Name: Ramses Chmait
Hometown: Orange County, California
Number of years as a personal trainer: 17+
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 9
Certifications/Degrees: American College of Sports Medicine certified, American Council on Exercise certified, bachelor of science degree in psychology from University of Washington
Area of Expertise: Body sculpting, weight loss, sport specific training, overall conditioning
What can clients expect out of a training session with you? Clients will get the most proficient and reliable exercise regimen to help them achieve their goals.
What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? Participating in body building competitions in my early 20s. I am also doing the 2014 Emerald Bodybuilding Competition this month at the age of 42.
What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? Hands down, changing lives for the better. Physical fitness transcends all areas of one's life.
What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal, whether it is to lose 10 pounds or complete an Ironman? Set up intermediate goals that will help you achieve your long range goal. Also, be very specific with your game plan.
What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? Lifting weights for women will make them bigger.
What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? It varies, but I really like to workout to Eminem's “Lose Yourself."
What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? Drinking some sort of caffeine, whether it is coffee or a sport pre-workout drink.
What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? A protein shake with a tablespoon of peanut butter.
What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Consistency, consistency, consistency.
Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? My life and passion has been, is and will always will be fitness. With that mindset, I am always trying to stay ahead of the trend. I also like to decipher between just “trendy” workouts and workouts that add some real value.