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Top Ten #SnapNation Personal Trainers – Part One

By: Snap Fitness

The results are in! You nominated and we delivered. Now introducing the first wave of the 2014 Snap Fitness Top Ten Trainers! Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our top trainers. Stay tuned next Friday for phase two!

 

Jennifer

Personal Trainer at Snap Fitness Blaine, MN

 

Q. Tell us about your fitness background.

A. I am NASM Certified in Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition. I am also a NANBF and NPC Bikini Competitor. I’m getting ready to compete again in October 2014 in Milwaukee, WI and again in June 2015 for a NPC National Competition. Before my fitness career, I did architecture for 15 years. I sat behind a desk and convenience snacking myself to being overweight. When the economy forced me into unemployment, the stress put me at my highest weight. I hired a trainer and started my personal weight loss journey. My trainer inspired me to want to help others like myself. So I changed my career and started training.

 

Q. Tell us about your training style.

A. It varies on the person and their goals. Total body weight training, circuit style is my most common for my weight loss client. I train body builders so I change their tempo and rest time. I like to mix things up and keep it fun and exciting so I’ll add cross fit and boot camp drills here and there.

 

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a Personal Trainer?

A. Helping people change their lives! Weight loss especially, but anyone with a dream and helping them reach it. I use my own personal experiences to relate to my clients. I have never had a job so rewarding.

 

Q. What is something you wish everyone know about health and fitness?

A. You must eat to lose! There is a basic formula to finding your right calorie intake. The 1,400-calorie diet doesn’t work for everyone. Also low carb diets don’t mean no carb diets. You must have good carbs in your diet. Nutrition is 80% of your success; whether it’s weight loss, bodybuilding or marathon running. You will never out train a bad diet. 


 

 

Kelly

Personal Trainer at Snap Fitness Longview, WA

 

Q. Tell us about your fitness background.

A. My fitness background goes back to when I was a kid growing up and playing sports. In high school and college I took every weight training and P.E course offered. In 2011 I got certified through ISSA in personal training. Then in 2013 I went through ISSA again and became a specialist in exercise therapy. Now I just began studying for my third fitness certification, which will be in fitness nutrition. I plan on continuing my education until I become an ISSA master trainer.

 

Q. Tell us about your training style.

A. My training style is busy with a lot of movement and pushing people outside of their comfort zone is the name of my game. I really enjoy teaching boot camps and group training.

 

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a Personal Trainer?

A. My favorite thing about being a personal trainer is helping people better themselves. I love watching my clients transform into a more confident, stronger and healthier versions of themselves.

 

Q. What is something you wish everyone know about health and fitness?

A. Health and fitness is a lifestyle. With eating healthy and exercising regularly you can actually prevent and possibly reverse some medical conditions and diseases. In my opinion, if there were ever a fountain of youth, health and fitness would be the first and only step needed! 


 

Kunda

Personal Trainer at Snap Fitness in Stockbridge, GA

 

Q. Tell us about your fitness background.

A. Growing up, I have always been involved in some form of athletics. I grew up doing martial arts and made my entrance into fitness industry as a martial arts instructor.  In order to become a more effective health coach, I decided that I needed to branch out from what I was familiar with and have more formalized training. That is when I obtained my first personal training certification. Upon obtaining my certification, I began working as a personal trainer and physical therapy aide at a spinal rehabilitation center for three years. As years progressed, I branched out as an independent contractor and launched my own personal training company and fitness blog.

 

Q. Tell us about your training style.

A. My training style is based on science not trends. The styles or methods I tend to incorporate are specific to the individual needs and/or capabilities of my clients. For example, if I have a client that wants to lose body fat, I tend to incorporate circuit training, interspersed with high intensity aerobic exercise. This method of training places a higher metabolic demand on the exercise participant than use of conventional strength training.

 

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a Personal Trainer?

A. My favorite thing about being a trainer is seeing my clients reach a goal or milestone in their training. I feel that our clients are as much an inspiration to us as we are to them.

 

Q. What is something you wish everyone knew about health and fitness?

A. I wish that people would not buy into all the health fads. The health industry is so giant that there is always a new fad or gimmick emerging that promises quick, easy results.  There is no quick fix, no fast results, and it certainly is not easy. What it comes down to is hard work, discipline, and consistency. Fitness is about a lifestyle transformations, not a momentary goal.”


 

Rachael

Personal Trainer at Snap Fitness Grandville, Hudsonville, Georgetown, and Zeeland, MI

 

Q. Tell us about your fitness background.

A. I have not always been a trainer, I actually attended cosmetology school and have my license in the beauty field. About two and a half years ago I was very overweight and hired a trainer myself. This began my fitness journey. Little did I know that I would want to become a trainer and help people who struggled with weight or insecurities. My trainer then asked if I would join his team at the Snap Fitness in Georgetown and I was all in! A few months later I took my NCCPT exam and started my new career. Since then I have completed two marathons, became a CrossFit Level 1 Coach and have places in competitions.

 

Q. Tell us about your training style.

A. My training style depends completely on what my client is going through that day. I never "pre-plan" a workout, due to the fact that I do not know what to expect when "Susie-Q" walks through the door. I fully believe in building a relationship with each and every one of my clients, that being said I base my "style" on their goals. If I know someone will enjoy more circuit training, that's exactly what I do. If I know someone excels in cardio but has a rough time with weights I will push them to there limits in the weight portion but give them something they "feel good/comfortable" doing that will also push them.

 

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a Personal Trainer?

A. I would have to say my favorite thing about being a personal trainer is the relationship with my clients. I get the privilege of helping them achieve something they never thought possible. I've been in their shoes and I know how much it means to have someone believe in you. I enjoy being the person that believes in them.

 

Q. What is something you wish everyone know about health and fitness?

A. This does not happen over night. The people you see in catalogs have worked day in and day out at the gym to better themselves and get to where they want to be. It is, and always has been, you against you. So keep at it! Make it happen!


 

 

Austen

Personal Trainer at Snap Fitness Pueblo West, CO

 

Q. Tell us about your fitness background.

A. In the past I played sports all year around, and if I wasn't on the field, I was in the gym trying to make myself better. Instead of pursuing my dream of playing baseball at the next level, I decided to join the military where I served in the United States Air Force. This is when I really became a gym rat, helping and motivating others around me. After the Military, my best friend from school was working in a gym, and wanted me to be one of his personal trainers, so I got certified and started training clients. This is when I truly fell in love with fitness because I was able to share my passion with others! I am now the General Manager of Focus Personal Training at Snap Fitness Pueblo West.

 

Q. Tell us about your training style.

A. Depending on the client my style changes a bit as it should for any Personal Trainer. I really love high intensity training incorporating weights, tabata, and plyometrics. The TRX is always my go to, and I would say it's my best and favorite area to train in. There is so much you can do on the TRX, it just seems there is an endless possibility, and it can be used on beginners or advanced clients. If your not using the TRX I highly suggest it.

 

Q. What is your favorite thing about being a Personal Trainer?

A. My favorite thing about being a Personal Trainer is seeing your client go through the ups and downs, but still staying with it. Seeing that smile on your clients face knowing that they can trust you to get them there results is a great feeling. Once my client sees there own results it makes me feel good, and it makes my job easier because then they are addicted as much as I am. Also teaching my clients all the knowledge that comes with fitness is one of my favorite things, because you know at the end of the day if you teach your client correctly they will teach someone else correctly, and it's and endless cycle!

 

Q. What is something you wish everyone know about health and fitness?

A. A few things, I wish everyone knew that measuring your body fat percentage is much more important than measuring your weight. It will give you a much better indicator of progress being made. You can't out train a bad diet, if you train really hard, but you still can't see any definition in your muscles nine times out of 10 your diet is off and needs to be addressed. Resistance training is one of the most effective exercises for increasing your metabolism post exercise. Resistance training has been proven to increase your metabolism up to 36 hours post exercise. One more of my favorites is everyone needs to know that your mind will quit 100 times before your body will, so train the body, and your mind will follow!

 

Make sure to check back next Friday to meet our five other Top 10 Personal Trainers!