Walk around EquiVita's Grandview headquarters and you'll see a weight room, a relaxation area with massage tables, a few exercise classrooms and some offices. They're all part of Adam Milligan's mission to help people rehab after injuries, reach new fitness goals or simply get into better shape.

Walk around EquiVita's Grandview headquarters and you'll see a weight room, a relaxation area with massage tables, a few exercise classrooms and some offices. They're all part of Adam Milligan's mission to help people rehab after injuries, reach new fitness goals or simply get into better shape.

Armed with knowledge gleaned from numerous health care fields, the fitness trainer shared how he's rethinking what it means to be well.

I think w ellness is when your lifestyle is not hindered by your physicality. Everyone has different lifestyles that they want. For some people, they just want to be able to pick up their grandkids. For other people, they want to be able to do an Ironman.

I'm the kind of person who questions everything. We're taught to distance ourselves from our bodies. We're taught that there are experts who know our bodies better than we do - and that when our bodies are broken, we have to go somewhere and have it fixed.

T he fitness industry teaches people that there's an appearance to fitness - a nd that's just not true. Fitness is your capability to do something. If you want to run a marathon, there's no appearance to that. You're either fit enough to do it or you're not. I think the industry across the board is just failing, and it's because we're not being real with people.

The best advice I' ve ever received i s that people will always tell you what's going on with their body. They might not know the right words, but if you listen to them, they will tell you.

One thing I enjoy about my job is that there are always more puzzles to figure out. The oldest person we ever worked with was 93. The youngest was 12 or 13. They're people who have not found what they're looking for elsewhere.

I don't think of what I do as helping people. I think of it as giving people options they didn't know they had.

I always tell people, "Everything works." It's a matter of picking what's right for you at that time. You just need someone to look at how you're using your body. A lot of stuff is intuitive - it connects right away. When you talk with people, they're like, "Oh, yeah!" But it's stuff we've never been taught.

Three things I can't live without are air, water and food.