Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Caroline Wagner

Name: Caroline WagnerBC Trainers Headshots_Caroline

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Number of years as a personal trainer: 17 and going

Number of years at the Bellevue Club: I started teaching here in 2003, but I took a break when I moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to further my education and training. Altogether, it’s been five years.

Certifications/Degrees: Bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University. Personal training certifications include: NCSF, NASM, ACE. Indoor cycling training includes: Johnny G Spinning, Keiser, Lemond and Precision Cycling. Other certifications include: Body Pump, Rep Reebok, 200 hours of yoga training and over 12 years of dance training.

Area of Expertise (or special certifications): Yoga (all levels), endurance training, dance and gymnastics

 What can clients expect out of a training session with you? I am very focused on each client’s individual goals, and I want to help them achieve those goals with a well-rounded workout. I strive to make training sessions fun, but I still want to make the client think, “Yes! I did it!”

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? Making it through some of the toughest training as an instructor. I was trained in all different formats for four days straight, 13 hours each day. Then, I went back to a teaching schedule of 25 classes a week. I taught 25 classes a week in Los Angeles for two years straight; it was probably the most challenging workout routine I have ever done!

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? Helping others reach their fitness goals and seeing how it changes their whole life. It can be really challenging sometimes, but it can also have a huge impact.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal, whether that is to lose 10 pounds or complete an Ironman? If you want it, be dedicated! Don’t go in just half way.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? Any fad diet! Whether it’s eating all protein or eating all of one thing or only drinking something, etc. All of it drives me crazy.

What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? I like too many; I use to sing, so I love all music.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? If it’s a light workout, I will eat a piece of fruit or a red pepper. If it’s a longer workout, I’ll have oatmeal or some type of grain.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? Ahi tuna

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Eat small meals throughout the day! Water, water, water!

Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? I think most good trainers care about the people they train and work with, so I don’t know if that sets me apart. But I do think that puts me at the top. I will work my clients hard to achieve their goals, because that’s what we are there to do! I hope we can have some fun doing it as well! I do think that might set me apart from others, as I am creative and make what might be grueling otherwise a lot of fun!

Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Justin Ehling

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / Everett, WashingtonBC Trainers Headshots_Justin

Number of years as a personal trainer: 3+

Number of years at the Bellevue Club: I’m new to the Bellevue Club, and I’m looking forward to helping members of this community live well.

Certifications/Degrees: Bachelor of Science in exercise science (Central Washington University), National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified personal trainer, CrossFit Level 1

Area of Expertise (or special certifications): General health and fitness, weight loss and body sculpting, sports performance

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? Expect to have fun and work hard. Expect to accomplish your goals in a safe and progressive manner.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? In college I could squat over 600 lbs. (Don’t try this at home.)

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? When I think about all the people who are born with or suffer from challenging health conditions, it motivates me to help. It also motivates me to help people maintain their health–because if we are lucky enough to be blessed with a healthy body, it’s a shame not to make the best of it. It’s also rewarding to help others overcome health challenges and avoid future health challenges by making a change today.

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? Get support. Whether it’s a coach, a family member, a friend or a group, it’s much more effective and a lot more fun to work with others. We’re pack animals. We go to school together, we work together and we play sports together. In all areas of life we benefit from support and partnerships. Why should we exercise and train in isolation?

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? The notion that there’s a singular ideal training method. Every exercise program and new celebrity fad claims to be the miracle approach, when in reality it varies by the individual. Everyone has different goals and different values, and I embrace these differences. I don’t want to force anyone to be something different; I want to help them be the best version of themselves. I learn from the latest science and draw from different programs and philosophies to create the ideal program for each client.

What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? I don’t have one specific song or artist, but I like electronic music for conditioning and rock for strength training.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? I like to pile it on about an hour before the gym and carry a snack and sports drink throughout. My workouts take a lot of fuel.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? Grilled salmon with broccoli.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Fully commit to forming good habits. It only takes about 3 weeks to start to form a good habit, so buckle down and before you know it those things that seem like obstacles will become an invigorating part of your life.

Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? I can be a tough coach, but I can also empathize, and I’m easy to communicate with. Whether you’re on my client roster or not, I’m here to help, so please reach out to me. justinehling@gmail.com

Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Christin Tercek

Hometown: Tualatin, Ore.BC Trainers Headshots-18_Christin

Years as a personal trainer: 13

Years at the Bellevue Club: 15

Certifications/Degrees: American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer, TRX certified trainer, Heart Zones certified, bachelors of science in exercise physiology

Area of Expertise: Group training, circuit training, TRX, functional/strength training, weight management, preventative/post injury rehab

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? My clients can expect to have fun with me yet still enjoy a challenging workout. More than likely, they can expect to hear many form corrections (but always in a positive manner).

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? I was a gymnast from five years old through college (on a gymnastics scholarship). I made it to nationals three times, and my freshman year of college my team won nationals. Another huge accomplishment for me was running my first half-marathon recently with my husband. As a gymnast we sprinted 74 feet down the vault runway and that was about it, so running 13.1 miles was a miracle.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal? Know that reaching fitness goals will take time and commitment. You must push through the uncomfortable times and keep a positive mindset, believing you will get to your goal.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? People thinking that cardio alone is the answer to weight loss.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? I load up on Skittles! Joking aside, I typically like to work out before lunch, so I will have a mid-morning snack like apples and all-natural peanut butter.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? I typically like to make sure I get plenty of water and eat a meal containing carbs, protein and a healthy fat.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Stop shrugging your shoulders up to your ear lobes, and keep a tall posture.

Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Melanie Baker

Name: Melanie Baker

BC Trainers Headshots-17_MelanieHometown: Edmonds, Washington

Number of years as a personal trainer: 10

Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 9

Certifications/Degrees: Fitness specialist degree A.A.S, NSCA-CPT

Area of Expertise (or special certifications): General weight loss, cardio coaching, heart zones training

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? I try to address their needs and goals in a strategic but fun way. I like to keep the session moving at a pace they find challenging but doable. Depending on their goals, it can be anything from cardio training, kick boxing, mat work, high intensity circuit work or light stretching and ab work.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? I just recently completed my first marathon and qualified to run in the Boston Marathon.

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? Helping people exceed their own expectations and offering a healthier, more enjoyable life, all while rocking lululemon. Does it get any better?

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? Don’t forget why you started in the first place, and stay focused.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? Spot reducing and that carbs are bad. Oops, that’s more than one.

What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? Beyonce. All day.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? Smoothie and hard boiled egg

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? Quinoa and chicken

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? Don’t eat that! Just kidding, but honestly probably the request for their fitness pal information.

Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? I truly enjoy training here at the Bellevue Club. I like to think that shows in my sessions. Working out is hard and getting started is even harder. I try to ease the process by making it fun, whether that is finding out which exercises makes you feel best or distracting you with a bad joke as you do the exercise you hate the most. Fitness is a journey, might as well make it a good one.

Meet Bellevue Club’s New Basketball Coordinator

IMG_7428Name: Reggie D. Clinton Jr.

Title: Basketball Coordinator

Number of Years as a Basketball Coach: I have been a basketball coach for about three years here in the Bellevue area. I have coached camps for Nate Robinson and the Seattle Storm, while helping with high schools as well. Also, I have coached for Friends Of Hoop and Bellevue College.

Number of Years as an Athlete (and where): I have been playing football, basketball and baseball since I was 6 years old.  I continued with basketball, football and some track throughout high school. I also played two years of basketball at Bellevue College.

What is your greatest sports related accomplishment? Being able to be part of the Seattle Storm practice team. Playing with professionals really helped me appreciate the game more.

What is the most rewarding part about being a coach? The most rewarding part of being a coach is to watch players develop into not just great athletes but great people. Aspects of basketball intertwine with how we live our lives and teach us respect for the people around us.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have an athletic goal? My piece of advice is that if you are dedicated to your dream or sport, make sure you are around people that share the same values. Your association will determine what you do with your life.

What is one training/sports-related misconception that drives you crazy? One misconception that drives me crazy is that if you have talent you will always be good. I always live by the quote: hard work beats talent when talent fails to work.

What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? My favorite band to work out to is David Crowder band.

What is your favorite pre-training nutritional routine? I don’t really have one; I just eat healthy protein bars and take vitamins.

What is your favorite post-training recovery meal? Post-training meals are protein shakes and some type of pasta dish.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to players and other athletes? Our greatest gift on Earth is the power of choice. The people that succeed in life have only gotten up one more time than they have been knocked down.

 

Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Jessica Hintz

Name:  Jessica HintzBC Trainers Headshots_Jessica

Hometown: Mill Creek, WA

Number of years as a personal trainer: 8

Certifications/Degrees: National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, Associate in Applied Science degree from Lake Washington Tech

Area of Expertise (or special certifications): Endurance training, triathlons, marathons, golf, tennis, rejuvenation and stretching

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? If you don’t have a fitness goal, I will make one for you, and it’s likely to be many small goals leading to something awesome. I incorporate a combination of strength, cardio and rejuvenation into my sessions for a balanced and fun approach to fitness goals.                                         

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? I have a few marathons, Ironmans and one 5K that stand out from the rest as great accomplishments because I trained with such discipline and perseverance that I was completely prepared for the mental and physical challenges of race day. I trusted the process, hit my goals and had so much fun!                                                                                    

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? Watching my clients get outside their comfort zone and do things they never thought they could.

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? Give 100 percent, enjoy (and trust) the process and the results will happen.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? People confusing being skinny with being lean.

What is your favorite song/artist to workout to? I’m sort of digging all the new hip hop country stuff, but only if it’s playing in the room. I may be one of the only people that doesn’t wear headphones when I train.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? A bagel, banana and coconut water is usually my recipe for a successful long training day. An energy gel and water gets me through the short sessions.                                                               

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? Chicken, vegetable and wild rice soup after a long training ride is the best.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? You’ll surprise yourself with your abilities if you simply don’t give up.                                         

Is there anything else you think sets you apart as a trainer? From 7 years old, I remember writing workout programs for myself that included running laps around the garden, practicing the splits for flexibility, and lifting my mom’s eight-pound sand-filled dumbbells. I also used to schedule running and biking races in my neighborhood. Fitness has always been playtime for me.

Meet Bellevue Club Trainer Casey Brown

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Name:  Casey Brown

Hometown:  Woodinville, Wash.

Years as a personal trainer: 6

Years at the Bellevue Club: 2

Certifications/Degrees:  American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer

Area of Expertise: Booty Barre and TRX

What can clients expect out of a training session with you?

You will likely be using your own body weight for a lot of the session, utilizing my favorite pieces of equipment: TRX straps, BOSU and physio balls. But don’t be fooled by the lack of heavy dumbbells, you will be challenged, and you will gain functional strength and mobility.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment?

Hiking 75 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (from Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass).  It honestly felt like more of a mental challenge than physical though.

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer?

Helping my clients realize the strength they always had, both physically and mentally. Yes, I test mental endurance too.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal?

Consistency in your training, nutrition, sleep and overall well-being.  With that said, I am a firm believer in balance, so enjoy your rest days, your chocolate, or glass of wine. It’s all about 80/20—eighty percent focus and consistency toward your goal and 20 percent enjoyment.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy?

That there’s no single program that leads to a healthy, strong, balanced body.  I know for a lot of people working out isn’t the highlight of their day (unless you’re coming to see me!) but if you can find something you enjoy, something you’ll stick with, then you’re likely to make it a priority and progress.  The perfect program is the one you do.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine?

A bit of caffeine and half of an apple with peanut butter.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal?

It changes, but right now the protein scramble at Luna (eggs, quinoa, black beans, spinach, goat cheese and, of course, a lot of Sriracha.)

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? My top three: Foam roll; harder today, easier tomorrow; and lean into the work, meaning don’t be scared when it gets really tough. Don’t back down; you’ve got to push through to see what’s on the other side of that discomfort.