Name: Kezia Bernard-Nau
Certification: National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
I’ve always been athletic and fit, for all the wrong reasons. I focused on the outcome vs. how exercise makes me feel. Within the last 3 years, I started searching for a way to feel good on a daily basis, that didn’t include any of my unhealthy vices. Over time, working out went from being a begrudging task, to something I looked forward to. It was a slow uphill climb, to come to truly love working out; but I committed to the task. My growing passion for health and wellness is what lead me to Pongo!
How do the benefits of physical training in the gym translate into everyday life?
First and foremost, exercise helps me with accountability. Additionally, I have found having a workout regimen aides in my work ethic. I usually find that if I’m consistent in the gym, I’m on top of other things in my life and vice versa. The awareness and care of my body and how it feels when I commit to working out 4-5 days a week, go hand-in-hand for me.
What is your favorite part of being a personal trainer?
My favorite part of personal training is making discoveries with my clients along the way. When a client pushes past a mental block, and realizes they’ve gotten stronger; or just talks about how their day went; I feel connected to them. I love the trust and the support we continue to build each session. Getting to share my knowledge, as well as help someone reach their goals, is a pretty sweet deal!
What is your sport or training modality of choice?
I love lifting! Seeing how strong someone, as small as I am, can become is amazing.
If you could tell someone brand new to fitness ONE thing, what would it be?
I would say be kind to yourself. Experiment with different modalities. And, apply whatever you learn with your trainer, in your daily life.
For instance, if your goal is to have better posture and you work to strengthen those muscles in your session; then when you're at work, set alarms on your phone to remind you to sit up straight.
What makes you unique?
I have a keen interest in people and helping them to achieve their goals. My ego isn’t present when I’m with my clients, which really allows for me to hear them.