Trainer Spotlight: Michelle Isern

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Why did you want to become a trainer?

I realized that exercising was something that I was very passionate about. It’s truly remarkable what hard work and discipline can do for you. I felt that a balanced work-out schedule made me a more well-rounded and happier person and that is something that should be shared, promoted and instilled in others. That passion and the desire to help others achieve their wellness and fitness goals pushed me out of my comfort zone and onto trainer territory. I’m still learning, but so far, this has been one of the most rewarding experiences. The feeling of having a client tell me what a great class I lead, or that they’re sore, can’t be topped.

If you really knew me you would know that… 

I’m from Peru! Spanish is my first language. Shakira is my queen, her hips don’t lie. I love traveling, going on adventures and exploring. I recently got married and he’s FINALLY a Fit Results member!

Describe your favorite workout…

If you know me you also know that I LOVE working on my core, always have and always will. You use your core muscles in pretty much everything you do so, it’s important to keep that part of our bodies very strong, plus they’re great to look at ;-). My favorite workout to do myself would be Tabata Abs. I combine a bit of stability exercises with lower abdominals as well as crunch-like exercises. I love feeling them burn, that’s how I know it’s working! I also like adding some lunges, squats and KB swings. If done correctly, these “leg” moves will give your core a great workout too!

4. How would you describe your diet and nutrition?

I don’t really believe in “dieting” or starving your body of something it wants/needs. I believe in giving my body what it craves, in moderation. It just so happens that my cravings consist of lots of greens, veggies, lean proteins and the occasional sweet (or maybe more than occasional). I try to keep my diet low in carbs and sugars as well but I have always been a sweet tooth, which makes it hard. I eat very healthy during the week, avoiding heavy carbs and sweets, but once the weekend comes I allow myself to have dessert, eat out, have a drink, live a little!

What life and/or fitness goals are you working towards? 

Consistency and balance. Too much of one thing, repetitively, can get boring, even if you’re getting creative with your workouts. There’s times in life when I don’t want to do anything (winter in Chicago) and it’s easy to cancel class, lay on the couch, and plain and simple: CHILL. It is more than OK to take days off, but it’s also necessary to stay consistent and motivated. Over the past couple of years my workout ethic has gotten better and better and I don’t want to lose than momentum. However, I also need to feel better about going on vacation, eating that pizza and letting go!

In terms of my overall fitness and body, I’d like to start working harder on my legs and glutes. My legs have come a long way already but they’re definitely my biggest opportunity for improvement.

What is your number one fitness tip? 

Don’t rush. Good form is more important than rushing through the exercise. If you’re not doing it right, you’re not doing yourself any favors.

Also, make friends! Having a fitness buddy who shares your passion for fitness and wellness really helps keeping you motivated :-)

Finish this sentence: Fit Results is…

Fam.

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