Why did you want to be a trainer?
Physical and mental health is something I have always valued. Since high school I have consistently worked with personal trainers and understood that hard work always brings results. I played sports year-round since I was able to walk and talk, so being active has always been a big part of my life. I was a psychology major at the University of Georgia and after studying mental health for 4 years, it was apparent to me that physical and mental health are correlated. I also understand that physical activity does not come easy for everyone, and it can be a bit scary for those who may have not grown up around it. Maybe it’s your first time, maybe you have just been out of touch for a few years. Whatever it may be, everyone has a story and a starting point. It is so important to have a healthy mind, heart, and body and it can add years to your life. I decided to get my personal training certification in anticipation of guiding others to a healthier, longer, happier life.
What kind of certification do you have and from where?
I chose the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) program because it was an extensive, thorough class that covered all of the bases…from human anatomy to disease. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. which can be avoided by adding 30 minutes of physical activity daily to your routine.
What do you like most about being a trainer?
My favorite part about being a trainer is seeing people change, not so much physically, but mentally. It’s amazing to see someone’s confidence explode because they crossed a line they never thought they could cross. Working out not only creates physical strength, but it creates mental strength as well. To see people get both physically and mentally stronger is the whole purpose of my job. Prior to this, I sold software in the busy city life in Atlanta, Georgia and I think I was taking a lot more than I was giving. While those were never my intentions at the time, looking back on it makes me feel that way. I like having a job that isn't all about my goals, hitting my monthly quota, my stress, etc. It's about someone else’s goals, and someone else feeling accomplished & stronger both mentally and physically. To me, that is what life is all about!
What is the hardest part of being a trainer?
The hardest part about being a trainer is seeing people get discouraged and quit. We have all been in a place where we don’t feel like we have accomplished what we had wanted to, or we aren’t seeing results fast enough. It’s easy to throw in the towel, but the real beauty of training is overcoming this discouragement and challenge and proving to yourself that you can and will do it. The hardest part of a workout is getting to the gym. Once you set foot in the gym, it’s all downhill and you are 1 step closer to feeling good about yourself for the day, the week, the month, etc. It’s fun to feel like you have earned your dinner, earned your shower, earned your cheat meal (whatever it may be)…for me it’s a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate! It makes it all worth it in the end!
Do you specialize in a particular field of training?
I have a true passion for indoor cycling and am also a spin instructor. I first hopped on a stationary bike at age 15, and since then have been spinning consistently. Something about the loud music in a dark room allows me to tune everything out for that brief part of my day and focus on inner toughness and strength. Getting in tune with the music and letting yourself go for an hour a day can really turn your day around.
At what age do you feel personal training is beneficial?
Personal Training is beneficial at any age. It doesn’t matter if you are 5 years old or 95 years old, there are workouts that can be done at all ages depending on your specific goals. Personal Training is not about the trainer, it’s about the client. If you start at a young age, that may set the pace for a more active lifestyle ahead. If you start in your later years, it could add a few more years onto your life! It doesn’t matter when you start, it just matters that you do!
What can I expect from my first visit with you?
With a new client, we sit down together to get to know each other and discuss any medical history & injuries before performing a physical assessment. I pay close attention to their goals and then do a full review to make sure we have covered everything before we get started. It is important that the client knows and understands this workout is for them and them only. I make sure that my client knows and feels that their session with me will be 100% devoted to them and my attention and focus is on helping them reach their next goal.
Is there anything else I should know about you?
The only other thing you should know about me is that if you have a pet, please bring them in to say hello to me! :)
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