Last year I started my own personal fitness journey. I had finally decided that I wanted to be healthy and get in shape, but I had a hard time finding a trainer who understood what my goals were. Yes, I wanted to get healthy but I also wanted to love my body and embrace my curves. It was not about weight loss as much as it was about health gains. I searched high and low and finally I found a trainer who totally understood me. His name is Alonza!
Alonza R. Thornton is a Chicago based personal trainer and fitness professional who is dedicated to getting his community healthy and fit. He is the owner of ART of Fitness, Inc and wants the readers of Daily Venus Diva Magazine to know that you can be plus size and be healthy at the same time. He took some time out of his busy training schedule to answer my quick 5.
1. What made you decide to start a career in fitness?
I developed an interest of fitness when I was in junior college. Growing up I was always into athletics, but during college I wanted to learn how the body works and how to get the human body to work at it’s full potential.
2. When is the right time to hire a personal trainer. What are the benefits of a trainer vs. Doing classes or working out alone?
In my opinion the right time to hire a trainer is whenever a person is ready to learn and achieve all of their fitness goals. The benefits of a trainer is the external motivation, guidance, and regimen that is designed to help you reach your goals. In comparison to group training which is designed to cater to a wide range of fitness levels at once, personal training offers one-on-one training and individualized workouts which focus on your individual needs.
3. Many plus size women feel intimated by the gym, what kind of advice can you offer them?
Anytime you are starting something new, it can be intimidating. But if you know that your health is important to you, and you set goals you must stay focused and do what it takes to attain them. It is your body and your journey. You can not worry about what other people might say or think. Find a gym or fitness center where you feel comfortable and put in the work. Find a workout buddy who can share the experience with you. Ultimately, the only opinion that matters is your own. Once you see those results you’ll forget about what anyone else has to say!
4. Can you be plus size and healthy? How Can I get in shape but still keep my curves?
Yes you can be plus size and healthy. Each person has to set their own individual fitness goals. If you want to keep your curves focus on starting a regimen of exercises that are geared more towards toning, endurance and strength training and less about weight loss. No matter what size you are, the goal is to get moving and eat healthy foods. You can start your health journey at any size.
5. If you could train a cartoon character who would it be and what would you focus on?
If I could train a cartoon character it would have to be the Shaggy from Scooby-Doo because he is so weak and frail and does not have any muscles at all. We would focus on speed training and endurance because he needs it while he is running from all those ghosts. I would also work on his posture and his form.
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