Amanda Terry is a great personal fitness trainer and new addition to the Gymnut community representing 4Core fitness. She took the time to sit down with us to discuss how she got into fitness, her life story, and why training with her is truly special.

1. What got you into fitness?
I was a dancer for many years and after an injury, like many dancers, I
could no longer continue. I gained a lot of weight and when I couldn’t see
my own feet I decided to do something about it! I wanted to gain as much
knowledge as I could and continue to do so as a trainer and instructor so
that I could lose the weight and keep it off. Now, I focus on building a
lot of muscle and a body that will serve me well for a long, long time.

2. What experiences, skills, and certifications make you unique?
I’m a Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition & Wellness Specialist and am
YogaFit Certified. I have worked with a wide range of clients from doctors
and nurses on shift work to couples who just want to be healthier as they
reach their 70′s. Having not only a training certification but a
background in nutrition and yoga has helped me to create some well-rounded
programs for those clients.

3. What is the biggest highlight of being a personal trainer?
The biggest highlight for me is seeing my clients become really strong and
gain so much confidence in themselves. It’s a very rewarding career.

4. What are your personal fitness goals?
After a pretty serious concussion almost 2 years ago I lost all of my
muscle and had to start from scratch. My focus has been to rebuild that
muscle and make it as big as I can for my body while never, ever going
hungry. Now, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been in my life and have never
felt better. Life is good!

5. Who is your fitness idol?
That’s a tough one. I have a number of them for various reasons. Dana Linn
Bailey for her sculpted arms. Nicole Wilkins for her muscle symmetry and
she’s just such a nice grounded person. Shaun T for teaching people that
you can goof around and have fun while you get fit. He’s encouraging and I
like that attitude.

6. If you’re not in the gym where are you?
There’s somewhere OTHER than the gym??? Just kidding. I am usually out
hiking in the beautiful sunshine or in my comfy clothes on my comfy couch
watching a Marvel movie.

Amanda also took the time to create a sample workout for your enjoyment. Try this one on your next leg day!

Sample workout: Lower body
45 sec each exercise, 15 sec break in between. Repeat once more then move
on to next pair of exercises. Example given in first pair of moves is
applicable to remaining pairs.

1. Low Squats (45 sec)
    15 sec break
    Alternating forward lunge (45 sec)
    15 sec break

2. Monkey Lunge
    Abductor Lifts (banded)

3. Deadlift
    Pistol Squats

4. Squat Pulse
    Hip Raises

5. Squat Jumps
    1 leg heel raise


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