Rebecca Clem sits down with Watchfit to answer some staff and reader questions about her life and her ambitions.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the fitness industry?
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– I have always been active. Starting at the age of 3, I did gymnastics and that led to soccer, swimming and then running. I took 1st place at the Hershey Track and Field Nationals three years in a row, and then went on to letter in both track and cross country in highschool. I set a record in the 400 meter dash that stood for almost 18 years. In College I was an All-American in track and upon graduating, went on to qualify and run the Boston Marathon. Through training myself and studying Kinesiology, I realized that I had a gift that I could share with others. I pursued my Personal Training career starting with a certification from the ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and have speciality certifications as a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Advanced Aging, Nutrition, Pre-Post Natal and Yoga.
You launched Cr8zfit over 10 years ago. Could you tell us a bit about the business and what inspired you to set it up?
– I haven’t always worked for myself. I started working at large corporate gyms but wanted to be able to look at my clients as individuals, not as dollar signs. I am grateful for all I learned from these large gyms, but I am so happy to be able to go to work and do what I love every day. Cr8zfit, LLC is a 2000 square foot fitness studio that offers my clients a myriad of equipment and training variables like: ropes, rings, sandbags, kettlebells and boxing to name a few. I take pride in the fact that I am able to train my clients and give them safe and effective workouts. I love to see people transform, both in outer appearance and their inner strength. I love to help people see their potential and teach them how to use their body in the right way!
You have also been holding NETA (National Exercise Trainers Association) workshops on Yoga. How did you get into that and what does it involve?
– I worked for NETA for 10 years as a Yoga and Personal Training weekend workshop facilitator. I would lecture for 10 hours on Saturday and do the practical work and instruction on Sunday. Upon completing the coursework an exam was administered. I loved this job because I was able to travel throughout the country and meet and teach potential exercise instructors and trainers.
You have experience in a wide variety of disciplines and sports. Is there any particular form of fitness you enjoy the most e.g. yoga, running, weight lifting and if so why?
– Running is my favorite sport. I love that I can do it anywhere and need very little equipment, just shoes. To round out my workout regime, I really enjoy doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) and tabata style workouts with weights. I also make sure I do yoga twice a week to maintain flexibility and form. Working out helps me clear my head and feel like I am stable and in control.
There are obviously huge positives and plus sides to both, but do you prefer competing in shows or coaching clients more?
– I definitely prefer coaching clients. I love to see my clients transform their lives. I invest so much time and energy to each and every one of my clients and I love nothing more than to see them reach their goals.
Competing in shows is way out of my comfort zone. I generally don’t like to be the center of attention, but I do like the dedication of the sport. There is something to be said about presenting your best “you” on stage. After 13 weeks or so of dieting and training, you feel like you are in complete control of your body and your mind.
Read Part 2 of Rebecca’s interview tomorrow and connect with her here.