Neal F. Blassingame Jr., a 1991 graduate of Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon excelled in Basketball, Football and Track where he received an All-City Honors in Basketball and Track. Neal continued his education at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon majoring in Sociology where he was the co-defensive player of the year. It wasn’t until he began to train with local pro- body builders and enjoyed working out that he took training seriously. Thus began his regimen of learning how to train, the purpose of training, how important nutrition plays in training and everyday life leading him to become a licensed trainer. Neal is an A.C.E. pre-active stretching instructor, holds an ISSA, Sports Specific, Penn Foster Fitness & Nutrition and American Sports & Fitness Associate certificates specializing in strength and endurance training.
A personal trainer for over 20 years, Neal has held various jobs in the training field. Additionally, Neal consulted for many PIL coaches and served as the strength and conditioning coach for Jefferson High School’s football team in 2005. Neal trained some of the city’s top athletes such as Donte Savage (Virginia Union Military Preparatory School-New Mexico State University), Shawn Evans (Portland Christian High School), and Tommy Armstrong (Oregon State Bodybuilding Champion-also a 3rd place finisher in the Mr. USA competition). That is Neal’s specialty working with top athletes, specifically the younger audiences because as he states, “…they are the ones who are not informed on how and why to eat timely, why to get regular exercise and getting the right amount of rest. So for me helping lay down a healthy foundation for one’s life is the most pleasing.” And Neal happens to be a student himself … a student of training to evolve with time; always continuing to push not only his body but his mind.
Working with some of the leading players from the Portland Trailblazers to the New Orleans Saints, Neal’s most cherished reward is helping change someone’s mindset to live a healthier lifestyle; that talent alone will not set you apart but tremendous work ethic will and that starts off the court, field or track. Of course Neal is committed to volunteering; he has been a conditioning coach for Jefferson men's varsity football team and the varsity basketball team, conditioning coach for Parkrose men's varsity basketball team and currently Grant High School’s men all levels conditioning coach. Now adding additional titles to his name, winning Oregon Ironman Masters Physique Champion, 2nd overall and Oregon State Masters Champion, 2nd overall; Neal displays that he is unafraid of discipline and will always do the maximum… a man who lives by his motto: “All or nothin’!”