When Michele Silence, MA, stands in front of her group fitness class, it isn’t unusual for her to pretend she’s a dinosaur. She’s not demonstrating a new dance move, but teaching kids ages 2–6 years old the benefits of exercise. Silence teaches a structured physical education curriculum called KID-FIT that is designed to educate children about healthy lifestyle habits.
A career professional who has risen from fitness model to 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Keli Roberts sees opportunities in the industry and takes advantage of them. She enjoys talking to the masses about the benefits of exercise and, as group fitness manager for Equinox Fitness Clubs in Pasadena, California, teaches a variety of classes each week. What are her secrets? Education, hard work and practice, practice, practice.
Subject: Connie Aronson
Location: Ketchum, Idaho
Collaborating With Medical Professionals: For 14 years Aronson has worked with orthopedists and physical therapists. She now trains clients out of Koth Sports Physical Therapy. She pays rent at the clinic and does her own scheduling and billing. The clinic has a weight room she uses in addition to her own equipment, such as balls, bands, core boards and yoga props.
Subject: Janis Dorfman
Location: New York City
Clientele: Dorfman trains the patients of a top physician in New York City, many of whom have osteoporosis or osteopenia (the start of osteoporosis). The sessions include strength training, balance and posture exercises. (Clients do cardiovascular training on their own.)