As a Personal Trainer here in San Diego, I realize the hard work that it takes to build up your own personal brand, establish a method of training, and get clients to commit. I take pride in the fact that I have done all of these things and much more in less than one and a half years time. I am so blessed to have a full schedule of clientele who all believe in me and my unique methods of training. I continue to move forward, challenging both myself and my clients, to create the most current and cutting edge personal training techniques.
While my excellence as a trainer and ideas cannot be duplicated, they have been replicated. Yes, someone here locally in San Diego is plagiarizing the unique material that I have worked so hard to create on my website. While some would be flattered, I am offended.
Being that I am very passionate about my work and have built my business from the ground up, I am extremely offended that someone would commit such a crime with my copyrighted work. I am an author. I am a creator. I am an educator. I am a mentor. No one can take this from me, but they can try. I think that being a performing artist makes this even more emotional for me. It reminds me of someone stealing choreography (happens all the time in the dance world). I used to wonder why choreographers were so uptight about who was permitted to perform their work. Now I understand.
Personal trainers are defined by their creativity. This fraudulent trainer obviously doesn’t have the creativity to write her own words, and for that I am truly amazed.
Moreover, this individual does not deserve the credit or clientele that she has received by using my words. This is why I will not mention who this individual is or leave a link to their website. Nor does this person deserve the hits to their lack-luster website. How embarrassing would it be for this trainers clients to find out that the content on their website was actually “personal trainer Nikol Klein’s” material! (too bad my schedule is full…)
I urge you all reading this to be individuals. There are no shortcuts in life. Do not take credit for the work of others. Create your own voice in this world…don’t try to steal mine…and please, write your own damn material for crying out loud. If you can’t do that, then find a new profession. You may find that the karma you have coming isn’t worth the “apple” “c” you pressed on your keyboard.
Best in Health,
San Diego’s Most Trusted Personal Trainer for Women
Eating Made Simple- For the Working Woman
If you are like most San Diego Women these days you work, take care of the kids, enjoy the company of friends, travel or all of the above. We all know that eating healthy is about planning and preparation. Not all of us have the time to prepare a healthy meal each night, so we often fall short of our nutrition goals by eating out. The following is an idea that I have developed to help you set up an entire week of healthy eating in advance! It’s called the Sunday Pre-Pack.
The Sunday Pre-Pack is setting aside 3 hours or so every Sunday to write out your menu for the week, shop for the week, and prepare your meals for the week. Once you have decided which meals you will be having (your trainer can help you with this), hit the grocery store. Make sure you get enough because this grocery list will have to cover 7 days. When you return home, start cooking!
Lunch, daytime snacks, and shakes often present the most problems, so they should definitely be made in advance. You can cook all of the meat and chop up all of the fruits and veggies that you will need for those meals on Sunday. Have them ready in storage containers so that you can grab them in the morning before heading out to work regardless of the kind of day your boss may have in store for you.
If you don’t have a blender set up at work, check out hand held blenders like The Magic Bullet. This way you can make your protein shakes on-the-go. If this isn’t ideal, you can even pre blend your shakes at home and store them in the fridge at work.
The Sunday Pre-Pack will ensure that you do not go hungry or skip meals during the day. With a few hours of preparation and careful planning you will be sure to reach your weight loss goals!
As a San Diego Personal Trainer, I specialize in working with Female clients. Whether I am doing in-home personal training or training them here at my Del Mar home gym, I find that Women typically see better personal training results with female trainers.
There are more Women interested in losing weight and getting fit than there are men, so why are there so few female trainers out there? First off, before I answer this question for you, I want to say that I am in no way sexist. I am just making an observation after my 8 year career as a trusted and successful Personal Trainer. In any case, here is my idea: If you are a guy and you’re a Personal Trainer it’s kind of like a status thing. A lot Male trainers are usually the guys who had the ego problems in high school or were on the Football team. This isn’t the case for all of them…there are some truly wonderful male trainers out there. (think bob from Biggest Loser) But I see this a lot in San Diego and hear about meat-head trainers from a lot of my female clients who now refuse to sign over checks to them.
Women on the other hand usually become Personal Trainers because of a huge change that they made at some point in their lives. Since strength training isn’t necessarily seen as a part of life for Women growing up, female trainers like to promote this to other Women to show them the benefits. Men on the other hand, are taught “weight lifting” from age 12 as it is now introduced in gym class.
Here are the reasons why I feel that Women should train with Female personal trainers.
Not every San Diego personal trainer is created equal- When it comes to choosing a personal trainer, you will find that the market is over-saturated with male trainers advertising their services by the size of their muscles. Women typically are looking to lean out their muscles, so why would they choose to train with someone who is advertising a bulky product?
Women know Women- Sure you have to study anatomy to become certified, but there are certain things that you just have to experience in life in order to grasp a true understanding. Take female hormones and menstruation for example. Need I say more? A male trainer will likely have no idea what it feels like to hit the gym hard during “that time of the month,” thus he probably will not know how to adjust your workout program accordingly.
Knock, knock- If your San Diego Personal Trainer does in-home training, how comfortable do you feel having a man that you barely know come to your house to give you a one on one personal training session? Even more, how does your spouse feel about that?
Choose a specialist- If you are looking for real results, you are best off choosing a trainer who specializes in weight loss for women. This trainer should be able to get your body to the desired look you are going for. More than likely this will be a female trainer.
I hope that you are able to better understand how a female San Diego personal trainer will have a better understanding of female clients, thus get them the desired fitness results they are looking for. Now go out and find one!
Del Mar Personal Trainer Nikol Klein, specializes in Personal Training for Women. She conducts in-home Personal Training, Weight Loss and Nutrition programs in addition to Boot Camps. She is also an accomplished Professional Ballet Dancer.
Most people don’t realize that without a proper diet, their weight loss goals are doomed to fail. This is because diet takes the cake for 70% of your weight loss results. In other words, don’t think that working out alone will get you to your weight loss goals.
Unfortunately, for those who hate to diet and workout, it takes a combination of Diet, Strength Training, and Cardiovascular exercises to lose weight the right way. Any combination other than the three will not work.
Invest in a Nutrition plan. The definition of eating to lose weight is consuming less calories than you take in. Personal Trainers such as myself are able to create custom Meal Plans which eliminate the guess work and cater to your dietary requirements and preferences. After you invest in the plan, follow it.
It may take a while to get used to, but the results will be well worth it. In most cases you will find that you are eating 5 to 6 mini meals a day…more than you are accustomed to eating. You will feel better about yourself too!
Here are a few diet tips that I give to my Nutrition clients;
- Don’t skip breakfast. It revs-up your metabolism for the day.
- Drink lots of water.
- Avoid eating out.
- Enjoy salads for at least 1 meal per day
Interested in a custom Nutrition plan? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the Owner of a 24 hour Fitness Facility for Women, Fit For Her, I am well aware of the precautions that must be taken in order to keep my facility safe for my members. A recent La Fitness tragedy that happened in my hometown near Pittsburgh, PA, hit me hard and just may contribute to the change of security procedures in fitness facilities all over the country. (If you haven’t heard about this tragedy, you can read more about it here.)
This has raised the question, ‘Are gyms really safe?’
Even as a gym owner, I’ve felt a bit paranoid in my own facility after-hours even with cameras rolling. Just the comfort that my facility is in a safe neighborhood isn’t enough. The truth is that there are crazy people everywhere and we can’t assume that everyone is sane. Just because their credit card payments clear every month doesn’t mean that they are good candidates for your facility. There should perhaps be a better screening process.
The information that I am failing to find regarding this situation is what the employees were doing and if it could have somehow been prevented. In my gym, for example, my employees have access to surveillance and key-fob monitoring. If a member visits the facility more than one time in a day a red flag goes up…if the employee is smart and well trained. This is especially true if the member enters the facility, doesn’t workout, then leaves shortly after. Reports that I have read regarding the shooter in the LA Fitness tragedy state that he visited the facility numerous times on the day of the shooting. My employees are trained to look for these signs because more than likely it means the member is stealing from the facility or up to something. I’m wondering what the Owners and managers of this particular facility are thinking. (Please keep in mind that I am not IN Pittsburgh, so I am not getting news…some of these questions may have already been answered by now.)
As a Woman, I personally would never join a co-ed gym for safety concerns, but in some parts of the country Female only fitness facilities aren’t available. Pittsburgh is one of these cities. If you are worried about your safety, look for an all Women’s facility in your area or hire a mobile trainer.
So the next time you see LA Fitness soliciting out front of Giant Eagle really think before you sign-up for that long term contract. It is quite possible that a mobile trainer is the right choice for you.
This is an article that is currently running in a local San Diego Bridal Guide. Enjoy!
When it comes to the big day, brides-to-be really only want three things—the perfect groom, the perfect wedding, and the perfect dress. Nikol Klein, a San Diego Personal Trainer, is helping brides out there who want to add one more thing to that list of perfection—the perfect body.
Let’s face it, even the most svelte of brides includes “lose a few pounds” to her wedding planning to-do list. Every bride wants to be the best version of herself on the best day of her life, and that is where Nikol comes in.
As a personal trainer who caters only to women, Nikol devises her fitness routines to enhance the female form, focusing on toning and tightening. As a Professional Ballet Dancer, she offers brides-to-be workouts that incorporate graceful Ballet moves with unique exercises.
What distinguishes Nikol’s program from simply going to the gym or working with other personal trainers is something that is particularly appealing to busy brides. Nikol brings the gym to you.
So after a long day of working and micromanaging the planning of a wedding, brides don’t have to worry about mustering up the motivation to go to the gym because it’s there when they get home.
“In-home training is wonderful. I’ve found that my clients have better results and it forces me to get creative. I get bored, so I’m always trying to stay at the top of my game,” Nikol admits.
Currently in the process of training three brides, and being a bride-to-be herself, Nikol has gotten very familiar with what problem areas to focus on during her routines: “I target the upper body, because most brides go strapless. I combine Pilates work with simple, light weights.”
Along with herself, Nikol brings physioballs, free weights, elastic bands, mats, and kettle bells and has her clients do fun cardio blasts, like skipping on a treadmill.
As a part of her program, Nikol puts together nutrition guidelines and gives clients suggested recipes. She creates individual meal plans based on what her clients like and dislike.
Nikol also offers online training for the busiest of brides, which allows them to utilize the program even when she isn’t around.
Working mostly in the San Diego area, Nikol covers Del Mar, Leucadia, La Jolla, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Escondido, Encinitas, San Elijo, Rancho Santa Fe, Poway, Solana Beach, Scripps Ranch, La Mesa, and Chula Vista. She also trains with clients at her home gym for a discounted rate. To add even more incentive to look glowing in their gowns, Nikol is offering brides a special wedding package to get buff for the big day. They can choose a three month, six month or nine month long program which includes in-home training twice per week, and nutrition and online programs.
As for some quick tips on how to get in shape and stay slim for the big day, Nikol emphasizes that it is all about consistency and mindset: “You have to believe in it- whatever program you are doing.”
So set aside those seating charts, stop obsessing over the hors d’oeuvres, and let Nikol work her magic to help you look dazzling in your dress.
You can learn more about Nikol’s Bridal Fitness on her website.
You see it every day…the same people on the treadmill, day after day at the gym. Some stay on the treadmill for an hour, some two hours. You wonder how these people can stand this monotonous activity!
The truth is that these people are getting nothing accomplished, other than finishing the book or magazine they are reading.
Tip: Doing the same type and amount of cardio each day is doing nothing for your weight loss!Worse yet, when you take time off from this type of obsessive cardio, you will gain weight.
Make the most out of your time with these Dynamic Cardiovascular exercises that utilize the treadmill and your imagination! Warning: You may feel silly, and the other gym goers may look at you funny, but these Cardio techniques get results! As always, make sure you consult a Physician before embarking upon a new weight loss program or see a trainer like myself for assistance.
Example:Stop/Start Cardio- Try this technique to keep your body guessing as your Heart Rate rises and falls. Begin warming-up for 5-8 minutes at a moderate pace on the treadmill, no incline. Run for 3 minutes. Walk for 2 minutes. Repeat. Do this for a total of 30 minutes. Make sure you cool down for 5 minutes, slowing down as the time runs out. You will see how time flies while you are doing this dynamic, fun workout. This is a great way to get more out of your cardio!
More Dynamic Cardiovascular exercises on the Treadmill include the shuffle, the skip, and my favorite, the Chasse. For questions about these types of exercises or to book a session please visit my wesbite.
-Nikol Klein, CPT/SPN