April PT Client Highlight - Kim

(For Reference, ATF: ASPIRE Total Fitness | K: Kim)

1.) ATF: What was your motivation to begin personal training with Amanda?

K: I’ll admit that my motivation comes from part vanity but also part necessity to maintain a strong body. I am in a bit of a “battle” against the progression of rheumatoid arthritis and seeing patients in the waiting room of my rheumatologist’s office is very motivating. 

 

2.) ATF: What was your first training session like?

K: I’ve had two other personal trainers in the past and they tended to baby me. I only realize this now because Amanda does not baby me and that is why I have never felt stronger or been more fit in my life. She started me out with harder work than I had experienced in the past.  But if I can do it, believe me anyone can! I am very grateful for Amanda and her style and expertise. She is very knowledgeable in her profession...I trust her and I know she wants only the best for me. She’s the first person I interact with on several mornings of each week and you have to really like/love someone you spend that much time with!! She’s great!

3.) ATF: Do you remember how sore you were the first week? Or was it not too bad?

K: I don’t recall my first week soreness but feeling a little sore always makes me feel the workout was a success, so I don’t mind! 

 

4.) ATF: How man-days per week do you train? How many days per week do you workout in between?

K: I try to do two days of training and three workouts. That’s my max.

 

5.) ATF: Which classes do you take at ASPIRE? What does your typical weekly workout regimen look like?

K: Two days of GRIT, two days of PT, and one day of BodyPump is the goal. Saturday mornings with Krisha!! No better way to start the weekend!

6.) ATF: How has your nutrition mindset changed? What kind of nutrition program has Amanda recommended for you? How has your food impacted your fitness goals?

K: Over the three years at ASPIRE, (and with Amanda’s nutrition guidance) I have, at times, adhered to meal plans with strict self-control.  When I do this, I see great results!

 

7.) ATF: What has been the most rewarding part of your success?

K: I would recommend to anyone, that committing to a fitness regimen is ALWAYS worth the extra time and effort!  We all hear about the benefits; mood, outlook, self-image, positive feelings of self-worth, stamina, etc., and it is TRUE.  I have learned that for me, the best way to approach it, is to make up your mind that you will succeed at staying committed and if you do that, you don’t have to think about anything else.  All the above benefits will just happen!

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March PT Client Highlight - Trisha

(For Reference, ATF: ASPIRE Total Fitness | T: Trisha)

1.) ATF: What was your motivation to begin personal training with Krisha?

T: I started personal training because my husband's work had a fancy holiday party. I just went to try on some fancy dresses, and they didn't fit at all! That was the final straw for me. I knew Krisha, and called her for advice. Next thing you know, I was in personal training! 

 

2.) ATF: What was your first training session like?

T: I was nervous. I had no idea what to expect. I just knew everything was about to change, and I had no idea how. I don't remember everything about my first visit, but I do know we went over what to eat, how much, and how often. I didn't used to eat horribly, but I was eating all wrong, and skipping meals. It was eye opening. 

 

3.) ATF: Do you remember how sore you were the first week? Or was it not too bad?

T: I was SORE! It was hard to go up and down our stairs, sit to go to the bathroom, let alone get up! Haha! I had to remind myself, it was a good thing! This meant things were changing, in a good way. I am not ever that sore anymore, I can move! 

 

4.) ATF: How man-days per week do you train? How many days per week do you workout in between?

T: I train 2 days a week with Krisha, then work out 4 days a week on my own. I have one day off. I train hard with Krisha with weights, and one day on my own. The other days are cardio. 

 

5.) ATF: Which classes do you take at ASPIRE? What does your typical weekly workout regimen look like?

T: Two training days at ASPIRE, then the rest on my own. I have taken BODYPUMP there before, and would look at going back to that if in the future, I cut back a day with personal training.

 

6.) ATF: How has your nutrition mindset changed? What kind of nutrition program has Krisha recommended for you? How has your food impacted your fitness goals?

T: Nutrition is huge! Making sure I eat protein first thing in the morning is a big deal. I never did before. I eat lots of protein and veggies. Some complex carbs before workouts and after. It has been so helpful to have her to answer questions. I don't feel like I am doing it all on my own!

7.) ATF: What has been the most rewarding part of your success?

T: I am 41 and I had kids, so I understand how over time, life gets busy and slowly the weight comes on. It is tough to start personal training, but SO worth it. I absolutely love my trainer! I would and have recommended Krisha as well as ASPIRE to others. My husband saw such a difference, and came along with me on this journey. It helps to have him with me. Our oldest daughter has also started training with Krisha. It is becoming a family thing and I want my kids to learn so they can lead healthy lifestyles!

November PT Client Highlight - Serbrina

  

(For Reference, ATF: ASPIRE Total Fitness | S: Serbrina)

1) ATF: What was your motivation to begin personal training with Amanda?

S: I began training with Amanda September 2015, one month before my foot reconstruction surgery.  Hiring Amanda has been one of the smarter decisions I have made.  My fitness before my surgery was on a downhill slide and I knew after my foot surgery it would only get worse without help.  Amanda has improved my fitness level dramatically in the last year even with months of foot recovery.  She also has been very helpful to me on an emotional level.  I have had some real “pity party” days when I felt my foot was never going to get well or one of my, “I’m too old for this and what was the point” days.  She has been a good listener, kind, patient, supportive, and has kept me motivated through it all.  Amanda knows her stuff.  I have stayed injury-free because she has improved my form when working out and has kept me consistent.  She has helped me feel so much better about myself because I feel good physically and, therefore, mentally I feel better about myself and life in general.

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2) ATF: What was your first training session like?

S: My memory is a bit vague about that first day but I think I was hopeful it was a smart decision and that my expectations of Amanda would be met.  The first day as I remember was about establishing where I was fitness wise, what I was wanting to achieve and what goals I had such as being able to run a race, etc.  I was weighed and measured and we did a light workout.

 

 3) ATF: Do you remember how sore you were the first week? Or was it not too bad?

S: I was sore but not, “I can’t lift my toothbrush to my mouth,” or, “sit down on the toilet seat without wanting to scream,” kind of sore.  Amanda was very careful and methodical on increasing my workout regime so that I would not get over trained and become susceptible to injury.

 

 4) ATF: How many days per week do you train? How many days per week do you workout in between?

S: I train 2 days a week and I do classes 3 to 4 days a week.

 

5)  ATF: Which classes do you take at ASPIRE? What does your typical weekly workout regimen look like?

S: I take BODYPUMP, Barre, TRX Bootcamp, Yoga, and BODYFLOW.  In the near future I want to incorporate more of the cardio type classes such as BODYSTEP, BODYATTACK, and HIIT into my workout schedule.

 

6)  ATF: How has your nutrition mindset changed? What kind of nutrition program has Amanda recommended for you? How has your food impacted to your fitness goals?

My nutrition has not changed a great deal.  Amanda has helped me balance my Macronutrients so that I get the most benefit from nutrition.  I use the My Fitness Pal app to track my food intake which Amanda approves of.  I mostly follow, 80%, the Paleo diet.  When I stay true to the Paleo diet I feel better.  Since I have been Paleo, all my annual checkup numbers, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. have improved and are now good to excellent.

 

7) ATF: What has been the most rewarding part of your success?

S: I think the message I would like to share is that you are never too old to start a fitness program and that for those who are young, if you care for your body now, it will serve you well into your senior years.  I know for a fact the saying “Use it or lose it” is very true.  You have to consistently exercise and eat well to continue to thrive as you age.  You do not want to suddenly realize you cannot get up off the floor without help.  It can happen sooner than you think it will.  For me, my success had been regaining and maintaining my fitness and I am planning next year for my 59th birthday to hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim!

 

9) ATF: Final thoughts?

S: Aspire is a wonderful place to go every day.  It has a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere.  All of the instructors are so positive, professional, and helpful.  I’m always promoting it to everyone because I know how much they will enjoy and benefit from going there.  I know how much I have.  Thank you.

"Serbrina's goal is to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim on her 59th birthday next year!"

"Serbrina's goal is to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim on her 59th birthday next year!"

Serbrina shows up to every session with a positive attitude ready to work!!! In a cast or not always smiling ready to tackle any workout I have in store for her. She has been training with me 2x a week for almost a year and a half now and hardly ever misses a session! Her dedication to her health and fitness is inspiring! Not only does she train with me 2x a week she takes classes on the days she does not see me, does her cardio and focuses on eating a healthy balanced diet. Aside from her dedication, she has made some serious progress over the last year and a half! Serbrina started to train with me right before a major foot and calf surgery. Right after her surgery still in a cast she was right back to training 2x a week (dedication again I know ). Going from having foot/ calf surgery to heavy deadlifting, heavy box squats, squat jumps, lunges, step ups etc... and being one of the strongest women I know to me is so inspiring!!!! I am so proud of Serbrina and so thankful for such a determined dedicated client!  - Amanda (Personal Trainer)