Teri Fisher knows what it is like to work with a personal trainer because she was in that spot herself once. This 58-year-old mom started at Health 360 by working with a personal trainer. She’d sent her son and husband here first, however.
Her son started off pretty nonathletic, but he quickly grew eager for his trips to the gym. In fact, he’d impatiently anticipate his training sessions; if he felt like he was not being pushed hard enough, he would request a new trainer. After seeing such success, she sent her husband to Health 360 as well.
How Teri Started At Health 360
As for herself, Teri has a degree in nursing. Before Health 360, she worked as an RN in labor and delivery and women’s healthcare. She had always been athletic, including being a competitive ballroom dancer for 15 years. She’d also done taekwondo, becoming a 3rd degree black belt in addition to being an instructor. She signed herself up for personal training sessions after seeing the success of her husband and son. She quickly realized how different Health 360 was.
“There were women around my age,” she says. The diversity of clients was encouraging. Instead of pretty young models running the place, Teri noticed people of all sorts enjoying themselves and getting fit.
She decided to pursue becoming a personal trainer herself. While working full time, she got her personal trainer certification from the American Council of Exercise in July of 2013. She took on clients and she soon quit her old job and became a full time trainer at Health 360.
Teri’s Unique Approach
Teri also works with new clients to go over their health, decide what works best for them, and figure out what sort of help they need. She does physical checks on all of them; using her nursing background she can identify many medical issues that may influence someone’s fitness plans.
“Everybody cares about each other,” she says about Health 360. She not only does the initial screenings, but Teri also passes on that information to the trainers who will work with them, to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Teri is especially involved in training women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who want to be able to have fun with their grandkids, sit and stand with no pain, and be active. “When someone sees a trainer their age who can do all this… it encourages them to do more and be stronger,” says Teri.
Because Teri used the personal training services at Health 360 herself before she became one, she has a unique perspective on the experience. Instead of coddling her, the trainers she saw kept to the philosophy of “You’re strong and healthy and we’re going to treat you like a strong and healthy individual,” she says.
Looking back, Teri credits her previous experience as a major influence on how she trains. “The amazing thing about working with a personal trainer before I went and got my personal trainer certification,” she says, “is it made everything click.”