Five years a trainer!

By , March 6, 2018 4:19 am

Yet another “times flies” post from me – March 4th marks five years that I’ve been a personal trainer at Essential Fitness, LLC!



The story of how I became a personal trainer is here. Everything is still true from that post – I LOVE seeing students grow stronger. I love getting paid to workout. I still teach Monday, Friday, and some weekends. And I still don’t plan to ever make this my full time job (the amount I teach now is perfect).

What I love about teaching strength classes:

  • Teaching lets me do something I’m passionate about (which is rarely the case in my day job).
  • Teaching encourages me to be a lifelong student of exercise.
  • Teaching lets me be creative in a way I enjoy.
  • Teaching lets me connect with lots of different, wonderful people (students, coworkers, and boss).
  • Teaching encourages me to stay healthy (although I’ve definitely gone up and down in weight over the years).
  • Teaching gives me an excuse to buy new music on iTunes!
  • Teaching makes me patient.
  • Teaching makes me happy!

I’m sure you’ll be seeing more “anniversary” posts in the future, and my continuing thoughts on teaching strength training!

16 Responses to “Five years a trainer!”

  1. Shelley B says:

    Congratulations – I love a trainer who is so passionate and wants to make the class meaningful and fun for their students…I’d totally take a class from you if we were closer (although I know it would kick my ass, LOL).

  2. Anne says:

    Time DOES fly! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years already! Congratulations on such a big milestone!!! And on still loving what you do after that time! 🙂 Your passion and creativity show in every class you teach and I know it’s helped so many people work toward and reach their goals. You should be so proud of the huge positive impact you’ve made for so many people! (like me – thanks for getting my ass back into gear a couple years ago with boxing!)

    • kilax says:

      I can’t really believe it, either! Thank you! And thanks for your kind words! I am proud of that impact! And I appreciate students like you who work so hard!

      • Anne says:

        Having teachers/instructors who love what they’re doing as much as you do makes it really easy to work hard 🙂 Also, your sweet playlists help too ha ha ha!

        • kilax says:

          Aww, thank you again! 🙂

          I am currently working on a hip hop throwback one! There’s just so much great music out there!

  3. Chaitali says:

    Congrats on the five years! I love that one of the things you listed is that it gives you an excuse to buy music 🙂

    • kilax says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I definitely pay a lot more attention to it now, than I did before teaching! Then, I’d just listen to the radio and old stuff I liked. Now I actively search for things to play in class.

  4. Happy trainer-versary! Five years is a long time! I’m glad you’re still enjoying it and have that as a way to make a little extra money while doing something you love 🙂

    • kilax says:

      Thanks! It does seem like a hella long time. An amount of time that makes me stop and think “how long will I be doing this?” even though I am enjoying it!

  5. Mica says:

    I can’t believe it has been five years already. I remember when you were documenting your study process! It’s great to see how much you’re getting out of it.

    What’s the funniest thing that has happened in your class?

    • kilax says:

      I can’t believe it either! Gawd, that was a HARD test. Ha ha.

      Hmm. Funniest thing… is usually lots of ball related jokes. Ha ha ha. We’re all very mature 😉

  6. Amy says:

    Congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been five years! And I still wish I lived close enough to take your classes…

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