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...
A longtime athlete who found himself constantly falling prey to injury, Greg Roskopf, MA, created a new approach to recovery called Muscle Activation TechniquesTM. The process, which helps to identify unique causes of muscle tightness and weakness in order to remedy them, has been used by professional athletes playing for the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets, as well as a wide range of other clients.
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.
Michele Stanten, a walking coach and ACE Certified Professional, has been motivating people to be more active for over 20 years. As the former fitness director of Prevention magazine, she cre- ated a marathon walking program that helped thousands of readers to walk full and half marathons and, perhaps more importantly, to transform their lives. Now a freelance writer and walking coach, Stanten is the author of Firm Up in 3 Weeks and Walk Off Weight, coau- thor of Walk Your Butt Off! and creator of MyWalkingCoach.com.
Starting with the basics. Personal trainer Jamal Younis first met 38-year-old Jessica in August 2014. Jessica, a former competitive collegiate swimmer, suffered from a degenerative disk disease, which had resulted in three surgeries to address the issue. Post physical therapy, she decided that in order to keep her back healthy she’d need to continue with a structured training program. She met Younis through a friend of his who was also a personal trainer.