Close (x)

battle of the trainers

feature

Interviews
Lauren Hunsberger

Photography
Michael Matti

Art Direction
Bonnie Tankovich

Whether you want to lose 10 pounds, complete an Ironman, lower your blood pressure or climb Mount Kilimanjaro, there’s no doubt Bellevue Club has the go-to fitness guru perfect for the job. But what happens when the trainers themselves go head-to-head and battle it out, boasting the health benefits of their specific training method? Information abounds, and everyone wins as the trainers reveal their expert tips, tricks and secrets for reaching fitness goals.

Karrie Dutton

Name: Karrie Dutton    
Hometown: Sammamish, Wash.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 7
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 3
Certifications/Degrees: Wellness Coach certified, American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer
Area of Expertise: Group circuit training, Titleist Performance Institute golf training, yoga, Pilates, Barre

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? 
I like to do full-body circuit training and change the workouts every day. 

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? 
Every year I try and set one physical goal and one educational goal. Last year I completed my first half-marathon and received my wellness coach certification. Those were both huge for me.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have 
a fitness goal?
Start small and simple. Each week change just one thing. If you want to lose weight, make just one little substitution in your diet. If you want to gain strength, add in just a few more minutes of weight training. Then the next week make another small change. It all adds up to big results.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy?
When I walk into most gyms I see the women doing cardio and the men doing weights. We need to teach women that it’s important to be strong. They set the example for their family, and what they do makes a difference.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine?
I normally have a Pump Fuel drink if I’m doing a big weightlifting day; otherwise, I do my cardio two to three hours after a light snack.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal?
I make a spinach and egg-white quiche.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? 
Stay positive. Positive thoughts manifest positive results.

Rusty PrudenName: Rusty J. Pruden
Hometown: Marysville, Wash.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 5 
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 2 
Certifications/Degrees: USA Triathlon Youth Development and Olympic recruitment coach, LeMond indoor cycling certified, proficient in central nervous system development techniques for swimming, associate’s degree in psychology and criminal justice
Area of Expertise: Endurance sports, strength and agility

What can clients expect out of a training session with you?
Plain and simple: Have fun and work hard. Hard work pays off! Workouts are specific to what my client’s goals are, and I make sure everyone is taken care of as if I were coaching myself.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment?
Becoming an All-American Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges runner in the 8-kilometer, 800-meter, 1500-meter (with a 3:56 1500-meter time), and becoming a professional triathlete (2010-2013). 

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal?
Set short-term goals and long-term goals, and write them down. Believe in yourself, and never be afraid to ask for help or advice. Consistency and hard work are the keys to success. 

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy?
The idea that more is better. It’s not just about doing more; it’s about focusing on improving your weaknesses. That’s what makes you a better athlete and what keeps you injury-free.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine?
If it’s a morning workout, a maple bar, Red Bull, and Gatorade Endurance Formula drink. If it’s mid-day or evening, a Gatorade Endurance Formula drink and a berry shake.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal?
Usually anything I can get my hands on. But when planned, Gatorade Recover Protein Shake, turkey dip with tots, or fruit from Splash and an amber ale. 

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients?
Be patient; don’t work out hard every day. Listen to your body, recover when your body tells you to, and believe in yourself.

Shannon TrebigName: Shannon Treybig
Hometown: I have moved too 
many times to have a hometown.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 19 
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 7.5
Certifications/Degrees: 
USA Triathlon certified coach, 
Road Runners Club of America certified coach, 
American Council on Exercise certified, 
Schwinn certified spin instructor, 
bachelor’s degree in exercise science
Area of Expertise: 
Triathlon, running, functional strength training

What can clients expect out of a training session with you? 
They can expect fundamental, functional strength training to improve fitness, athleticism and longevity. No fancy tricks, just hardcore work that focuses on proper muscle recruitment, reduces risk of injury and gets results.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment? 
I completed 11 triathlon Ironman competitions, including three world championships. I also ran 40 marathons before the age of 40 (12 in one year).

What is the most rewarding part about being a personal trainer? 
Seeing people’s confidence grow and positive attitudes flourish as they achieve their goals and feel the effects outside and in.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal?
Accountability. Whether it’s a personal trainer, a training partner, or an online tracking system, set up an accountability system to keep you motivated and on track.

What is the one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? 
Just one? There are so many. For women, it’s that lifting weights will make them big or gain weight.

Cameron CourtName: Cameron Court
Hometown: Issaquah, Wash.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 4 
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 2 
Certifications/Degrees: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, American Council on Exercise certified, Swim Team Coach Certified, Crossfit Level 1 certified, Insanity certified instructor, Schwinn certified spin instructor, former nationally ranked powerlifter, college athlete, bachelor’s degree in biology
Area of Expertise: Athletic training and sports performance

What can clients expect out of a training session with you?
They will get a whooping (within their limits) and learn something new in the process. I will push them to the limit, and I will make it hard but fun if the situation calls for it.  It depends on what they are training for.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment?
Achieving national ranking and placing first in my division at a United Powerlifting Association meet in 2010.  However, I think my best physical and mental accomplishment will be coming back from two Tommy John elbow surgeries and attempting to play baseball again, hopefully at the semi-professional level.

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal?
Stick to your plan. I think the biggest problem people face is they give up on their goals way too early. Aim high and push yourself each and every day. Never give up; no matter how hard or how difficult the road is, stick to your goals and don’t settle for anything less than your best.

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy?
Lifting weights will make me bulk up. Not true. You can get lean muscle or build endurance by altering or changing the volume or set/rep ranges.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine?
A protein bar and a pre-workout drink to get pumped up!

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal?
Sweet potatoes and chicken breast.

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients?
Consistency is the biggest key.  If you want to see any success you need to have consistent efforts and be disciplined enough to carry out your routines on a daily basis.

Casey BrownName:  Casey Brown
Hometown:  Woodinville, Wash.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 5
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 1 
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—80 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. 

Corey PattersonName: Cory Patterson    
Hometown: Redmond, Wash.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 8
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 2
Certifications/Degrees: National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, Training for Warriors Level 1 certification
Area of Expertise: General awesomeness, strength and conditioning

What can clients expect out of a training session with you?
A life-changing experience! I’m always coaching my clients though the session on form and technique as well as the mental element. Lots of fun added in there too.

What is your own greatest physical or fitness-related accomplishment?
 Placing second in the 2008 Washington State Ironman Bodybuilding Competition in the middleweight novice division. 

What is your No. 1 piece of advice for people who have a fitness goal?
Respect and be specific about your goal.  Focus, intensity and direction determine destination. 

What is one fitness-related misconception that drives you crazy? That you can “outwork” your diet.

What is your favorite pre-workout nutritional routine? 
BCAA (branched-chain amino acids supplements), caffeine, beta-alanine supplements.

What is your favorite post-workout recovery meal? 
Sweet potatoes and a protein. 

What is the one thing you find yourself repeating over and over again to clients? 
Eat right, work hard, stretch and repeat.

Christin TercekName: Christin Tercek    
Hometown: Tualatin, Ore.
Number of years as a personal trainer: 11
Number of years at the Bellevue Club: 13
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 

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. 

The featured contenders are only a few of the trainers at the Bellevue Club. For more information about all the trainers, pick up a Meet the Trainers brochure in one of the studios around the  Club.

« BACK | PAGE: 1

Comments Closed

Bellevue North Shopping Center

Gordon James Fine Diamonds