Edward Schaeffer grew up in the Hudson Valley, and after graduating from Ketcham High School in 1984; he earned a
Associate of Science degree in criminal justice from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. At the time of his graduation
he was working in the antique business while creating a very small gym setting during his spare time. He began fitness training by instructing his family, friends, and co-workers gaining personal experience. He took many classes and acquired several industry certifications in personal fitness training. By way of a personal connection, Edward was informed of a fitness trainer position at Columbia University Medical School's athletic facility. He began working part time and within 6 months he was managing the athletic facility. Through his position at the University
he continued to gain personal training experience by working with the medical and non-medical students that were in the health sciences program, as well as the faculty & staff. In addition to fitness training, he held a number of duties at the University, such as over-seeing the resident adviser program, representing the athletic facility and the housing department in University committee meetings, and day-to-day management of the athletic facility. During his tenure, he began acquiring fitness equipment with the hopes of opening his very own private studio. Starting his own business became his passion. After 3 years of managing the athletic facility at Columbia, he decided to begin working toward opening his own personal training facility.
Edward returned to Poughkeepsie, NY where he began working as a fitness trainer at the former All-Sport fitness center in Poughkeepsie. During his time at All-sport his role as a trainer became extremely important, as he was about to be a part of a groundbreaking program exclusive to the Hudson Valley – the MedX Healthy Back & Neck program. This program quickly became his main responsibility at All-Sport. While he had a hand in growing the program to become successful, he knew that he still wanted to own a private studio and run his own personal training programs. After 9 years at All-Sport, the time came for Edward to break away and take that “leap of faith”. He now owned enough equipment to begin offering to clients a one-on-one approach to physical health. He knew this approach would be better for his clients and himself.
In January of 2007 he opened the doors to Strength For Life Personal Training Service. Edward began to create an atmosphere that addresses the shortcomings of a large fitness center. He was able to help his clients understand how & why to exercise, and help them adopt a healthy lifestyle, and this is what will always drive him to be the best he can be.