For the last two years, Trish Balbert has been my most dedicated and consistent client, usually training with me four times a week. Everyone at our gym knows Trish!
But before I even met her, Trish had been no stranger to exercise. She had already lost over 80 pounds and had worked with several trainers before me. She even did some nutritional counseling herself.
Trish rarely misses a training session. She’s usually excited to come to the gym, but also knows how important it is to get there even on the days that she doesn’t feel like it.
What a transformation!
Despite past injuries, such as an extruded disk in her lower back which required surgery, Trish has gained a lot of strength and has become more functionally fit in the last two years.
But she doesn’t use old injuries as an excuse–in fact it’s just the opposite–Trish needs to work out and keep her core strong so that she doesn’t need to have surgery again.
Trish is still concerned about keeping her weight down and she understands that fitness is an ongoing journey. She continues to stay the course, often doing supplemental cardio sessions on her own in addition to our workouts together.
We usually tend to alternate our focus between upper body and lower body workouts from one session to the next, although we have done total body conditioning as well. Trish’s favorite exercises include dips, Australian pull-ups, and lunges.
Watch the video clip below from one of our recent upper body strength training sessions:
Amanda is living proof that there’s no reason for women to be afraid that doing weight training will turn them into a beefed-up bodybuilder.
As a former basketball player, Amanda’s used to dedicating a lot of her time to fitness. She also knows the value of having a coach.
Amanda started training with me this past spring after having had knee surgery. When we started out, she was barely able to do squats only going half of the way down, now she does squats with almost 100 pounds on her back and does a full range of motion. We have even started working towards one legged squats!
Amanda is the best combination of things to have in a client: she’s a natural athlete and she has a tremendous work ethic in the gym. She continues to push her limits and I’m excited to see what she’ll do next!
Watch this video from one of our recent training sessions:
Armen is one of the toughest chicks that I know. When she first took me on as her trainer last December, she could barely even do one decent pushup–she has come a long way since then! Now that she’s made progress with pushups, we have been focusing on other challenges, such as kettlebell training.
Still gotta keep practicing those pushups though!
Two of Armen’s current goals are pull-ups and parallel bar dips. Armen also takes spinning classes regularly and she is planning on running her first 5K race next month.
Check out this video clip from one of our recent training sessions:
I met Kartik back in the summer of 2005. He approached me during my workout while I was in between sets of deadlifts. I remember he seemed amazed that I was doing deadlifts after just finishing up three sets of squats.
Soon after that initial meeting he started training with me and he has stuck with it ever since, longer than any of my other clients. Now he’s done squats and deadlifts back to back himself on many occasions.
When I first began working out with Kartik, he had recently gotten over a shoulder injury and was worried about doing things like pull-ups and dips. But over time his shoulder has gotten so much stronger and more stable.
Now Kartik can do 15 consecutive wide grip pull-ups and 20 consecutive dips!
Watch the video clip below and see for yourself:
Dan Budiac started training with me in August of 2008. Before I started working with Dan, he had been training with my brother Danny; I was lucky that Dan had a really good trainer before me so he already had a good foundation.
In the time I have known Dan, he has finished several races of varying distances, including setting a personal best 5K time of 25:48. Dan has qualified to enter the 2010 NYC marathon and is currently working on building strength and adding a little muscle this winter, while still maintaining some cardio base.
Dan’s current plan involves 2-3 days a week of strength training and 2-3 days a week of running. In the spring, it will be time to focus on getting back to running more and building up towards longer milage.
Check out this quick video clip from one of Dan’s recent training sessions with me!