Depending on your age or, more aptly, how old your kids are, you likely remember 20-year-old Reed Alexander as the infamous arch-nemesis "Nevel" on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show iCarly. The actor has a wide array of projects and interests these days. Chief among them is being a youth educator and role model for healthy eating and an active lifestyle, a skill set drawn from personal experience with weight loss and lifestyle change.
newsletter_teaser: Depending on your age or, more aptly, how old your kids are, you likely remember 20-year-old Reed Alexander as the infamous arch-nemesis "Nevel" on Nickelodeon’s hit TV show iCarly. The actor has a wide array of projects and interests these days. Chief among them is being a youth educator and role model for healthy eating and an active lifestyle, a skill set drawn from personal experience with weight loss and lifestyle change.
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.
Needing change. One of the most common reasons people work with a personal trainer is to lose weight. Not for Katie. By age 29, she had devoted countless hours to becoming a successful real estate agent on Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was rewarded for her efforts with professional and financial success but at the expense of her physical and emotional health. The young entrepreneur had become overstressed, overworked and underrested, and knew she needed a change.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.