“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.
“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.
“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.
At 92, Rancho La Puerta Spa and Golden Door Spa founder Deborah Szekely is not only going strong, but she is spearheading a new project that honors her activist roots. Entrepreneur, James Beard– nominated author, former diplomat, and organic gardening pioneer, Szekely has established Wellness Warrior, a onestop news source for updates and analysis of the latest health issues (many of which focus on food and nutrition), petitions and advocacy.