Personal trainers take their own training personally

Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:13am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Personal trainers can appear to be cut from the same well-trimmed cloth: they warm you up, they cool you down, they watch your form and advise you on balanced, sensible fitness goals.

But when they're not working, trainers, like the rest of us, pursue the fitness things they love, which can be anything from a pre-dawn run to a body building medal.

At an Equinox fitness center in New York City, Tiffany Boucher's working day can involve helping young men with their biceps and older women with their balance.

But before she hits the gym, this passionate runner hits the streets.

"Before everyone is up I run over the Brooklyn Bridge," said Boucher, who tries to run, bike or spin six days a week. She also lifts weights on two days and does Pilates on one.

"Some trainers really embody the lifestyle," Boucher said. "It's valuable for the consumer to ask appropriate questions when getting a trainer."

Boucher, who blocks out about 10 hours of workout time per week, believes clients learn from a trainer's example.

"It's about the importance of your workout in your day."   Continued...

<p>Clients work out on machines at the Bally Total Fitness facility in Arvada, Colorado June 15, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking</p>