MY BACKGROUND – KRISTEN CARTER
After majoring in Biology in college, working in dental administration and research for 10 years, and having a family, I decided to go back to school in my passion, exercise science. I first got certified with the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer, but soon continued on that track to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology.
The graduate degree opened the door for me to work with older adults in weight loss and exercise programs across the state of Pennsylvania. I was also able to work in a Physical Therapy clinic, using my skills to transition clients from rehabilitation to fitness, teaching them ways to stay injury free going forward.
Along the way, I added a certification with Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Trainer. Not only did this feed my interest in golf, but it was another way to learn and teach fitness via corrected movements and injury prevention.
My work has also taught me that helping clients develop a fitness lifestyle is perhaps the most important thing I can do for them. Because of this and a natural interest, I have sought more experience and education around health behavior and coaching for behavior change. This has involved certifications in Lifestyle Management and Weight Control, and Health Coaching.
I have also worked in the community, providing golf fitness education, health education, and speaking on fitness related health topics.
MY VISION (as an online exercise coach and online health coach)
Over the past 20+ years that I have been in the fitness business, statistics have shown that more and more people are overweight or obese. The stats on how many people lead sedentary lives are equally discouraging.
Clearly we need to re-examine the tools we are using to help people lead healthier lives. How can we fill the gap between what people are trying to do and what actually works?
My vision for bridging that gap has to do with 3 Key concepts:
- It is important to develop an awareness of how you move through life. Then there is the possibility of changing some of those things for the better. Without awareness you can flounder and you may make choices that are not the best for you.
- Exercise can make people healthier. Seems obvious, right? But then how come so many people don’t want to do it? Many studies have shown that it is not the health benefits that make people stick with exercise, but the fact that it (eventually) makes people feel better. So, as we cue awareness, we also need to build progressions that are smart, appropriate, and will lead to feelings of wellbeing.
- Education is key. There needs to be a perception that what is being done will be effective and fulfill the desired goal. Without education, there will not be a mental connection to any given program. And, taking it a step further, education leads to appropriate goal setting in the first place. Whoever said, “knowledge is power” was on the right track.
To put it concisely, my vision for fitness is to empower you to be your own fitness teacher. Contact Kristen