Tag Archives: Greg Sims

Your New IFTA Blogger!

9 Jan

Remember Raleigh Fitness Weekend? I’ve been in contact and asked if I could blog about upcoming events, certifications, presenters and more….they agreed! THIS IS SO EXCITING!

As I get the information, I’ll blog about where the event(s) will take place, what certifications are available and the cost, which presenters will be there and anything else I can get my hands on! Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to attend local events and take pictures, write reviews of the classes and interact with the participants to better serve them. Fingers crossed!

A little IFTA background..

Interactive Fitness Trainers of America is both a certification and continuing education company that educates fitness enthusiasts with the basic instruction and understanding necessary to become instructors and trainers. Their mission:

To educate participants on safe, effective exercise.  In dedication to lifetime health and fitness, it is IFTA’s desire to service the instructor by giving them the tools needed to develop all components of fitness.  Our focus is to promote positive interaction between the fitness professional and IFTA so that we can service our clients while providing the most advanced choreography and educational programs available.

This is a great opportunity and I can’t wait to start this week! Stay tuned!

 Greg Sims and I!

IFTA Raleigh Fitness Weekend HITBI

19 Sep

I’m so blessed :). This past weeekend, NCSU hosted the Interactive Fitness Trainers of America Raleigh Fitness Weekend event! Such a great opportunity to network with professionals, meet new instructors from all over, and take tons of different classes that you might not be able to take anywhere else.  I, along with my boss and another instructor at U.Rec., was asked to be a presenter and teach a class-how cool AND honored??! For me, this was a dream come true; to not only be in the presence of my idols like Gay Gasper, Petra Kolber, and Greg Sims but also to be able to network and talk about how they got started in the fitness business was surreal. I can only keep practicing and being persistent to be on their level one day..

The class I taught was High Intensity Total Body Intervals; a weightless workout that interspersed short, intense intervals with toning exercises using the best tool God gave us-our body! Here’s the deets:

Lower body:

  • single-leg squats (pulses, tap forward-side-back)
  • single-leg power jumps
  • squats (pulses, jumps)

Upper body:

  • push-ups
  • staggered push-ups
  • triceps push-ups
  • triceps dips

Lower body:

  • forward/reverse lunges (pulses, knee lifts)
  • clock lunges (forward-side-reverse, pulses, knee lifts)
  • plie squats w/ calf raise (pulses, jumps)
  • bent-over, single-leg hamstring curls

Upper body:

  • diamond push-ups (they LOVED these!)
  • lateral “walking” push-ups
  • can-can triceps dips
  • side-lying triceps push-ups

Core:

  • dead bug

The class flew by and I had a blast teaching it! The participants had high energy (for it being Sunday at 11am), they were interactive and personable with me, and they even asked for a copy of my workout! MY PERSONAL WORKOUT! How honored I felt to almost be “a master trainer”; it’s a feeling that I have and will yearn for and I’m determined to achieve it again and again..