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Anita Pressman

When and why did you become a trainer?

I knew when I was probably 4 yrs of age I wanted to work in the Fitness industry.  I just didn’t know how to go about it at such a young age.  At that time, I’d love to go to Jack La Lanne (a very popular gym in the 70’s) and observe everyone working out as I looked on from the kids club my mother had left me in.  At that time I was already involved with classical Ballet and tap.

What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?

My clients would describe me as as committed, compassionate, fun, caring, innovative, creative, inspiring, challenging, responsive to their needs and healing.  I always leave my clients with a big warm hug and thanking them for doing something wonderful for themselves.

What made you choose the IFPA?

I chose IFPA for my certification because at the time I was working in a gym where all the trainers had that certification. Plus I love all the on going education IFPA has to offer.

How do you keep your clients motivated?

I never want my clients to get bored so I’m constantly challenging them by changing up their workouts. One day it maybe boxing moves combined with Pilates and Stretching, then the next day it could be a circuit/boot camp style.  When my clients lift weights, I make sure they are benefiting by incorporating more body parts.  For example..if there on a bench doing a chest press or flies, I will incorporate hip raises to get the core involved. Or if their doing walking lunges, I’ll add a shoulder press.

If you have taken more than one course, what has been your favorite?

I’m currently studying on becoming a Tai Chi instructor.  This means a lot to me.  My best success story is probably my own.  Even though I have others on my website you can read about.  I lost my boyfriend last year to a suicide.  The affects that has on ones body and mind are indescribable.  I found that taking Tai Chi can help relax the mind and body.  I’m a firm believer in mind/body connection.  We should all take care of our mind, body and soul. Exercise is a must in life!  I’ve never heard anyone say “I wish I didn’t workout today.”

Three years ago I was rear ended, which left my car totaled..Had I had not had great core strength at the time, I may not be here today. My physical strength allowed  me to take that hit from behind the wheel, where I was just sitting in my car alone, parked ready to put the keys in. I grabbed the steering wheel and pushed my lower body into the seat, where I was able to take that hit. So, not only is exercise the best drug in town, it also may one day save your life.

What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?

I think being confident and having a great attitude stands me out from other trainers.. I’m always on time, look the part and give each session as if it’s their first!

How do you envision growing your personal training business?

I plan on training til I can’t anymore.  I’m taking it into my senior years. Seniors are probably the ones that need training the most.  As we age we lose our balance, center of gravity, core strength and suffer with postural problems.

What is your best advice to someone just starting in the business?

For someone new just starting out in this business, I’d like to say if Health and Fitness are your passion and your not shy,  you will have a successful career as a Fitness Trainer.

Anita Pressman
www.anitapressman.net
(646) 325-5518