Running the Distance: The Inspiring Journey of Personal Trainer Kate McNally
Just the other day a client asked me how I got started. I have been a trainer now for 15 years! It’s been a while since I thought back to how I got where I am. The answer is running. No, I didn’t run here. Running brought me here.
I found running in high school. One day walking down the hall between classes I noticed a poster on the wall urging students to sign up for the indoor track team. On whim- I did. I knew I could run around my yard- why not a track?? Woof! Practice was an eyeopener. I remember seeing stars after my first 600m sprint. Luckily I had a great coach and overtime I got better. Seeing and feeling my body transform was life changing. I was doing better in school and my self esteem skyrocketed. I was hooked on running.
Sharing that feeling with others became a goal. In college, I decided to major in physical education. After graduating, in 2008, I started substitute teaching. That first summer out of college (mostly just because I needed money) I got a job as a personal trainer. Turns out I was actually pretty good at it. The rest is history.
I ended up at Mike’s Fitness in 2010. Where I train a variety of clients. Many are runners, but not all. Known for my patient, gentle approach that still kicks your butt I developed a solid following of older generation folks. Skills like balance and strength that are key to running – also super important to the aging population. Years of experience has given me a deep well of knowledge to pull from as I work with clients of all ages and abilities.
When I meet with clients I always spend the first few minutes discussing how they feel. Setting intentions for the workout that day. Paying attention and listening so that I can specifically tailor the workout to their changing needs. I ask “How do you feel?” a lot! It’s important to stay in tune with the people you are training in a deeply personal and real way.
A typical workout with me starts with a warm up. Usually a series of dynamic movements repeated 2-3 times. Then we move into strength. Focusing on fundamental functional movements. Next, depending on the client’s condition and goals we either finish with a core circuit or some kind of metabolic finisher (that gets the heart rate up). Always leave a workout with me feeling better than when you started.
I have a BS in Physical Education and Movement Arts. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. As well as RRCA run coach, GGS Pre/ Post Natal Coach, AFFA Group EX and FMS.
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