“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.
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 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.
“I have always put the ‘personal’ in training, whether it be group fitness or one-on-one,” says fitness specialist Janet Weller. She believes that this is the reason most of her clients have been with her for more than 30 years.
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.