Name: Geraldine

Vocation: Personal Trainer

Location: New York, NY

 

1. What do you currently do now and how did you end up here? Any pit stops along the way and did those pit stops help you get to the career and woman you are now?

Currently, am a Personal Trainer (visit here: GetDryFit.com) at the New York Sports Clubs and PRIV an on demand Beauty and Wellness app. I went to University and  got a Bachelors degree in Health Science with an emphasis of exercise after changing my major twice. It definitely took me longer to graduate but I regret nothing!! During University I really had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do as my vocation because of the expectations of my parents. But, I quickly realized I should be pursuing my passion and it has been working out so far.  

I love working with my clients to achieve their fitness goals. Helping them push boundaries and accomplish things they never thought they would the first time I met them. Shameless plug, holler at your girl, if you are wanting to get kicked back in to shape. Summer bodies are made in the Winter :)

 

2. What are your current gaps, barriers, facilitators, or motivators? Any of those in particular that helped you along the way?

One of my former professors motivate me to get in to the field because of all the exercise testing that we did, made me think why not help people improve their VO2 testing or Body Mass Index by writing out a program that they can follow for about three months and see if there is a positive increase or decrease in numbers respectively.

 

3. What is your ideal state / dream state of being as a woman in your career and a woman in this world? How will you get there?

My ideal state is to be a Strength and Condition coach for College Athletics. But the Dream is to be an athletic trainer for Women's/Men's professional sports. I am in the middle of studying for an upcoming exam for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach Exam. After passing that exam I'll totes be offish!!

 

4. What common misconceptions do you find about your field, your life, about women in general?

The biggest misconceptions about working out is that cardio is the do all end all, if a person is wanting to lose weight. But to the contrary weight lifting will help burn more calories, fat and helps build lean muscle. And "NO", women will not get bulky/brolic if lifting weights ;)  I for instance can deadlift 200lbs, Bench 90lbs, and Squat 165lbs not to toot my own horn!! I am foodie who loves to workout so maybe I don't have the six pack abs but I am happy about what I have accomplished in my fitness journey that is never ending.

 

5. Any advice or tips & tricks you want to give to a younger you? Whether it be how to apt hunt on craigslist to getting your shoes cobble to getting a work mentor etc

Don't be afraid to ask for help/ assistance.

Sleep is not as important as that Final that you didn't study for

Study abroad ( I have still gotten to travel to 7 countries in the past 3 yrs)

 

BONUS QUESTION: What should lead your life: passion or pragmatism? (general thoughts, could be a convergence, could be one or the other!)

There is a happy medium between passion leading my life and pragmatism. My passion is fitness and I have goals of where I would like to be in the next 3 years but pragmatism definitely keeps my goals in check so that they are attainable and tangible.

 

BONUS BONUS QUESTION: What are you most proud of?

Graduating from University!

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