Got those workout blues? Let personal trainer and owner of Titanium Fitness Kaye Leslie Otis help whip you into shape. She’s our Person of Interest for April, and we can’t wait to get fit with her.
SB: What sparked your interest in health and fitness?
KO: I wanted to help women find their self-confidence. That was something I struggled with as an adolescent, and it’s always been something I’m passionate about. There aren’t a lot of women in the “weights” area of the gym. My purpose is to show my clients that anyone can walk into any gym and feel like they belong there.
SB: How does it feel knowing you’re helping to change the lives of your clients?
KO: It’s definitely humbling. They put faith and trust in me and that’s exciting because I see them from the beginning all the way through to the end. I had a young lady as a client who wouldn’t wear shorts or tank tops when we first started, and by the time we were done, she was wearing shorts in public like it was normal for her. It’s rewarding for sure.
SB: What do you find to be your clients’ biggest concern when they first come to you and how do you address it?
KO: Normally it’s the idea that everybody is judging them. I show them what they used to do before we started training versus what they can do now. Every day we leave on a positive note. Something they did during that training session is something they couldn’t do before they came that day.
SB: Why can’t I just do cardio?
KO: Most of my clients are women. We loose muscle mass faster than men simply because of our hormonal makeup. Strength training reduces signs of aging and we want to keep as much lean muscle mass as possible as we get older. Cardio is vital for everyone’s fitness journey but it definitely can’t be the whole thing.
SB: How do you maintain motivation when it comes to health and fitness?
KO: Most people lack motivation. That’s why they hire a trainer. I keep contact via text and email. I’m always there to answer questions. I also do online training, which is great for people who travel a lot. They have customized programs for when they’re away. Technology has made it really easy to stay in contact with clients. I’ve gone to the grocery store with clients. I’ve done team building where I bring in clients with similar obstacles so we can all help each other. We decide on weekly goals for them. I’ll touch base on the weekends even. I give them small steps to take so they can work up to their big goal. We deal with 5-pound increments. You can’t eat an elephant all in one bite.
SB: Where do you train your clients?
KO: There are up to three locations where we can meet up in the Shreveport-Bossier area. For more information, visit www.titaniumtrain.com, call 940.867.9273 or email me at [email protected].