Dino Nowak may have earned an engineering degree from RIT but his true passion has been building the human body. He is a Medical and Older Adult Exercise Specialist, Exercise Physiologist and Functional Aging Specialist to name a few of his credentials. Dino is a 20 year plus veteran and leader in the fitness industry. Always looking to challenge himself, he has held many roles.
President and Founder of renu
From Personal Training Manager and later General Manager of an International luxury fitness company- Equinox Fitness Clubs where he assisted in opening their first facility outside of the New York marketplace in Los Angeles. To securing a publishing deal after being rejected 6 times to then releasing his book “The Final Makeover” which landed him appearances on multiple media outlets such as Fitness Magazine, Cooking Light, Lifetime Television, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and in national magazines as a ongoing contributing writer. Dino is currently the editor for the 50+ department at Faith and Fitness Magazine.
Upon moving to Nashville Dino and his company provided the fitness and post-rehabilitation services at the Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute Fitness Center for 8 years, gaining valuable clinical experience. There he earned the trust and referrals of the physical therapists and orthopaedic physicians alike after witnessing the results achieved for their patients once discharged while keeping them safe.
Many of Nashville’s most accomplished doctors have entrusted their health, bodies and careers in the hands of Renu to keep them sometimes quite literally operating at their absolute best. Reducing downtime, incidence of back pain during long surgical procedures and giving them the physical and mental endurance to do their challenging professions with focus, reduced stress and greater enjoyment.
Dino’s passion for working with older adults led him to open his first standalone facility in 2015 on West End in the heart of Nashville. One of the few places in the country to exclusively specialize in working with adults over 40 and the unique challenges they often face.
In 2018, Dino is expanding the vision for Renu and it’s over 40 fitness model by opening their next location in Raleigh, NC. The dream is to have specialized facilities that serve the community and be a center medical professionals can trust to send their patients thus improving outcomes, reducing healthcare use and costs. Most importantly helping people become more resilient physically and cognitively, returning to them a body that operates years if not decades younger than their chronological age.
“The impact appropriate physical activity provides not just to the body but also the brain is truly remarkable. For this population, the cognitive benefits alone are reason enough to start. Too often we dismiss exercise as simply a weight loss method or an attempt to look better; but once the medical, mood and energy improvements are experienced people engage wholeheartedly actually looking forward to their sessions.”
Activity and Exercise are powerful, study after study demonstrates its efficacy and life enrichment. For many the challenge lies in taking that first step and not causing further harm. Dino excels at taking a person where they are with not only knowledge and expertise but even more importantly compassion, understanding and caring.
Dino is married to his gorgeous and crazy smart wife, they have a young son who is obsessed with Star Wars. If there's free time he enjoys checking out the latest tech gadgets, in particular Virtual Reality and how it can be implemented into fitness and more active entertainment. He also loves a good strategy board game and the water, playing a board game looking out over a lake would be a really good day.
Vanderbilt Univeristy Osher Lifelong Learning: 6 Week Series"Exercise and the Fight against Aging"
Woodmont Christian Church:"Activity at any age"
Vanderbilt Univeristy Club: "Transitioning into Retirement"
Redemption Ministries & LifeSprings Resources:"All Things Made New: Changing the Body From the Inside Out."
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA):"Turning your Passion into a Profitable and Stable Business"
“Too many continue to exercise like they did in their 20’s and even 30’s. The body changes and thus how we approach exercise especially in the beginning must consider multiple factors. Posture, joint integrity and range of motion, arthritis, other past injuries and compensation patterns. When exercise is uncomfortable or causes pain it’s no wonder only a minority of older adults engage in any consistent, meaningful and appropriately challenging activity.”