Back to Basics for Real Results

  • 26 July 2016
  • Content Editor

By Bob Fernee, Photography by Will Dickey

The world is full of gimmicks and false promises. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fitness business. A new “innovation,” contraption or “sure-fire” method is always being touted.

That is not the way at Titan Up Fitness, where owner and trainer, Andy Decker, takes things back to the basics. Since 2012, he has brought his clients results by relying on what really works.

Now 36 years old, Decker has been a fitness buff since he was 14. Four years ago, he turned his avocation into a vocation when he quit a corporate career, bought a failing gym in Jacksonville Beach and began a new life. Corporate life taught him the value of a brand name and he came up with Titan Up Fitness. He relaunched the gym with his own training philosophy and methods.

In regards to the fitness business, Decker says, “Everyone is trying to reinvent the wheel with complicated and conflicting methods. People have forgotten the basics and the proven methods.”

Although Decker adheres to the time-tested strategies, he uses them in an original and refreshing way. There are no elliptical machines, stair steppers or other contraptions in Decker’s gym. Just six or so “pods,” as he calls them, that act as stations with benches, weights and other fundamental equipment. Clients progress through the pods as they gain experience and improve.

Workout sessions last one hour and beginners, for example, are in a group of about four people, training together but overseen by a certified personal trainer. In this environment, a client gets personal training and works out in a social group. Decker has found that group training helps to keep individual motivation high. Clients finish off with cardio work. They sign up for a 13-week course and do different exercises every week.

“When you do the same things every week the body adapts and then it will not change. I do everything I can to avoid adaptability, and I always make the workouts progressive,” Decker says.

His favorite exercise?

Sprints. “The amount of force it puts on the body is equal to bouts spent in the weight room, they really can develop your physique.”

Compound Lifts

Decker is a believer in the tried and true compound lifts. Here are some of his favorites:


With the barbell across the back of the shoulders, bend the knees until top of thighs are horizontal with the floor, then return to the upright position. Repeat 10 to 12 times for two sets. This can also be done with dumbbells held at the sides of each hip.

Upright Press:

Holding barbell across the front of the shoulders, push the bar overhead until arms are straight, then return to starting position. Repeat 10 to 12 times for two sets.  This movement can also be performed with dumbbells.

Bicep Curl:

Hold the barbell with an underhand grip at front of thighs. Leaving elbows in place, curl barbell upwards until it reaches the shoulders. Repeat 10 to 12 times for two sets. If preferred, use dumbbells.

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