Meet the country's best butt-kickers. Here are 9 trainers FOFs call on to get (and keep) in shape:
1. Erica Akemi Shepherd
at The Pilates Company
, Woodinville, WA
says, “She's beautiful inside and out and a tough and fun trainer. Her studio, The Pilates Company of Woodinville, offers a variety of programs: BASI Certified Pilates, a Pink Ribbon Program for Cancer Survivors, Mommy and Me Pilates, and Tracy Mallet's Booty Barre."
2. Laura Dixon
at Harmony Mind Body Fitness
FOF Susan Dixon
says, “Laura is a one-of-a-kind Pilates trainer. She has a background in dance and Stott Pilates Method as well as certification in Gyrotonics, Gyrokinesis, and XtendBarre. She is quick to understand your strengths and weaknesses and will work one-on-one with you to help you improve your physical condition."
3. Sherry Stewart
, St Louis, MO
says, “Sherry is an FOF, so she knows that there are special needs for women and men over 50. She takes extra special care to make sure you have a well-rounded workout within your limitations. Sherry is also the best personal example--not a 'Do what I say, not what I do' trainer."
4. Donna Perone
, New York, NY
FOF Terry Perl
says, "I've been working with Donna for more than 6 years. What I love is, she doesn't just do what's trendy. She focuses on functionality, flexibility, balance and strength. She's not trying to make you into a 100-pound teenager, she's trying to help you stay moving and keep your joints and bones in shape. Thanks to Donna's workouts I am stronger, I have muscles, I can go up and down stairs better and I don't say 'ooph' when I stand up from a squat! Every woman could benefit from a trainer like her. Plus, she's an FOF herself!"
5. Ernestine Shepherd
, at Energy Fitness Center, Randallstown, MD
says, "This woman is incredible and the greatest inspiration ever. She is 74 years old with the energy and body of a 20 year old. She is a champion bodybuilder and has won trophies all over the world. She teaches classes at Energy Gym and several Senior Centers in Baltimore."
6. Michelle LeFleur
at St.Joseph's/Candler Health System
, Savannah, GA
FOF Susan H
says, "I have always hated exercise even though I know it's good for me. I've had other trainers but it was not until I met Michelle at Candler Wellness Center in Savannah, that I understand how a good trainer can make a difference. I started with Michelle to help lose weight and get strength back in my legs after multiple surgeries. She helped me develop a training program I like and feel good about. Knowing that she's waiting for me at the gym makes me look forward to working out. Best of all, she's introduced me to water exercise. When I'm in the pool, I can move my knees like there's nothing wrong with them. Michelle is not only a trainer, she's become a friend, motivator and cheerleader for every ounce of weight I lose and every ounce of strength I gain."
7. Jane Trahan
, Baton Rouge, LA
FOF sharon k
Jane is amazing. She actually makes me laugh out loud while I'm working out. She has been my trainer for over two years now--the longest time I've ever stuck with a program--because she varies the routine and keeps it interesting. I have joint issues and Jane has adapted her program to work with my joints. She has kept me more active and healthy than I've ever been!"
8. Josh Simmons
at Forma Gym
, Walnut Creek, CA
says, "Josh is a trainer and a massage therapist who has taken me from an injured lump to a long distance cyclist. He can 'kick your butt' kindly while modifying moves to accommodate injuries. Oh, and he's not hard on the eyes, either!"
9. Pam Roth
at Fast Track to Fat Loss,
says, “Pam is part of the Fast Track to Fat Loss team. She is always online to answer any questions and suggest great ideas for success with diet and exercise. She has really become a friend as well as a trainer for the past few months. I'm 71, I started out in size 12 jeans and now wear an 8."
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