Samantha F.

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Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science - Fitness from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse
  • Master of Arts in Sport Management from Western Michigan University (in progress)

Certifications

  • Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Instructor - Yoga Alliance
  • Zumba Basic and Zumba Gold - Zumba Fitness
  • Pilates Mat - AAAI-ISMA
  • Group Cycling - AAAI-ISMA
  • INSANITY - Beachbody

Start date with RecSports

Spring, 2018

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

April 2017

Fitness Philosophy

Train for life.

Fitness Interests & Other Hobbies

Yoga & Barbell resistance training

What are your areas of specialty in personal training?

Resistance training

How do you motivate participants?

I always want to build a strong foundation of trust and support with my clients, first and foremost. I tend to have very open and honest dynamics with my clients which allows me to see deeper into the person and find what motivation style they prefer. Some people like it when trainers talk a lot, some don't like constant feedback. I think motivational preferences in the training session depend on the client. One constant, though, is that I like to track progress. As long as the client agrees, I like to do baseline assessments so that we can track progress over time which is extremely motivating to know that you're getting closer to reaching your goals.

What has been your most rewarding moment as a trainer?

My most rewarding moment in training came from an undergraduate class that prepared us to be personal trainers. My friend and I were paired with a 61-year-old male. We always ended our sessions with our favorite part of the day, and it was about the seventh or eighth session when he said that this highlight of the day: "I didn't think students would care this much about me and my goals." I think back to that moment all the time when I'm training and hope that all of my clients feel the same way - that I am just as invested in their success as they are and I'm always on their team.

What types of clients do you normally take on?

General population, nothing specific

Where else have you worked as a Personal Trainer?

Western Michigan University

Why did you become a Personal Trainer?

To be honest, when I became a trainer it was for two reasons that weren't so great - to secure a graduate assistant position and to round out my fitness certifications. However, through regularly training clients, I have found a much deeper appreciation for the role of a trainer in being able to cultivate a strong, vulnerable relationship with individuals who we can help to accomplish their goals. I see myself as an advocate and helper to others to be able to meet their personal health, fitness, and wellbeing goals.

What is your personal go-to workout?

Barbell back squat and either barbell overhead presses or barbell bench press. If I'm not too tired and pressed for time, I'll add a few accessory lifts, as well, but I always make sure I get at least two big lifts in.