Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Nancy Black

Name:  Nancy Black 

Hometown: Born in Portland, raised in Seattle

Number of years as a personal trainer: Over 25 years in the business, 12 years teaching Pilates

Number of years at the Bellevue Club:

Certifications/Degrees: Degree in kinesiology, Romana’s Pilates Instructor, Master Pilates Trainer, Pilates Method Alliance, Heart Zones, Booty Barre, TRX, RRCA

Area of Expertise: Pilates training and Pilates teacher training.

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? Clients can expect a workout tailored to meet their goals, a strong foundation of finding and initiating movement from the core, and lifelong fitness and educational benefits. I also suggest other areas they may need to focus on, such as cardio training, to round out their goals.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? A physical accomplishment would be going through major foot surgery twice and rehabilitating to where I can be 100 percent active again! Fitness-related would probably be mountain biking to the top of Bald Mountain in Sun Valley (quickly) one summer morning when there were fires just miles away. Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done, but I did it.

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? Having a connection with clients and helping them set and attain their fitness goals. It is very rewarding to be a part of helping people become stronger, healthier and make longterm changes.

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? Stay steady, consistent and focused so you advance without injury or burnout.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? TV infomercials and fitness magazines give the illusion that you can change your body overnight. In reality, it takes dedication, hard work and a well thought-out plan.

What is your favorite song/artist to work out to? I like to listen to Pandora and mix it up. 

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? I’m not big on eating much before a workout, but if I need energy, I’ll eat a cashew Luna bar.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? I love quinoa salad with black beans, avocado, tomatoes and cilantro, with coconut aminos. It’s really good and satisfying.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Rome wasn’t built in a day! Be patient and consistent.

Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? I really enjoy working with people and connecting with them. I have exercised my entire life, been through injury and rehabilitation and have a good understanding of the body and how to build the systems of strength, cardio and flexibility to make a well-rounded program. Exercise is fun!

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