NSCA Executive Editor, Conditioning Instructor newsletter (1990–1993)
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    Best of New Haven – Personal Trainer

    CTNow.com, formerly the New Haven Advocate (2010)

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    “100 Best Trainers in America”

    Men’s Journal magazine (2004)


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    Personal Trainer of the Year

    National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) (2000)

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    Ask the Experts Column Contributor

    Boston Globe (1990 – 1992)


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    Executive Committee Member

    Boston vs. Montreal Fitness Challenge (1989)

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    Communications Coordinator, Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee

    XIII Winter Olympic Games (1980)