Posts Tagged ‘choosing a trainer’

When I decided to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry my main goal was to help others achieve and maintain optimal well being. I strive to be a role model: living a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise as well as relaxation, and delicious and nutritious foods.

When I started working at Steve Nash I connected with many wonderful clients who had a wide variety of needs and fitness goals. Although several of my clients made huge progress over the past 6 months, one client in particular took the tools presented to her and ran with them! Not only did she start making exercise a priority but she also completely changed her eating habits. I would like to share her story as I hope it inspires people that it’s never too late to make changes. This story is really about Jacqueline’s transformation from an unsatisfied and unfit woman leading an unhealthy lifestyle to the energetic and happy person she is today.

Jacqueline and I embarked upon our journey together in May of 2013. When Jacqueline arrived at the gym for her first session she was unsure about working with a fitness trainer but unhappy with her current level of fitness and in need of some guidance. We had an immediate connection and soon enough we both looked forward to meeting twice a week to train. Slowly she began to embrace exercise in a whole new way. Despite the initial aches and pains that accompany any fitness program, she pushed through and told me she felt amazing after every training session and was delighted to have had no injuries in the process; something she feared.

In the beginning there were many exercises that she struggled with but over time she got stronger. Some of her personal best accomplishments were going from 5 minutes of cardio training to doing over 30 minutes without stopping. She was also able to complete a full hour of circuit training with energy left to spare after just five months of conditioning and hard work.

One of her most important and measurable successes was her ability to performing the plank and abdominal legs lifts without any pain. Jacqueline gave birth by cesarean to her daughter 11 years ago and found that any exercises that put stress on her lower abdomen posed a challenge. In five months she went from 3 leg lifts to 12 and can now hold the plank for 60 seconds (compared to 15 back in May). Jacqueline has since made fitness a part of her life 5-6 days a week. She trains on her own 3-4 days a week in addition to her fitness training sessions twice a week.

Check out Jacqueline’s progress…
May 18, 2013 –
Age 50
Height 5’6
Weight 153 lbs.
BMI 24.8
Body Fat 36.5%

The old Jacqueline.
October 12, 2013 –

Age 50
Height 5’6
Weight 140 lbs.
BMI 22.9
Body Fat 31%

The current Jacqueline.
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This is only the beginning for Jacqueline, she is now determined to reduce her body fat to 27% or less thus increasing her lean muscle mass and in turn increasing her total fitness level. It’s been a pleasure working with this amazing, thoughtful, dedicated and inspiring woman. I hope to help Jacqueline continue on her journey to optimal health.

Not only is Jacqueline successful where her health is concerned she also runs a very well known Medi-Spa here in North Vancouver. Please visit her website for further information or to book an appointment.

I wish her the best in everything she does. Miss you Jacqueline. ❤


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It’s hard to believe I have been working towards a full-time career in the fitness training industry for nearly six years. When I embarked upon this journey and began my BC Parks and Recreation Fitness Training certification in Nelson in 2007, I immediately applied to the local recreation center and got hired on part-time. It was then I knew I wanted to pursue Personal Training as a career and was willing to do what it took to get there.

The past five years running my own fitness training business part-time and working in the organic food, vitamin and supplements industry has been great but I started to feel a pull towards my real passion for fitness so started looking at my options. With the completion of my Personal Training Certification at Infofit Educators in 2010 and graduation from Douglas College’s Sport Science program in 2012, I knew what I wanted to accomplish and set out to find the right fit.

steve nash personal trainerI am thrilled to announce that I am now working as a Personal Trainer at Steve Nash Fitness World in North Vancouver! It’s an amazing facility with a ton of equipment, a pool, sauna and many very skilled fitness trainers. I feel like a human sponge at the moment. There is so much to learn not only with policies, procedures, fitness programs and paperwork but also how to best serve the new clients I have been assigned to working with.

Past clients have described me as enthusiastic, a positive influence on their lives and someone who is always willing to go the extra mile to exceed my clients’ expectations. If you’re in the market for a Personal Trainer please stop by the club and ask for me as I am accepting new clients! I specialize in helping those new to weight training feel more confident in the gym setting, those looking to lose weight or gain muscle, and people looking for a fresh workout program.

I look forward to seeing you in the club!

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Who couldn’t use a little extra encouragement from time to time?

Elemental Fitness Personal Training offers clients just that!


I came to the realization several years ago that many people have the potential to live healthier lives but lack the motivation or skills to actually do it. That’s when working with a well educated and enthusiastic fitness trainer with whom you feel comfortable is key. Who better to hold you accountable each week, teach you proper technique and lead you down the path to success but a qualified instructor?!

Motivating others to achieve their goals is one of the main reasons I became a Personal Trainer in the first place. I live for exercise and eating healthy food; it’s truly what drives me each and everyday. But I know that not everyone shares my obsession passion. I hope to inspire and encourage my clients to set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them.

Motivation in simple terms, as it relates to health and fitness, is the basic impulse that compels us to optimize our well being in any given situation.

The motivation to perform a certain task often originates from a physical response. For example, when we’re hungry we are motivated to eat and when we’re tired we are motivated to sleep.

Far too often human beings are looking for the easiest route to maximum reward, especially when it comes to losing unwanted pounds. Whether you need motivation to aid in weight loss, to reverse ill health or to run your first 5km race, the best route to reach your goal is gradual increases, realistic goal setting and a “don’t give up!” attitude.

Motivational CD’s like this one can also help inspire you to reach new heights, be it fitness related or otherwise.

In case you hadn’t heard the news, I am now accepting clients! I’m happy to announce that I have secured a fantastic and well maintained space to offer fitness training right here in East Vancouver: Maximum Core Cardio Studio on East Hastings Street at Skeena Street. For those of you who have not worked with me before, I specialize in weight training, circuit training, nutrition coaching and encourage a holistic, balanced approach to health.

I’m full of enthusiasm, encouragement and have loads of motivation to go around!

Please contact me if you’re interested.

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This is not one of my typical blogs about health and fitness, but some good personal news I would like to share with my readers.

So far 2012 has been an extremely busy but very rewarding year. Back in January, while completing my final semester at Douglas College, it suddenly dawned on me that I was less than four months away from graduation and unclear of what exactly I was going to do for work upon finishing school (a common source of stress for most students!).

A close friend told me about a scholarship program designed to help individuals in the LGBTQ community get a business off the ground. As many of you already know, I have been working diligently for at least 3-4 years hoping to one day run my own personal training and wellness coaching business.

Although my life was pretty hectic with school, I made the time to apply for the “LOUD” Scholarship through The Gay & Lesbian Business Association of BC (GLBA), a non-profit agency in Vancouver, BC.

After a lot of ground work on my part; getting reference letters, testimonials from personal training clients, and preparing my business plan and marketing strategy, I submitted my application hoping for the best. February and March flew by so quickly I had not even given the scholarship any further thought. It was not until late April that I received an email from the Association informing me that I had been shortlisted for one of their scholarships and a phone interview had been scheduled. The interview went well, the panel of judges saw potential in my business plan and I was granted a scholarship in the amount of $1250 towards getting my business up and running.

I am ecstatic!!! All my hard work, dedication and passion for health and exercise has truly paid off.

What’s next you ask?

First, I will officially accept my award at the LOUD Gala at the end of May. Soon after, my partner and I are moving into a new suite here in East Van. And I am still getting familiar with my new full-time position as the Whole Body department’s Assistant Team Leader at the Whole Foods Market in Kitsilano. Oh yeah, and then I’m getting married in August. Yes, I have a busy summer ahead!

Ultimately, I also plan to spend this summer putting my business plans in motion: converting this blog into a fully functioning website, securing a location to run my indoor classes, and purchasing a few key pieces of fitness equipment. If all goes according to plan I may also be offering group outdoor adventure trips by this coming winter (snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking etc…). I don’t want to take on too much too soon, so we’ll see what happens!

Let me know what YOU think

My goal is to educate others interested in changing their lives through proper nutrition and exercise in a comfortable, open and friendly environment. I look forward to all that the future holds for me and Elemental Fitness Vancouver.

The moral of the story is, you can do anything you put your mind to!

Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing many of you in my classes…Kristy

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As some of you know, I recently completed a 32 hour intensive Personal Training course here in Vancouver that will soon be followed by a 3 hour written exam and 2 hour practical exam.  The course touched on everything from the business side of personal training right through to the hands on aspects such as: proper fitness testing/client assessment, postural alignment, strength training techniques, flexibility and working with special client populations.  One of most important things I walked away from this course with was a better understanding of the type of fitness trainer I want to be and the image I want to portray to the public.  I want to be credible, knowledgeable, organized and motivating!

There are so many different Personal Training certifications on the market now-a-days, that someone could take an online course with absolutely no hands on experience and call themselves a “Fitness Trainer”.  Just because someone has been a “gym rat” for 15 years and completed a weekend course, doesn’t necessarily make them good enough to work in the fitness industry, or the right trainer for you.  Although personal experience, enthusiasm, and passion for exercise & health are all important qualities to have, so is a post secondary education and ongoing training and upgrading.

When choosing a Personal Trainer be sure to ask them about their background, the type of certifications they carry and how long they’ve been in the business or field.  If the facility has several trainers to choose from be sure to connect with the person who you feel most comfortable with and who best meets your needs.  Some trainers specialize in fitness during pregnancy, others in body building or marathon running.  Whatever your needs may be, ensure you connect with the right person for you and someone who is organized, offers you their undivided attention and who is going to motivate you to meet your fitness goals.

Above all, you don’t want someone who takes a cookie-cutter approach when working with their clients, but someone who designs a program to meet your individual needs and is prepared to help you change them as needed.  The take home message of this blog is do your research before committing to or paying for the services of a fitness trainer.

I hope to complete this element of fitness training by the end of July, however the learning never really stops!  The more courses I take, books I read, and the more passionate I am- the better trainer I’ll be.

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