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400 The Life: Get in shape for 2018
Fitness ‘not a one-size-fits-all thing’
Working out
Personal trainer Wendy Hood, right, works with a client, above and right, in her studio. - photo by Bradley Wiseman

Whether you want to lose some weight, or just want to live a healthier life, this is the month millions of people dust off their sneakers, grab a bottle of water and head to the gym. Forsyth County resident and personal trainer Wendy Hood left corporate America and founded My H.E.A.L.T.H Kick. The acronym stands for Helping Everyone Achieve Life Through Healthy Habits. 

Hood is passionate about helping others. 

“Being healthy is all about setting goals, making good choices and living a healthy lifestyle,” Hood said. “How can you live out your mission if you are not healthy?” 

Hood trains clients in her home gym and also teaches physical education and martial arts to children in four Montessori schools. 

Tips for staying on track with a fitness routine

• Try to exercise first thing in the morning so you get it done. 

• If you don’t have a gym to go to, have some routines you can do at home for those days when you just can’t get to the gym.

• Watch a 30 minute television show and commit to exercise during the whole thing.

• Use bribery on yourself. Commit to working out three times a week and reward yourself when you reach your goal. 

• Purchase some new workout clothes and/or some walking/running sneakers. Don’t forget good socks.

• Find a friend, or better yet, team up with your spouse to hold each other accountable.

• Don’t forget your headphones and music. Create playlists with upbeat music to keep you moving.

• Set realistic goals for yourself. 

• Stay hydrated all day. Always keep a water bottle nearby. Use filtered water if possible. 

• Even if you don’t have time to do a long workout, shoot for 10 or 15 minutes. Some exercise is better than none at all. 

• Make it a habit. Remember: If you do something every day for 30 days, it becomes a habit. 

When asked about tips for fitness and health goals for the New Year, Hood advised you make a plan. “I think it’s helpful to ask yourself, ‘what do you want your life to look like?’” Hood said. “Instead of yo-yo dieting, change your lifestyle — eat real, unprocessed food, exercise and drink lots of water.” Hood advocates a 90/10 plan when it comes to eating. In other words, if you are eating clean 90 percent of the time, you can eat things that are not so healthy 10 percent of the time and you will be fine. 

Karen Cleveland, one of Hood’s clients, said her primary goal right now is to gain muscle, learn all she can about nutrition, and live a healthier life. She works out with Hood several times a week and she also does routines Hood designed for her at home. 

Genesis Performance & Fitness Owner and Certified Personal Trainer Brian Teague said his team is dedicated to helping clients get fit and stay that way. 

Teague became a personal trainer back in 2000 while working in corporate America. 

In 2002, he left his job and entered the world of fitness full time. Teague opened Genesis three years ago and never looked back. 

“We have small groups — no more than 12 individuals, with one personal trainer for every six clients,” Teague said. “We really get to know our clients, which helps us hold them accountable.” 

There are 16 sessions every day, so clients can choose the best time for them. The exercises change daily, offering no opportunity for boredom. 

Mary Moffitt, director of operations and certified personal trainer at Genesis, said fitness is “not a one-size-fits-all thing. With metabolic conditioning, you continue to burn calories even after your work out.” 

Moffitt said personal trainers try to help design a personalized program for clients to help them reach goals.

“We know how busy people are with work, kids and just life in general, so we try to be realistic,” she said. 

To view the January 2018 of 400 The Life click here.