Rachel

Education

  • B.A. in Exercise Physiology, University of Akron
  • Graduate student at University of Notre Dame

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Boxing Instructor, Pink Gloves Boxing
  •  Spinning, Mad Dogg Athletics

Start date with RecSports

Fall, 2018

What year/month did you first become certified as a Personal Trainer?

March 2017

Fitness Philosophy

My fitness philosophy is that fitness should be an integral part of your everyday life, especially in the sense that physical activity does not always have to occur in the form of a structured work out. Making small changes to your routine, like commuting to work or class on a bike each day or taking a walk during your lunch hour, can make all the difference in reaching goals and becoming a healthier person.

Fitness Interests & Other Hobbies

I have also taught cycling and boxing classes, love hot yoga, and enjoy rock climbing and hiking!

What are your areas of specialty in personal training?

Weight loss, goal-setting, behavior change, long-distance running, and muscular endurance weight training

How do you motivate participants?

I motivate clients by setting realistic goals, regularly assessing progress with objective measures, teaching them to "own" their workouts, and constructing creative programs that keep them energized!

What has been your most rewarding moment as a trainer?

I was training a young woman who had suffered back injuries after a car accident that prevented her from running. After working together for 6-8 months, she texted me saying she had finally completed her first three mile run since the accident. Knowing I was able to help someone get back to doing something they love was extremely rewarding!

What types of clients do you normally take on?

Clients with little to no prior exercise experience, clients with weight loss goals, and clients training for a specific race or event

Where else have you worked as a Personal Trainer?

University of Akron Student Wellness & Recreation Center, Full Scale Fitness LLC, Personal Training Intern at Equinox

Why did you become a Personal Trainer?

Simply put, I became a personal trainer to equip more people to be able to do the things they want to do -- whether those goals are in the gym or in their daily lives.

What is your personal go-to workout?

A run along the St. Joseph river is always a great way to start the day!

How would you describe your personal training sessions? What type of training do you like to take your clients through?

My training sessions always start with a thorough workout. Then, I explain the focus of that day's training session (muscular endurance perhaps), and finally explain how the exercises were chosen to fit with the client's goals. My clients can also expect a bit of a science lesson during my sessions -- I love to educate my clients and make them more informed exercisers.