Meet Some Outstanding Members Who Inspire the World to Fitness®!
Member Since 2006
Santa Monica, California
Shirley Brown, personal trainer and manager of O2 MAX, knows full well that fitness is always a possibility no matter what the physical—or mental—limitation might be. “I began lifting weights when I was a teenager, because running and cardio activities were problematic due to my asthma,” she says. “I got stronger from lifting weights, which made everything easier.” Exercise has greatly improved Shirley’s quality of life, and she feels obligated to share this knowledge with others. She also believes that her enjoyment from living a healthy lifestyle sets her apart from many others. “I know that I am going to live a healthier and longer life than those who have yet to find exercise and activity.”
Member Since 2002
“Never underestimate the work of a great trainer!” says personal trainer and reflexologist Dana Esposito. “Speaking firsthand as a former client, I had always been a gym rat but I had never ventured into anything beyond what I thought was possible.” Hindered by asthma, Dana credits her personal trainer with helping her push past barriers and inspiring her to join the cause. “My trainer creatively pushed me beyond my comfort level. Now I compete in triathlons and own a fitness studio where I can influence others,” she says. Having experience with a top-notch trainer helped form Dana’s own motivational style. “I create individualized programs that are tailored to clients’ needs, wants and—most importantly—personalities.”
If you would like to be featured in this section or know an IDEA member who stands out in the fitness crowd, e-mail a brief description of your (or your colleague’s) fitness activities and achievements and a high-resolution digital photograph (at least 300 dpi, in focus, well-lit and at least 3″ x 3″ in its original digital format) to Ryan Halvorson, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your IDEA member number, if possible. You (or the colleague) must be an IDEA member to be considered for this section.