Q & A with Monica Woodward

Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Monica Woodward. 1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? I love to compete in triathlons as exercise. That involves swimming, cycling and running. Always do what you love. If you hate doing a specific exercise, you probably won’t do it often. 2. What’s your least favorite exercise, why? Organized sports. I’ve never played soccer, softball, etc. So I never got into that as a form of exercise. 3. What’s your favorite healthy meal? I like fruits and veggies that are super fresh and seasonal! Least favorite? I hate fish and mushy, over cooked veggies. 4. What’s your favorite cheat meal? Nachos!  5. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? I am constantly seeking new quotes and mantras for each stage of my training or season of life. I post “Quotes of the Week” on my social media to keep me focused and motivated on my goals. 6. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? I lost over 75 pounds 2009-2010 mostly doing my own research and trial/error. Many people asked me how I did it. And I learned that everyone is so different with their body types, needs, and motivation. I’ve always been a teacher in some way shape or form, so I was inspired to become a certified personal trainer. I fell in love with fitness and exercise science and made it my career. 7. What inspires you or motivates you? I an inspired by the people I surround myself with. I’ve been so lucky to train amazing clients from all walks of life; I do triathlon training with some of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever met; and my friend circle includes smart, funny, and humble people. They all inspire me to become a better trainer, athlete and friend. I am better because of them. 8. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. I have 2! 1) Losing more than 75 pounds in 2009-2010. I didn’t know I was capable of making such a lifestyle change and creating a new life I didn’t know was possible! 2) Crossing the finish line at my first triathlon in 2016. I overcame (still working on it, occasionally) fears of failure, cycling, and not being mentally, physically, and emotionally able to become a triathlete. I did it and it has changed my life! 9. Best or favorite client story? So many!!! I’ve had clients lose weight and become healthier. Some who wanted to look better in their wedding dress on their special day. A few that just needed help gaining strength so they can do day-in/day-out tasks. And a couple that have crossed finish lines at half-marathons when they couldn’t run a...

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Q & A with Tony Adams

Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers and Peak Physique owner Tony Adams. 1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? My favorite exercise is probably my least favorite exercise to do myself, for the simple reason is that it is so physically demanding.  The squat.  But, the squat not only works some of the largest and most important muscles in the body, many of those same muscles are ones we under-utilize in our daily life. 2. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Vegetable Turkey Meatloaf with balsamic glaze 3. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “There are no special tricks to achieving your fitness goals, only good direction and consistency.” 4. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? Growing up I played team sports and was a competitive runner. I always struggled with gaining muscle and was constantly plagued with injuries.  These challenges inspired an interest in learning more about how and why the body works the way it does.  While studying exercise physiology in college I developed a passion for the science of exercise and how a real knowledge of the body could greatly improve how you take care of it.  Naturally, I made my way to personal training because it gave me an avenue  to share that passion. 5. What inspires you or motivates you? Developing a very personalized plan for a client, and then watching my clients reaching their goals. 6. Best or favorite client story? When my client competed for the title of Mrs. Virginia.  Read Jeanette’s journey here! 7. Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? My goal for myself is still the same… build muscle and maintain functional fitness and symmetry to help prevent injury.  8. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? I love any beach… I really enjoy visiting lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, catching up with my closest friends. 9. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Yes. Exercising helps me relax.  10. What’s your favorite movie? “Man on Fire.” 11. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Whatever is playing in the gym. 12. If you had a different career, what would it be? A medical doctor or real estate investor  13. Do you have any special skills or unique hobbies (unrelated to fitness)? I am a fairly decent cook and enjoy golfing with friends. 14.  More about me … I’m an only child, and my parents moved from Richmond, where we grew up, to N.C. a few years ago. I have 2 cats, Gabby and Smokey, and they keep me vacuuming often. To schedule a consultation with Tony or to discuss personal training options, contact us for more...

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Q & A with Michele Nierle
May30

Q & A with Michele Nierle

Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Michele Nierle.   1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? Yoga, because there are so many options within the yoga practice of how to take care of myself.  2. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Salad with nuts, berries, cheese 3. What’s your favorite cheat meal? I love ice cream, but I don’t call it cheating, I call it bliss. 4. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness, and gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness.” – David Steindl-Rast 5.  Why did you become a yoga instructor? I’ve had great teachers and lots of practice in my life so far, and it is important that it is passed on to others, so others might benefit from that which has been so meaningful in my life. 6. What inspires you or motivates you? Nature, birds, my husband’s love, the wisdom of older adults. 7. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. A memorable moment was when I was taking a yoga class with a shoulder injury. I really had to modify my practice, which made me upset, to the point of tears. Then, a shift occurred:  I got the message that I needed to love and care for the injury, that being upset at it wasn’t helping anything. I chose in that moment to embrace all of it, the parts that felt good and the parts that didn’t feel so good, and that was pivotal in my approach to dealing with discomfort. 8. Best or favorite client story? I remember meeting an animal-loving client at a woodland park, assuming this would be a fine place to meet.  After we got deeper into the woods, she said something like, “Michele, where have you brought me?!?! This is scary and we might get eaten by bears!”  We had a great laugh, and I then learned that, while she loved animals, she did not want to be anywhere close to where they might be in the wild! 9.  Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? As I get older, I seem to carry the family torch of fear of heights, and I’d like to reverse that. This means I have to start getting around things that require heights, like ladders, or rock climbing, etc.! Eek! 10. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? Ideally anywhere around 65-85 degrees. 11. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Depends what my body needs. Usually there’s lots of walking and some yoga mixed in. 12. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Sometimes I’ll play...

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Q & A with Will Wright
Apr25

Q & A with Will Wright

  Get to know a little bit more about one of our top certified personal trainers Will Wright.   1. What’s your favorite exercise, why? Deadlifts for functional strength and burpees for overall fitness. 2. What’s your least favorite exercise, why? Pretty much any isolation exercise. Quit wasting your time and DO WORK! 3. What’s your favorite healthy meal? Sashimi! Or Thai mango salmon. Really any fresh fish makes me happy. Least favorite? If it involves kale or beets, you can count me out! 4. What’s your favorite cheat meal? A jar of peanut butter and a spoon! Least favorite? I’m not a fan of sweets. 5. What’s your favorite motivational quote or personal mantra? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle 6. Why did you become a certified personal trainer? To me it’s all about changing lives and saving lives.  7. What inspires you or motivates you? God, my family, my friends, and my clients. 8. Best or favorite personal fitness moment. Placing in the top 2% at my first Spartan Race was pretty cool. 9. Best or favorite client story? I ran into an old client at the Monument Avenue 10k back in 2013. We hadn’t seen each other in many years, and in the time that had passed he lost over 70 pounds. He cried when he saw me, hugged me, and told me that I had completely changed his life. In addition to running races, he informed me that he now leads an organization-wide fitness program. I was so proud! It was really an emotional moment. 10. Do you have any specific fitness goals for yourself? Completing the Spartan Trifecta in 2017. A podium finish would be nice, too! 11. Where’s your favorite place to travel/vacation? Vietnam 12. Do you exercise when you travel? Or just relax? Of course I exercise! Traveling is no excuse to give up on your fitness goals. Gravity and the world around you provide you with all the power you need to be your healthiest self. 13. What’s your favorite movie? Braveheart 14. Do you listen to music when working out? Genre? Depends on the workout. If I’m lifting heavy, hard rock and metal really helps me dial it in. 15. If you had a different career, what would it be? Professional athlete or pastor 16. Do you have any special skills or unique hobbies (unrelated to fitness)? I can wiggle my ears. Does that count for anything?? 17. Give a small description about the things you love in your life. I have been in Richmond pretty much my whole life, and am very grateful to have such a large, diverse group of friends in the area. When I am...

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Peak Physique Myths vs Facts
Mar10

Peak Physique Myths vs Facts

As certified personal trainers, we frequently are asked questions about fitness and nutrition. There are many myths out there that need to be busted.  It is our job to make sure you, our clients, receive factual information and expand your own knowledge so you can get the results you want. Here are a few “myths vs facts” examples that give you the correct information about fitness and nutrition. Myth: Lifting weights will make me bulky. Fact: There are many reasons to lift weights: to build strength, to tone muscle, to gain muscular endurance, and to gain more muscle mass.  If your goal is to become a body builder, there are specific workout and nutrition regimes to build up that muscle mass and make you “bulkier.” However, most clients aren’t after that look. So we make sure you are doing the appropriate weight, sets and reps to help achieve the goal and look you want.  Now that doesn’t mean you are only lifting lighter weights. Lifting heavier weights will make you stronger, help you burn more fat, and give you a leaner look. Myth: Doing only abs and squats will help me lose fat on my tummy and thighs. Fact: Unfortunately, there is no such thing as spot reducing. What we can do is help you focus on your nutrition so your body is consuming the right calories and macro-nutrients. We also can help you tone those areas with a variety of exercises so you get better results. As you lose body fat, your muscles will be strong and more defined. Myth: You need to do a ton of cardio to lose weight. Fact: No, you don’t. How much or little cardio you do will depend on what your personal trainer designs for you and your fitness goals. Cardio alone won’t help you lose weight. A well-rounded plan will give you the best results for weight loss. That includes an appropriate strength-training program, cardio routine and a nutrition plan. Myth: I need to do a 21-day cleanse to jump start weight loss. Fact: Eating the right balance of calories and macro-nutrients (carbs/proteins/fats) will help you lose weight. Frequently, fad diets like 21-day cleanses may cause people to lose a lot of weight early on. That weight loss is usually water weight. When they return back to their regular eating, the weight comes back on—and usually with a few extra pounds. Personal trainers will help you focus on your nutrition and workout plan so you lose weight steadily and permanently. For long lasting weight loss results, remember:  It’s a marathon not a sprint. Myth: I need to go to the gym to get...

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Peak Physique Featured on ABC NEWS-WRIC 8
Jun30

Peak Physique Featured on ABC NEWS-WRIC 8

Peak Physique Certified Personal Trainer Will Wright was featured alongside ABCNEWS WRIC-8 reporter Evanne Armour in a story called 3 Ways to $ave. Will took Evanne through several workouts around Richmond demonstrating that you can workout anywhere and enjoy the great amenities our city has to offer. Will and Evanne worked out at the Bryd Park Vita Course, the shore on Belle Isle along the James River, and up the Libby Hill Park stairs. You may see Will and other Peak Physique trainers using our city’s resources as backdrops for our clients’ workouts. You don’t need a gym membership. You don’t need additional equipment. All you need is a plan of action and great day outside here in RVA. Check out Will Wright and Evanne Armour in action....

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