Smart Strength & Conditioning

Your personal investment in long-term,
full body health and fitness.

Smart Strength aims to bridge the gap between the science of fitness and its application. We want to bring the lifelong positive benefits that fitness provides to the masses.

We provide customized, systematically developed training solutions for those who are motivated to invest in themselves for the long-term.

We think long-term, we care about the individual, and we base our training on sound exercise science principles. These key factors separate us from the fad routines and impersonal big-box gyms.

We offer the following training options to help you achieve lasting results working smarter, not harder.



Invest in yourself through unlimited access to world-class facilities and systematic programming provided by world-class staff.

“You only get one mind and one body. And they’ve got to last a lifetime… Take care of them!” -Warren Buffett

Your mental and physical health are precious assets that’ll be with you forever. Bolster and protect those assets with a Smart Strength membership. 

Small Group

Private Training

Enhance your health investment through focused expert advice, hands-on coaching, and the benefits of a small team environment.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

Small group private training is the simplest way to take your fitness to the next level. You’ll gain the benefits of teamwork, camaraderie, and hyper-focused, hands-on coaching.

Enhance your bond with an existing friend group or expand your network and make new connections.



Invest in your team and your community through a Corporate Partnership. Empower and protect your most important asset-your people.

“The power of a community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic, or hospital.” -Dr. Mark Hyman

Talent management is an imperative in today’s business world. A corporate partnership with Smart Strength helps business and community leaders attract and retain talent, bolster their team’s mental and physical fitness, and develop a healthy organizational culture.


Partnership agreements are entirely customizable; you’ll work one-on-one with Smart Strength’s founder to develop the perfect solution for your team.

Meet the Founder

Alex Harris

Alex has been involved in fitness all his life. From athlete to student to trainer, Alex has approached fitness from nearly every angle possible and has learned to appreciate the life-long benefits it provides. After the culmination of his athletic career and his graduation from Albion College with a BS in Exercise Science, Alex knew he would stay involved in fitness for the rest of his life. He followed up his undergraduate work with a Master’s degree in Physiology from Michigan State University.


This variety of experiences has made him a true believer in the quality-of-life benefits that come from a well-executed, intelligently designed training plan. More importantly, his experience and education have given him the tools needed to build and deliver high-quality fitness solutions to any training audience. Alex’s passion is delivering world-class fitness expertise with a personal touch and a hometown connection; he believes Albion is the perfect place to live out that passion through Smart Strength. 



I've always struggled with finding the appropriate fit when it came to physical exercise and movement; traditional gyms were often intimidating, and I felt overwhelmed by the endless equipment options and the clientele. When I moved to the Albion area from Detroit a year ago, I was seeking community and a physical outlet to support my personal healing journey. Given my past experiences, I am beyond fortunate to have found that and more in Smart Strength and Conditioning. For the first time, I have chosen to prioritize movement for the right reasons and have been supported holistically by Alex and his amazing Team. I value the commitment that Alex makes to his clients and to ensuring ....

Lauren Perry Higher Education

After college basketball, and not having a structured workout routine anymore, I found myself becoming very impatient and angry. I struggled finding the energy and motivation to do a lot of things. Eventually, I knew I needed accountability, commitment, discipline, and help. I found a trainer who understood where I was at and took what I needed to create a program that personally fit me. With the expertise of Alex, I have experienced the results that personal training can give someone and its life-enhancing. Since day one he has challenged me and believed in me. I have learned how to work smarter and not harder. Thanks to Smart Strength and this program, I am full of happiness, energy, and strength!

Anne-Marie Wright Insurance

My experience with Smart Strength was fantastic! My trainer, Alex, was very personable and made my workouts enjoyable. The training I received was specific to my fitness goals, and not a cookie-cutter program. Alex oriented me to new gym equipment and made me feel comfortable with its use. He always made me feel like a rockstar with his encouraging and motivational words. The most notable part of working with this Smart Strength trainer is that he was instrumental in kickstarting a new level of fitness for me. I have never felt better about myself.

Jennifer Riccius

Smart Strength’s slogan is “Work Smarter, Not Harder,” which is exactly what Alex Harris lives up to when you train with him. I worked with Alex in Ionia for just over a year. At the age of 52, I had just begun going to a local gym, which actually was a first for me. I periodically worked out at home, but was looking for something different. I took a couple of group classes led by Alex, which I enjoyed, however, I really liked the Personal Training sessions he offered. I like the one-on-one attention, and the relationship that builds between a personal trainer and yourself.

Lisa L. Brown

I had the pleasure of working alongside Alex during his time in New York City. He is a passionate and knowledgeable fitness professional who listens to his clients and goes the extra mile for them to help them reach their goals. He is the kind of professional we need more of in the fitness industry.

Kirk Adams

Individualized, Smart, Sophisticated Training Solutions

Your personal investment in long-term,
full body health and fitness.


Time is our most valuable resource. It is priceless, rare, and non-renewable. Many successful people would trade their material wealth to have just a bit more time. So, what can we do to extend, preserve, and make maximum use of the time we do have? Exercise! It is a proven deterrent against the aging process and a proven catalyst for a higher quality of life. A smartly designed, thoughtfully executed exercise program is the safest and most effective means to ensure a long and healthy life, with minimal side effects. The best time to start investing in yourself was 20 years ago, the second-best time is right now

Training (Investing)

Smartly Matters

Haphazard training programs and exercise fads don’t work, at least not for the long-haul. Access to equipment and a big beautiful gym, by itself, won’t lead to sustainable results. Even dedicated hard work, the holy grail of the fitness world, will not deliver long-term results without a smart plan and a mechanism for follow-through. This is where Smart Strength comes in. Our training is based in exercise science principles and is geared towards functional, long-term fitness to maximize quality of life. This systematic approach is merged with personal engagement and follow-through you will not find elsewhere. Merging the science of fitness with its application, that is the Smart Strength way.

Community Matters

We want to bring the lifelong positive benefits that fitness provides to the masses. We will do this through behavioral change, building positive habits, and creating a fun, enjoyable, fitness experience to be shared by all. We approach fitness as an investment in our clients which in turn represents an investment in our community. Albion is near and dear to our hearts and we think it’s the perfect place to apply the fitness-is-medicine, quality of life approach to exercise. Everything we do occurs within the greater context of revitalizing Albion and reaffirming this town as a wonderful place to live, work, and workout. Come on down to one of our community events and find out what we’re all about.

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Copyright © 2022 Smart Strength. All Rights Reserved.