Are you looking for an exceptional personal trainer? One who will motivate you, inspire you and make you SUPER strong? Well look no further! Alisa is one of the very best.
Hi Alisa, thanks so much for letting me interview you. What I want to talk about first is-what got you interested in fitness?
I’ve always been interested in fitness since I was a kid. When I was really heavy and I needed to lose the weight, I started running and I said, oh wow, I love this! And then I just became obsessed with it.
Can you tell us more about how the running started? Did you have a daily goal or how did that work?
Well, what happened was… I went on the scale and found out that I need to do something. I didn’t have money to go to the gym because in those days gyms were very elite things. So I just started running on the street. I started with three miles.
Wow! That’s a lot!
It was! And I felt so heavy, it felt like I was running with a bag of sugar taped to my back. And I was running so slowly, I would have been faster walking, but I really wanted to run so I kept at it, and I kept going and going and I started picking up the pace and then I started going 5 miles and kept tacking on a little bit more after that.
How many days a week did you do that?
Just about everyday- 6 days a week- unless I couldn’t.
Wow, that’s a lot! (I keep saying that!).
What is the thing you like the most about being a fitness trainer?
I like watching people get stronger and I like to see them do things that they never imagined they could do, you know? Especially with older people- you see the things they can do, and they never imagined that they could do them, and then they do them and it’s so rewarding. I also love people, I like talking to people- I really enjoy people, so I really like that about being a trainer.
I noticed that about you.
What does your logo mean?
It’s a heart in a hand with an infinity sign and it means take your health into your hands forever.
What would you say your clients get out of working with you?
I would say- they get a challenging workout, but more important than that, they get someone who really cares about them and is genuinely invested in their progress.
Yes- for sure!
What age range and abilities are your clients would you say.
My youngest client is 16 and I think I have 3 clients that are 73! I’ve trained kids as young as 4 and 5 years old.
If you could tell your clients anything and they would listen to you, what would you tell them?
And they would listen to me?? That’s a tough one! I would have to say –They are the ones who are ultimately in control and they have the ability to make it happen. A lot of them don’t think they can. One lady said, I’m really old, (and she can work really hard!) and I said- No- old is when you’re bent over and walking with a cane, and you’re in pain all the time. You’re not old, you’re 57.
I find people tell themselves the most negative stories, and they believe them.
Yeah! It’s true, and it’s really sad.
If someone felt really out of shape, what advice would you give them?
Not to give up- that’s the advice I would give them. I was reading this book about goals, and basically to make a long story short, a guy said he was getting on a plane and it took something like 7 hours to take off, and once it was in the air it was going this way and that, but eventually they got to their destination, so the moral of his story is that- a plane might go backwards, or to one side or another side, but eventually, if you stay on the plane, it will get there- you will get there- to your destination.
What would you say would be a good weekly routine for someone to get healthy?
A typical routine would be to work out two to three days a week, with at least one of those days being strength training.
I recently wrote a blog about ball rolling- how important would you say this part of the training is for people.
Um, I would say it’s essential! Just in my opinion, you might be able to get away with it in your twenties… but if you don’t roll out your muscles, you are asking for it- pain, or injury, or both.
You just became a certified yoga teacher, what part of this training are you planning to bring to your training that you offer.
The stretches! I’m learning all different ways to stretch that I can use with my clients. I’m more cognizant of the balance practice that older people need. A lot of my clients thought of yoga as just stretching, and now they are realizing that it can be challenging. It’s a lot of strength work, and a lot of balance work, and a lot of core work. So I’m happy for that- because they can start to appreciate it.
Do you have anything else that you want ALL of my blog readers to know?
Yes- I think the most important thing… how can I say this… it’s good to have a balance. You want to have a balance of stretching, exercising, nutrition and self care. If it’s hanging out with friends, reading a book or even those “cheat meals”.
I agree… it also makes life happy when you give yourself a cheat.
Yeah, you can’t be so serious all the time.
To find out more about Alisa and her offerings, visit her website at inshapeincentive.com