What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When I meet a new client, we do a complimentary health consultation first. This allows you to get to know me and ask questions, and it allows me to evaluate your goals and make sure that I am the right person to help you with your goals. It's really just for us to get to know each other and make you feel comfortable with me - no strings attached!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am constantly reading articles, magazines and research in the fitness field. I take certifications and study courses whenever possible. Most recently, I signed up to take a TRX certification to learn how to train clients using a suspension system. I thrive on learning more about the cutting edge of fitness!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I never had a healthy relationship with working out and eating. When I was a teenager, I battled body image and eating issues, yo yo dieting, and in college gained over 30 lbs. Exercise to me was a punishment for a bad day of eating. I was not happy with myself.
After college, I decided to take control of my health and started eating healthier and walking. I started doing different fitness programs to work my way up and improve and lo and behold, I lost the 30 lbs but gained a positive body image and self esteem. I became confident and realized, hey, if I can do this for myself imagine what it would feel like to help others do. And that's how I got here! I love helping other people take control of their health and seeing the opportunities it can open up for them.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure when hiring a personal trainer or a health coach that you feel a genuine connection to them. You have to trust them because you will be sharing a lot of personal information with them. Also, make sure they seem passionate about what they are doing as trainers and coaches! Their passion will fuel your motivation. You also want to make sure that they can relate to where you are coming from and work with you where you are. For example, if they are focused on bodybuilding and you are new to fitness, make sure that they will be able to train you on a beginner level. Also, get to know their own health & fitness goals and practices! Of course make sure they are also insured and certified to be doing what they are doing!