I’ve coached people for 37 years in the fitness industry from fitness instructing, personal training and coaching ~ new and seasoned runners to race.
In the last year I’ve had the good fortune to coach all 3 in a small group setting at Lifetime Fitness in Eden Prairie Minnesota. The training session is called GTX and we spend one hour focusing on weights and treadmill intervals.
This coaching, along with the other instructing I do at LTF has proven to be incredibly fulfilling to me. As a coach one of my top goals is to inspire and make a positive difference. I feel within this small group setting I’ve helped all of these people enhance their fitness levels and given them confidence towards their fitness goals.
I want to feature some of the people I train to highlight their hard work, their motivation and the tools they use to achieve their goals week after week. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.
Beth started coming to a studio class I teach on Friday mornings. She was edgy and very cool, quiet, yet had a smile on her face for the hour plus of hard work I was putting her/and the rest of the class/ through. Over the last few years I’ve had the honor to train Beth, her husband David and her two of her 3 children.
I asked Beth a few questions~hopefully some of her answers inspire you to workout as hard and as full of energy as Beth.
- How long have you been a member at LTF?
I joined Northwest Athletic club in 1992 when I first moved to MN (Lifetime bought out Northwest).
2. What motivates you to get to the gym so consistently?
Now that my kids are adults, I am honestly motivated to go to the gym to be the best Grandma to my future Grandchildren. I can’t wait to experience life with them and of course my kids and husband, so I want to be in the best shape possible to stay healthy when I’m older. Also, Liz motivates me to get to the gym. I’m obsessed with the Friday CRT class. I rarely miss it unless I’m out of town.
3. What little tricks do you do when you don’t want to go to the gym?
I try to stay on set weekly routine with classes, that way it is a no brainer for me to get to the gym 4 days a week. If ever I don’t go to the gym, I remind myself that I will feel 100 times better when the workout is over!!
4. What is something cool we don’t know about you?
I grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO in the 70’s and 80’s. I took it for granted that I had ski resort a mile from my house. My senior year, my friends and I enrolled in a “work release” program. We got out of school at noon to “supposed” to go to work, but we managed to hit the slopes everyday. (The next year the “work release” program was cancelled.) One of my passions is party planning!!
5. Did you play any sports or dance in high school or college?
Being from a small town, the only sports offered for girls were track and basketball. I tried both and didn’t like either. I was a cheerleader and spent the winter months skiing.
6. What advice would you give someone who wants to add working out into their lives but doesn’t know where to start?
Start small with something you enjoy like walking or pickle ball and work up to more challenging work outs and classes. Also, look at working out as a privilege and a gift to your body rather than something you have to do. It’s all about perspective.
I feel privileged to be able to do the job I do but even more to be able to train the people I train.❤️