Finding the right trainer is one of the most important aspects of a one-on-one fitness program. You’ll be spending a lot of time with this person so he/she should be someone you like, trust and feel comfortable with. Here at VIDA, we try to get an in-depth idea of our new members’ goals, athletic background, lifestyle and level of experience in order to match them with a trainer ideal for their needs.
We definitely got it right for U Street member Maggie Feldman-Piltch when she joined VIDA in June and started working out with personal trainer Maria Bokulich. Maggie, a lifelong athlete and college cheerleader, knew she wanted to train with someone who also had an athletic background and would push her hard in every session. She clicked with Maria immediately and now trains with her five times a week!
“It’s nice that I found a trainer I get along with so well. It makes a huge difference when you’re working out with someone you know and trust. I love that I can text or email her whenever I have questions about anything. I’ve worked out with other trainers before where I didn’t have that and it was much less effective,” says Maggie.
Maggie has weekly weigh-ins and measurements with Maria, and has lost a total of 16 inches since starting at VIDA in June. She credits her fantastic progress thus far to her and Maria’s similar athletic backgrounds and Maria’s functional knowledge of workouts that work best for her body.
“I have the shortest attention span ever and she works around that. She constantly has me doing new things so I don’t get bored, but there’s enough consistency that I can still see progress,” she says.
While personal trainers do not give specific meal plans to clients, Maggie says that the healthy eating advice she’s received from Maria has also made a big difference in her overall health.
“Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand, especially for me since I’m allergic to gluten and soy and really picky. She’s helped me find small changes to make in my diet and helped me understand when and how much to eat of different foods,” says Maggie. “It’s really made a huge difference.”
Maggie is all smiles when she tells me about how great she feels after eight months of working out at VIDA. She explains that her clothes fit better, she feels stronger and more comfortable in her body, and has made VIDA an integral part of her life in DC.
“I love the community-based feel of it. I’ve been to other gyms where you don’t really know anyone but this is so different. I have a whole family here,” she says.
It goes without saying that Maggie plans to continue being an active member of the VIDA community, and we are so happy to have her!
“I thought about moving a couple months ago, but couldn’t do it because I can’t leave Maria. And if she ever moves then I’m following her,” she jokes.
Maggie’s testimony is a great example of how beneficial working out one on one with a personal trainer can be. When signing up for a personal training package, be sure to explain in full exactly what you’re looking for and trying to accomplish so that we can find the best match possible for you too!