How 24 Hour Fitness Trainers Stay Trim

Are lean personal trainers just “born that way”? We asked three 24 Hour Fitness trainers from different parts of the country – Hawaii, California and Texas – about their own fitness and nutrition habits. We think you’ll find their answers interesting and inspiring.

Do You Have To Work at Keeping Your Weight Down?

I have to work at it. As I tell my clients, "It's no accident!"  – Christie, Hawaii

I was overweight as a child, until I started playing sports in high school. I have to watch my diet, exercise regularly and run – on the treadmill and outdoors. I’ve kept weight off, but more importantly my body has been transformed by gaining muscle mass. I now have 17 percent body fat.  – Laisha, California

Yes I do. Whoever says that they don’t have to work at it is lying. If you’re not progressing, you’re regressing.  – Kyle, Texas

Is It Hard to Follow the Same Advice That You Give Your Clients?

No. I love to exercise, and nutrition is one of my favorite subjects. Knowing that I have to be a good example gives me an excuse to do what I love.  – Christie, Hawaii

Yes, it’s hard to follow my own advice, but I can relate with my clients. I know it’s difficult to resist a drink or piece of cake at a social function. I love food, so it’s a constant battle.  – Laisha, California

Sometimes I go through the same old motions instead of trying something else. For instance, doing the same old bench press, instead of a balancing, single-leg two-arm cable chest press.  – Kyle, Texas

Do You Adopt the Same Nutrition and Workout Habits That You Suggest For clients?

I rarely eat out – and I do most of my own food prep and take my lunch to work.  If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! However sometimes I slip up on a few things. I don't eat as often as I should; I sometimes measure portions, but not always. – Christie, Hawaii

Yes, I do. It’s important for my clients to see me working out on the floor or on the weekend, doing the same things I instruct them to do. – Laisha, California

Our clients are always going to be trained better than us [trainers] – that’s the purpose of training. It really helps when you have someone to push you.  – Kyle, Texas

How Do You Fit in Your Workouts?

I schedule regular workouts at certain days and times. Sometimes I have to make adjustments and work out whenever I can – frequently at 5:30 a.m. It helps that I'm a morning person.  – Christie, Hawaii

Most of my training appointments are in the morning or after the workday. Every morning I bring my gym bag to work, so after morning appointments with clients, I do my own weights and cardio.  – Laisha, California

It’s not really finding the time – it’s making the time. I usually work out at 1 or 2 in the afternoon or when the gym is less crowded.  – Kyle, Texas

What's the Best Advice You Can Give Someone Who's Discouraged About Their Weight?

People who are discouraged about their weight should see a personal trainer. We can help them get back on the right track and hopefully inspire them. –Christie, Hawaii

Food is not the enemy. When I learned that it’s good to eat nutritious foods often, it changed my life.  – Laisha, California

Seek advice. Ask for help. There is always someone who knows more than you do, someone who can help you if you’ve plateaued.  – Kyle, Texas

Christie Bridges is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Honolulu. She is ACE, AFAA and NASM certified.

Laisha Munoz is a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in downtown Sacramento. She earned a B.S. in exercise science. She is ACE, AFAA and NASM certified.

Kyle Fowler is Fitness Manager Active for the  Old Denton club in Carrollton, Texas. He earned a B.S. in exercise science. He is NFCA-CPT and NASM-CPT certified.

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