First let me start off with my qualifications. I've been a personal trainer for 4 years with a large corporate gym. I'm certified though NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and I'm also certified through Apex for nutritional & supplement education. This qualifies my programs to be approved Level 1 weight control programs and in compliance with goals and recommendations of the American Dietetic Association for weight management.
Prior to becoming a personal trainer, I worked in chiropractic for 4 years. I studied Chiropractic Biophysics as a C.A. and I apply rehab & biomechanical education to my workout programs. I also did patient fitness programs to restore function to the body, and for weight loss to help with joint pain. I became certified through Pneumex, a physical therapy technique that helped to correct scoliosis, improved neurological function for those who had suffered trauma (like a stroke)and also used it for improving sports performance.
While in high school, I played soccer and ended up coaching for a kids team for a few seasons. I've trained clients for marathons in power walking, running, cycling and swimming. I've also trained guys for baseball, lacrosse, soccer, mountain biking, rock climbing, martial arts. I don't train anyone for body building or fitness competitions.
My own sports obsessions are hiking with my husband and kids, mountain biking, rock climbing and really, any outdoor sport.
I've had many successes with my clients, from loosing 80 lbs in 6 months, to recovery after hip replacement surgery in only 3 weeks. I myself had lost 30 lbs in 2 months, my husband lost close to 90 lbs in a year. I now can add my post-pregnancy success as well.
Along with specialized workout programs, I also have a passion for nutrition. In my years of training and studying fad diets, I've found out what works and what doesn't. I've developed my own signature nutrition plan. It's a unique plan that is tailored to the individual. I base it off of a persons Resting Metabolic Rate. With that number, I then figure out how many calories an individual needs to achieve their fitness goal. Once I've figured out the caloric total, I balance the macronutreints (carbs, protein, fat) in every meal and throughout the day. I incorporate balance with the glycemic index as well. It's been a very successful plan for myself and many, many dedicated clients.
I started this blog for a few reasons. Before I became a parent, my passion in life was everything fitness related. That soon changed when my son was born. Even though I got myself back into shape 3 months post-partum, fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans, my own motivation was lost.
A friend emailed me asking for a workout program. I was flattered and thrilled to help someone out again. In developing her a virtual fitness plan and in essence becoming her cyber trainer, my motivation is back. I feel that spark of excitement knowing that I'm helping to change someones life for the better. It's amazing!
With that motivation and her help, I've decided to attempt to work from home, developing plans for people all over the world. I also want this to be source of useful information, so I will frequently post health and fitness tips.
It's a great time to learn something new, change your life and the health of your family!