Shawn Fears enjoys proving that nothing is impossible. He has had shoulder surgery, three epidurals for a herniated disk and two knee surgeries. Despite these setbacks, he set a personal record of back-squatting 420 pounds.
Patti Komara, gymnastics expert and owner of Patti’s All-American, opened her first fitness-based preschool in 1969. The center now has six schools: Tumblebear Gym, Karate, School-Age Champion Gymnastics, The Dance Connection, The Swim Connection and Gym-N-Learn Educational Preschool. She teaches kids aged 1–18 to have fun with fitness.
“I believe that no one is too busy for fitness or healthy eating—it’s just a matter of learning the basics and practicing them until they become routine,” explains Luci Gabel, founder and CEO of LuciFit LLC. Luci prides herself on the high standards she has set for herself and believes others will succeed if they do the same. “Be the best professional you can be.
“I love my work. I love inspiring my clients. I love their success. I am so thankful I am in this industry,” says Sue D’Alonzo, a fitness industry veteran of 32 years. Sue is a personal trainer, co-owner of Pinole Valley Boot Camp and owner of SueDFIT Workout. She has had some of her clients for more than 20 years and claims that their dedication is what has given her such a great business. She enjoys teaching classes outdoors and challenging her clients. Sue also encourages others to follow their passion. “If it’s not feeling right, change it,” Sue says.
Chanelle White created her business, Be Well with Chanelle, a health coaching and Pilates practice, to help others work through the life struggles that she once faced. While aligning her passion with her career, Chanelle was able to make a better life for herself.
“It is our obligation to empower the clients we serve with all the necessary and key tools needed for long-term success and longevity in health, fitness and wellness,” says Daniel Omokha. He personally accomplishes this by frequently attending fitness conferences and workshops to “learn and pick up ideas from the best in the world.”
Mac Dodds and his wife, Tina, started their business, Good Life Fitness, “to help people put their intentions into action by increasing awareness of and supporting the practice of healthy behaviors until they become a way of life.” They promote a healthy and fitness lifestyle by focusing on education, demonstration, and involvement.
Kellie Walters was introduced to the fitness world at a young age. Her mother was a group fitness instructor and took Kellie with her to her aerobic and step classes instead of leaving her with a babysitter.
How can Pilates help clients make critical transitions in their lives? For this issue, we talked to Pilates instructors and their clients about how Pilates training has helped them through times of change.newsletter_teaser: How can Pilates help clients make critical transitions in their lives? For this issue, we talked to Pilates instructors and their clients about how Pilates training has helped them through times of change.