Frenship trainer: Success stories are best part of job

Fitness isn’t just to make one look better or be more physically healthy. It can also help with mental health and self-esteem, said a personal trainer at Bodyworks.

Denise Rose has been involved in the fitness industry since 1994. She started out working part-time at the front desk and moved on up to become a personal trainer, a manager and an owner of a club in Florida before moving to Texas six years ago.

“I’ve done every single job in the fitness industry,” she said.

Rose said she enjoys seeing people change as their bodies change, with more confidence being immediately evident.

“I’ve been there after having a child and seeing how your clothes don’t fit,” she said. “If your clothes are feeling uncomfortable or if you’re just not feeling well, some of your mind is on that instead of on conversations.”

Some people view it as a failure to have a less-than-perfect physique, she said.

“Say you had a business owner, or a bank president, that, in their element, they know they are good at their jobs. They’re successful in their world. But then outside of that, it’s very hard for that person to face not being successful at their physique, or how they look, or not being able to play with their kids without getting out of breath,” she said. “There’s a lot of psychological benefits to being fit. Of course, you’re going to look better, too.”

Rose said the best part of her job is the success stories.

“That’s the most awesome part about being a trainer: people’s stories of triumph,” she said.

Rose said most of her clients need a little more guidance on how to successfully meet their fitness goals.

“My job is just to be someone’s coach, whether working on someone’s lifestyle, whether they’re getting enough water, enough sleep,” she said. “It’s not necessarily about doing 15 rounds of bicep curls. We have to still address your whole fitness program.”

Some people don’t need more activity, she said, but need to address the kinds of foods they are eating. Other people make healthy food choices but need to do more exercise or a different kind of exercise, she said.

“There’s a vast difference from one client to another. That’s a trainer’s job, to figure out what a client needs,” she said, joking that it would probably help trainers to have a psychology degree.

Rose said her sessions usually last about an hour, and can be booked in smaller increments, like once a month, or in weekly or even daily increments.

“So many people think it’s a luxury, or not a necessity,” she said. “I think (going to a gym without guidance from a trainer) would be like going to college without seeing a counselor to see what classes you should take in what order. You can finish classes faster if you have someone telling you what classes to take instead of just taking them in order of whatever’s available.”

Rose said clients who have already met their fitness needs just check in less frequently to maintain their work.

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