personal training goes global
From India, Italy and Israel to South Africa, China and Venezuela, personal trainers boost fitness worldwide. By April Durrett
ersonal trainers across the globe share some familiar and common goals. As fitness professionals, they are dedicated to helping clients experience safe and effective workouts. As promoters of healthy living, they diligently find ways to he...
PERSONAL TRAINER PROFILE
Subject: Nicki Anderson Location: Naperville, Illinois Company: Reality Fitness Studio Experience: Tenth year as trainer; third year as owner Maverick Strategy: In 1998, I opened my own studio to work with clients intimated by the regular gym setting. The studio is not a typical health club: It is 28,000 square feet, with five private r...
Carving Out a Niche
Subjects: Cory and Ann Puckett Location: Woodbridge, Virginia Facility: Puckett Total Fitness Experience: Fifth year as trainers; third year as owners Maverick Strategy: "In January 1997," Ann says, "one of our personal training clients living in a retirement community introduced us to the community's administrator, who was building an exercise room ...
Jumping for Sport
Subject: Tim Grover Location: Chicago, Illinois Business: A.T.T.A.C.K. Athletics Experience: Fifth year as owner; 10th year as personal trainer to top athletes Hot Clients: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Alex Rodriguez, Darius Miles Maverick Approach: "Trainers might think, `My client is not a Michael Jordan,' but anyone in generally good shape can be...
Training in the Great Outdoors
Subject: Karen Martin Title: Owner Facility: BodyDesign Personal Training Experience: Third year as owner; fourth year as trainer Maverick Approach: "Today's successful personal trainers realize the importance of creativity and variety in the design of personal fitness programs," Martin explains. "Outdoor training is an excellent alternati...
Subject: Mark Cibrario Title: Owner Facility: The Trainers Club Location: Northbrook, Illinois Experience: Fourth year as owner; 13th year as trainer Maverick Approach: "My business is built around the concept that trainers work for themselves as independent contractors," Cibrario explains. "Trainers pay me a flat hourly fee of $10 for use of my fac...
In August 2014, personal trainer Lyam White learned that one of the owners of the studio where he was renting space was looking to sell. The Seattle-based location had worked well for him, and he was concerned that he might have to search for a new place to train.
“I talked to the other owner about buying in, to ensure that I would still be able to train at this location,” says White. “Additionally, my wife is a massage therapist, and it occurred to us that the space could be used to consolidate our services and offer a ‘whole body shop’ storefront.”
Jessica Matthews, MS, E-RYT, wears many hats in the fitness industry, most notably through her work as an ACE expert, a media spokesperson and a fitness blogger. She also serves as an assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego, where she teaches courses within the department of exercise science, health and nutrition. In addition to holding ACE Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach certifications, Matthews is an experienced yoga teacher, registered through Yoga Alliance.
Passion. A typical day for Justin Russ involves wrangling 30–50 high-school athletes through their daily condition- ing training. The athletes attend IMG Academy, where they undergo rigorous athletic and scholastic programs. Russ is a strength and conditioning coach responsi- ble for the development and implementa- tion of conditioning training to improve each athlete’s physical capacity and mini- mize injury risk.
Alison L. Steiber, PhD, RDN, serves as chief science officer at the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. She previously served as an associate professor and direc- tor of the coordinated dietetic internship and master’s degree program at Case Western Reserve University, where her research focused on nutritional assess- ment, quality of life, functional status, pancreatitis and probiotics.