Personal Trainer: Eric Taylor, owner, Taylor Made Training
Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia
Origin. At age 67, Carol Ann knew she needed help. She longed to improve her health and fitness, but a dysfunction in her gait produced a significant roadblock. She’d made little progress with physical therapists and doctors, so she decided to try a new approach: personal training.
“I met with Carol Ann about 6 months ago,” explains Eric Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Training. “She was very nervous and apprehensive for two reasons: One, she had been to physical therapists and doctors and had not had much success; two, she had never had a trainer before.”
Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and media personality Bobby Flay has turned his intense focus to a new project: Bobby Flay Fit, a seven-episode Web series in which he serves up recipes, workouts and tips based on his own experience and philosophy about healthy eating and fitness.
Diane Buchta has face polio, breast cancer and a tumor in her femur, but has never lost her passion for fitness. Overcoming the surgery on her femur was difficult for Diane because she could not walk, run or do much of anything for 6 months.
Exercise can be hard. Sedentary people are often worried that the intensity will be too much, while longtime exercisers may need to revamp their motivation from time to time. For both populations, the passion, innovation and skill of veteran fitness pros are crucial.
“I work tirelessly to provide my clients, friends, family and social media contacts with training and health and fitness information, as well as encouraging them to believe in themselves and take pride in who they are,” says personal trainer Kurt Gillon. He does this through concentrating on his education and on working with his clients to get them the results they want.
As someone who has had her own struggles along her fitness journey and successfully lost 30 pounds, studio owner Kristen Mercier can really empathize with clients. “I find that [clients] often have this preconceived notion that fitness professionals are born thin and buff,” she said.
“I believe that fitness is a journey, not a destination,” says Michael Siler, managing director of KinetiCore Fitness. “I focus on inspiring the present journey, one person at a time.” He does this by helping others discover the value in sustainable solutions and lifelong wellness. “I believe that we should all find personal victory in each moment spent living life well, and that exercise and nutrition should not be isolated incidences of an attempt at being healthy but rather critical elements of a life being lived well,” Michael says.
“By working at the forefront, it is my hope to prevent the early onset of many medical conditions,” says Marla Brackman, personal trainer and health coach, on her decision to choose a career in personal training over one in physical therapy. She focuses on learning a client’s passions and applying those to her programs. “By striving to create a fun and effective exercise program that reaches beyond the gym doors, I can connect exercise to the client’s ability to [follow his or her passion],” Marla says.
“If you are as happy and healthy as possible, the natural outcome is a feeling of flourishing and the quiet confidence that you can handle the world with an authentic ‘I love life’ attitude,” Julie Kaminski believes. Julie, a certified Wellcoach, works with clients to improve all aspects of their lives, including their home environment. She combines counseling, coaching, training and teaching to bring her clients the most knowledge and help she can offer. She enjoys seeing clients’ “light-bulb” moments when things click, and they walk away with something they can use forever.
Helping herself to help another.Many individuals seek guidance from a personal trainer in the hope of achieving a goal such as losing weight, improving energy level or building self-esteem. Steffani wanted all of those things, but she also had another person in mind when she decided to work with Mark Krug, owner of ProXercise in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her 19-year-old son, Josh, has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. He weighs about 100 pounds; moving him in and out of his wheelchair posed quite a challenge for Steffani.