Personal Trainer: Marc Coronel, owner of Open Mind Fitness
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
Rewriting History. At 12 years of age, Aja was becoming one of the many overweight and obese children in the U.S. He preferred the PlayStation to playing outside, and the only movement he experienced was during physical education class at school. But that didn’t seem enough to combat his relative inactivity and fondness for sweets.
Personal Trainer: Austin Gregory Johns, CCS, president, San Clemente Health & Fitness Network
Location: San Clemente, California
Quality Assessments. Austin Gregory Johns, CCS, president of San Clemente Health & Fitness Network, is an advocate for fitness assessments. They are necessary to uncover potential limitations, but they also serve to develop trust between client and trainer, he says.
Client: Chris Personal Trainer: Laurel Blackburn, owner, Boot Camp Fitness and Training <Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Inspiring the Inspirer. Laurel Blackburn, owner of Boot Camp Fitness and Training, first observed her future client, Chris, while coaching Special Olympics Track & Field. “He wasn’t much of a runner, but I was amazed and inspired by his efforts,” Blackburn recalls. “He always pushed himself to run faster.”
Client: Ryan Mackin Personal Trainer: Nick Tumminello, CSCS, owner of Performance University Location: Baltimore
Going Pro. Ryan Mackin is no stranger to competition. In high school and college, he was a high-ranking wrestler. After finishing college, Mackin became a high-school wrestling coach. Still yearning to compete, he set his sights on becoming a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
Client: Elizabeth Personal Trainer: Massiel MirandaLocation: Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Miami Time for Change. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved sweets,” says Elizabeth, a 32-year-old therapist from Miami. “I’ve always been ‘chubby.’” As a child, she preferred playing with dolls and watching movies over outdoor physical activity.
Client: RayPersonal trainer: Julie Lombardo, owner, Sweet Success Personal TrainingLocation: Chino Hills, California
Making the switch. In 2005, now 80-year-old Ray suffered a hemorrhagic stroke that resulted in numbness on the left side of his body. Interested in improving function and fitness, he sought the guidance of physical therapists. Eventually, he was forced to give up treatment because his insurance coverage had reached its maximum.