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When and why did you become a trainer?
I was 12 years old when I stepped in the gym. I decided I wanted to be a bodybuilder. At 15 years old, I entered my 1st bodybuilding show. Now 48, I just competed in the NPC Masters Nationals. I have always had a passion for fitness and helping others achieve their individual fitness goals.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
My clients would probably say I’m motivational, fun, determined, silly at times and most importantly, encouraging.
What made you choose the IFPA?
I learned about the IFPA through 2 close friends of mine. They seemed more knowledgeable than the average trainer and they directed me to the IFPA.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
I like to encourage and motivate my clients. I believe it’s good to change the workouts around when needed in order to avoid reaching a plateau. Also really understanding your client’s goals and customizing the best fitness plan to attain them. I’m a firm believer in practicing what I preach so make sure I live a life that represents a healthy fitness lifestyle.
If you have taken more than one course, what has been your favorite certification course?
I have taken the Personal Trainer course and the Sports Medicine course. My favorite was definitely the Sports Medicine, I have worked as a medical assistant most of my life and it was perfect to know the body from the inside out and how things work to optimize the best results even after an injury.
What is your best success story?
My best success story honestly comes from my heart. I have trained many people, even competitors. However I homeschooled my 3 children and my oldest daughter, age 20, entered her 1st fitness show this year and placed 2nd. I remember bringing her and my other 2 kids to the gym when she was 12.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
I plan on doing this the rest of my life, growing my business and motivating others to live a healthy lifestyle.
What is your best advice to someone just starting in the business?
My advice to someone starting out is, be patient. Good things come to those who work hard. Never give up. Quitting lasts forever and you were built for greatness.
From 17 yrs old on left in the Teenage USA, to present 48 in the NPC Masters Nationals. Always a natural athlete!