Secrets From Local Fitness Experts 5

Trainers Share Tips of the Trade

What’s the most rewarding part of being a personal trainer?

“The most rewarding part about being a movement coach is watching the faces of clients who come to the realization that focusing on movement quality will get them the results they want and decrease injuries and increase enjoyment of exercise. If you move well, you’ll move more often!” —Tony Cress, Tony Cress Training Center

What do you use as motivation while training? (i.e., what keeps you going when you feel tired or feel like you want to quit?)

“As a yoga therapist, teacher and lifelong student of yoga, I find myself exhausted from work and slightly unmotivated at the end of the day just like anyone else.  My motivation to keep moving forward is derived from two things: The knowledge that my yoga practice continuously increases my stamina and energy while decreasing my stress level, and the reward of seeing the improved quality of life in my clients. It’s easy to step onto my mat when I know the benefits are worth my time.” —Kimberly Castello, Kimberly Castello Yoga

How do you stay mentally tough during long races like the 100-mile race you’ve done?

“I stay mentally tough by training in some of the toughest conditions. I’ll run at the hottest part of the day in the summer. I set my alarm to wake up in the middle of the night to go train. I have stayed up for 24+ hours running and training all day. I have a workout where I start at the bottom of a mountain, and I find a boulder that weighs at least 50 pounds, and I carry it to the top without setting it down. You never know what weather or conditions you will face during an event and I want to be prepared for anything.” —Ryan Cooper, Triple Dare Running Club