Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you became a trainer?
Why did you decide to work with Future?
KJ: I was excited to become a part of the Future team because of the opportunity to reach more people through fitness and technology while working alongside an incredible team of not only performance coaches, but also a growing team of like-minded professionals with different backgrounds and experiences than mine. At Future, we offer a personalized program and pair you with a coach that is going to write your workouts based on your needs, goals, injuries, schedule, equipment availability, progress/regress and help hold you accountable while building an authentic relationship. Future offers a unique and personable fitness experience, so that is what excited me most.
How long have you been a trainer?
KJ: Almost 10 years!
What are some common mistakes people make when working out alone?
KJ: Some common mistakes of working out alone is not knowing what to do at the gym (which is totally normal!) or not knowing how many exercises/reps to do. Another common mistake is not knowing how much weight to use for different exercises. Working with a coach/being on a program can help fix all of that!
How important is nutrition as part of anyone’s fitness journey?
KJ: Nutrition and fitness go hand in hand. When looking for optimal results, dialing in on your nutrition in addition to your workouts is key. Fueling your body with whole, nutrient-dense foods, being mindful of portion control (when looking to gain or lose weight), and staying hydrated are all important components when looking to change your physique — if that is your goal.
How do you track fitness goals and success with your clients?
KJ: Goals and success are all measured differently depending on the client in my opinion. Some clients are very goal-driven and need a numeric and/or a physical transformation to feel like they've reached success. For other individuals, having the motto of "something is always better than nothing" when squeezing in a 10-minute workout in between meetings was all their schedule allowed for that day can still be looked at as a "win" in my eyes.
What is the best pre-workout snack?
KJ: Some of my favorite pre-workout snacks are a piece of fruit, almond butter on (multigrain) bread, or a protein shake. I like to keep it light!
Is it better to stretch before or after a workout?
KJ: Warming up before a workout is key. Incorporating soft tissue work with a foam roller, getting in stretching/mobility work, adding in activation, and a dynamic warm-up before your workout will help prime your muscles and help you avoid getting injured during your workout. Doing a cool-down stretch post-workout can be beneficial too.
What’s the best way to get a good workout in 30 minutes?
The best way to get in a good workout in 30 minutes is to have a plan! Have an idea of what you want to do for your workout going into it.
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Images via Future. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.