Today we will spotlight personal trainer, Jordana Kagan. Jordana provides a wealth of information and experience for people of all fitness levels. Glad to have such a passionate and knowledgable trainer on board.
My love of movement began with ballet, running, and swimming. In the past ten years I sustained several injuries but refused to let them limit me. Each one forced me to modify my training regimens, and seek new ways to work out. One of those “discoveries” was weightlifting, and I instantly fell in love. I subsequently studied for my personal training certification so that I could continue to grow and hopefully help others do so as well.
Weight lifting eventually led to training with kettlebells, my ultimate training tools. Another certification ensued. However, vigorous workouts are not always feasible. As various injuries recur, I adapt to accommodate the flare ups. By incorporating balance, strength, flexibility, and agility drills into my routines I can continue to workout regardless of my injuries. I motivate my clients in the same way, by encouraging them to train their bodies to be efficient, healthy, and strong.
When I hear a client talking about diets, spot training, or exercise fads (that may or may not be effective/beneficial) I present them with information so they can reframe their thoughts. It’s not enough to say, “A ‘No Fat’ diet isn’t healthy, spot training doesn’t really work, and that device you see on TV is a waste of money.” The general population needs to be informed about the importance of fat for a balanced diet. They need to know why they should incorporate cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises into their workouts. It’s crucial to present them with the idea that maintaining a healthy body is a way of life, not something that can be bought for $49.95 + shipping and handling.
As an athlete, I am always trying new classes, and exercises; as a trainer, I am always teaching. Both require me to keep current with research and studies. I believe that our bodies can be our most precious tools, and we need to keep them in excellent working order.
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