Trainer Spotlight: Kristen Latteri
Today we are highlighting Pongo Power Personal Trainer, Kristen Latteri. Kristen is a National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer; a graduate of American University, with a Bachelor of Science & Business Administration; and a graduate of Fordham University, with a Master of Social Work: LMSW.
What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
My own health and wellness journey after having my son inspired me to get certified as a personal trainer. I have always been an athletic, active person; however, it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I began to fully understand and appreciate how essential physical activity and fitness are to my life.
My fitness journey began when I went ice skating for the first time at the age of three. I was immediately hooked. I skated competitively for over a decade, training at the Detroit Skating Club, and earned a national bronze medal in synchronized skating. After a hip injury, I stopped figure skating competitively and began playing ice hockey and snowboarding. Ice hockey would prove an important part of my story, as it is how I met my wife!
After college, exercise continued to be a part of my normal routine. I tried all kinds of workouts from strength training to trendy fitness classes. I found strength training to be a wonderful part of my pregnancy, helping me to feel calm, confident, and strong. After the birth of my son, I was really excited to return to my old routines. However, I encountered a few roadblocks (both mental and physical) along the way, and it took me much longer than I expected. With the helpful encouragement of a new friend, I started exercising regularly again.
It wasn’t until exercise became a fundamental, non-negotiable, part of my routine that I was able to recognize, not only the physical benefits that it brought to my life but also the social and emotional benefits. My body felt better, my mind felt clearer, and I regained a piece of myself that had been neglected.
Prior to starting a career as a personal trainer, I worked as a licensed social worker helping clients work towards a variety of goals. Reflecting on my own fitness journey, I developed an increasing interest in the interconnectedness between the body and mind. Taking the confidence I gained from making strides towards my own health and fitness goals, I decided to make a career change and focus on personal training full time.
How do the benefits of physical training in the gym translate into everyday life?
Training has so many benefits! In addition to the physical, training can help enhance mood, increase energy, improve memory and create better sleep patterns. Taking care of our physical health is a significant part of taking care of our overall well being, which allows us to show up better in all areas of our lives.
What is your favorite part of being a personal trainer?
My favorite part of being a personal trainer is helping my clients set goals and achieve them through safe, evidence based programs. I love working in a field that motivates me to keep evolving and learning and sharing that knowledge.
What is your sport or training modality of choice?
These days, functional training is most important to me. As a mom to a preschool age child I am constantly lifting awkward heavy loads, having impromptu dance parties, playing competitive games of tag and teaching my son about all kinds of movement and sports. It is important to me to have a workout that keeps my body strong, aligned, and feeling good!
I also really enjoy pilates and I love meeting up with friends for a spin or cardio dance class (on hold for now). I’ve always felt at peace in the mountains so snowboarding, biking, and hiking are some of my favorite ways to spend time with my family.
If you could tell some brand new to fitness ONE thing, what would it be?
Invest in yourself now, belief in yourself to keep moving forward, and a small step today will lead to big changes down the road. As the saying goes, “a little progress each day adds up to big results.”
What makes you unique?
My combined experience training as a competitive athlete, my background working with motivation and behavioral change as a social worker, and my understanding of the challenges of parenting make me unique! Regardless of an individual’s goal - whether it be training for a specific sport, general health, fitness, or overall balance and wellness - I can help!
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Meet the Author
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Kristen is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, who also holds a master's degree in social work from Fordham University. She has a strong interest in the interconnectedness between physical health and mental well-being that led her to pursue a career in personal training. Kristen works to promote healthy and happy lifestyles by coaching her clients through safe and fun workouts designed to help them achieve their personal goals.
Growing up as a competitive figure skater and ice hockey player, movement and physical fitness have always played a central role in her life. Kristen is an avid snowboarder and enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and biking with her family.
“I love helping my clients reach their wellness goals by designing fitness programs that can be incorporated into a balanced lifestyle. My goal is to make working out a fun part of your routine!”
If you'd like to train with Kristen, shoot her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!