Why did you want to be a trainer?
I played sports in high school and in college. I got a BS in Health Science, Health Administration. However, I didn't realize until after the fact that I did not like the admin side of health. I spent the last 5 years of my life working for something I hated. I worked at a few gyms in college and admired the trainers, but thought I couldn't do that. I finally got my personal training certification with a couple of friends but never used it. I felt like a fraud. I wasn't super strong, I couldn't run at a fast pace for miles, and I wasn't an overweight girl who found the secret to losing weight. I just liked being in the gym, challenging myself, lifting what I could lift, learning new things and taking care of myself.
What kind of certification do you have and from where?
I have an ACE personal training certification, PIYO certication and Kettle certification. The ACE certification is NO JOKE! lol I got a giant text book to study from and had to pass the hardest test I've ever taken. No pressure! I'm very proud to have this certification and it requires continuing education credit (CEC) every 2 years. In February 2017, I got to go to a fitness conference in New York to get all of my CEC's.
What do you like most about training?
I love helping people is such a cliche answer, but it's true! To be there when someone hits their goal weight or size, or performs an exercise they couldn't do before, or has become pain free, or has that AHA moment; THESE are the special moments that I get to be a part of, that I help someone achieve. It is a high like no other!
Do you specialize in a particular field of training?
Not yet. I know it's important to have a niche and to be extremely knowledgeable at a few things instead of knowing a little bit of everything. In order to do that, I want to train all types, ages, gender, and physical ability to find what I'm best at.
At what age do you feel personal training is beneficial?
There is a need for physical activity at all ages. Let's face it, there's no fountain of youth, but working out helps! For youth I recommend fun, playful activities. If there's a teenager who plays sports and wants to get stronger, I suggest getting a personal trainer or strength coach so they don't get injured. Also, our impressionable youth are targeted with all kinds of unhealthy items that are leading to the obesity epidemic, so having a personal trainer to help them set appropriate goals and assist them in their weight loss efforts would be ideal. And who knows, maybe they will find a passion for a fit lifestyle and increase their confidence!
What is your view of supplements?
Yes, you should get most vitamins, nutrients, protein and antioxidants from food, but you might be in the kitchen all day prepping, cooking and cleaning. So I say if there's evidence something works, let's talk about it!
What can I expect from my first visit with you?
Your free consultation includes us getting to know each other. I'll ask questions and listen to you. Injuries, goals, have you ever been a member of another gym, what are your expectations from me, etc. From there I will devise a specific plan suited to get you results.
Is there anything else I should know about you?
Soapbox time! It is so hard for the average person, with little time and knowledge, who's constantly bombarded with all the shiny new objects in the fitness industry, to know what's best for them. It might seem boring, but taking a step back and starting with the fundamentals and following through with a program, from beginning to end, is in the long run going to show the best results for the longest amount of time.
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