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Personal Trainers
News Downtown Publications Editor  02/28/2011 - The snow is beginning to melt, that orange globe in the sky, formerly known as the sun, has begun to shine once again, and we are all tentatively reentering society like the Munchkins after the Wicked Witch of the East was killed by the house. It's that yearly ritual known as spring. Along with spring comes the desire, once again, to get fit and healthy. Many people find the idea of exercise to be a chore, something to be dreaded, while for others, it's as much a part of their daily routine as brushing their teeth. Why can one person wake up before the dawn, put on running shoes and run through the streets of Birmingham, ending up at Starbucks before most of her neighbors are awake, while someone else has to have an appointment etched into their iPhone in order to get to the gym? Krista Mayo of Driven Fitness Training, which provides in-home personal training, said every program she designs is tailored for the specific client. Mayo, with a black belt in martial arts, is certified with the International Sports Sciences Association, is a certified fitness therapist, and a fitness nutritionist. "When I meet a new client and get to know them, I find out their fitness and health goals, and from there, I do a fitness assessment, including their medical history. I always ask their limitations, from their perspective. Is it, 'I can't do push ups' or 'I have serious limitations' due to injuries or health problems? If necessary, I have them get a doctor's clearance," Mayo said. "Then I run them through a mock test to see how many push ups they can do, how many sit ups. I run them through a cardio test to see where their heart rate is, either on the treadmill or by doing jumping jacks, and then plan accordingly." Mayo said that clients do not need to have a full gym in their home, and she will
bring equipment with her to get them started, beginning with resistance bands, hand
weights, and a BOSU (pronounced "Bo – sue"), which is a balance trainer which can be used in a myriad of ways. Mayo said her clients who are in their teens or 20s are looking for strength training, while her clients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are also looking to build lean muscles, flexibility, strength, and to strengthen bone density.  Mayo concurred. "As far as fitness is concerned, if you are not eating healthily and balanced, nothing you do will matter. Everything you are doing to stay in shape and build muscle tone will not mean anything if you're not eating properly. "You must maintain good water intake, protein intake, good carbs, good fats—they all play a part in staying in shape, and living a healthy life, while losing weight appropriately." To See the full article please go to:  www.downtownpublications.com