Over the next few weeks we'll be giving you some insights into the background and lives of our dedicated staff and volunteers. This week's feature is an interview with Mike, one of the newest trainers at Rainier Health & Fitness.
What's your favorite thing about working at RHF?
I absolutely love the community you find when you come to Rainier Health and Fitness. In the short time I've worked here it has been clear that the staff genuinely care about the health and well-being of the members and that the members appreciate and love the staff. That may not sound revolutionary, but I can tell you from my experience, that kind of atmosphere is special, and rarely found in a gym.
Tell us a little about how you came to be a trainer. When did you first become interested in health and fitness?
Growing up I was always involved in athletics. A lot of what I learned about fitness came out of my experience as a High School and College athlete. My love for coaching and training came while I worked with youth in Chicago and Atlanta and during my time as a trainer for a gym in South Lake Union. These experiences taught me about the importance of taking care of your body and the power of physical fitness to re-shape lives and create community.
What's the craziest thing you've ever done to stay fit?
When I lived in Chicago, my housemates used to think I was crazy when I would put all the canned goods in plastic bags and lift them like weights. I've also been know to do push-ups with my kids or wife on my back when I can't get to the gym...good family fun!
Confession time: List your top 3 healthy snacks and admit a guilty pleasure.
My three go-to snacks are:
1. Peanut butter and banana toast (on Dave's killer bread) with flax seed and chia seeds sprinkled on top. Sometimes I'll add a drizzle of honey if I'm really feeling crazy.
2. Morning Shake: Almond milk, peanut butter, flax seed, chia seed, banana, oatmeal and ice. I want one right now!
3. Greek yogurt (usually blueberry) with granola mixed in,
Ice cream...almost always chocolate.
Do you have any motivation tips for working out regularly?
Have FUN! If you don't enjoy the gym, or worse, if you dread going to the gym, eventually you will stop working out. So find a time that works well for you, mix up your workout routine often and your time in the gym each day will become something you look forward to. Consistency is the key to long-term success, and keeping it fun, interesting and challenging is the key to consistency.
Thanks for sharing with our members, Mike! Now you all know what to bring him for a morning snack :) You can also check out the rest of our staff's bios over on our team page.