We are proud to have over 35,000 certified trainers in the HYLETE community, who are passionate about training, motivating, and inspiring the health and fitness of others. In celebration of National Personal Trainer Day, we’re featuring trainers in the HYLETE community throughout the month. We asked Wellness Coach, Iris Graham, to share her expert voice with the HYLETE community. Here's what she had to say.

How long have you been a certified trainer?

Since 2014 (CYT).

What made you want to pursue a career as a trainer?

It began with teaching yoga; my favorite types of classes to teach were always strength-based, challenging flows with lots of core work. This just naturally led to other types of training: HIIT, strength, TRX, etc.

What style of training do you do?

A combo of HIIT style cardio and strength training is my favorite.

What is your New Year's resolution?

To get in the best shape of my life and inspire others to do the same, and to be able to cultivate my wellness business into a lucrative career I can live off of.

What was your biggest accomplishment of 2020?

I got in the best shape I’d ever been in, at 31 years old, using home workouts. (Going to one-up myself this year)!

Has your training methodology changed this year? If so, how?

DEFINITELY. I used to spend hours in the gym, 5+ days/week. I would lift heavy and be sore for days. In 2020 as gyms shut down, I started at-home workouts, and have been blown away by the results I’ve seen with 30 min workouts, using minimal equipment. I have learned to train smarter, and that you can accomplish shocking results with body-weight only exercises!

Where do you see your career as a trainer going in 2021?

Hoping to continue to lead group classes, as permitted. Also, branching more into online coaching, with the goal of helping others discover the magic of short, effective, consistent workouts.

How do you hope to inspire your clients and followers in 2021?

With so much happening out of our control these days, I think it’s super important to focus on what we CAN control. What we put in our bodies and whether or not we work out is up to us. No one can take that away from us. So, I hope to continue to fuel my body with healthy food and strengthen it with exercise and encourage others to do the same. Just as much for mental health, as physical.

As a trainer, what advice do you have for the HYLETE community?

Eat and train like you LOVE your body.

What do you train for?

To be the best version of myself. When I am in a consistent workout routine, my whole life improves! I have more energy, am more productive, have more confidence, I’m kinder to the people around me, and more aware of my surroundings. The positivity and energy that comes from exercise spills over into every other aspect of life. Sidenote: I started 2021 off by being hospitalized for sepsis and pneumonia. After 5 brutal days in the hospital, I am home and am SO grateful that my body was as strong as it was, going into that. That was the most taxing, scary thing my body has ever had to deal with and I can’t imagine how much worse off I’d be if my body was not strong. So, a lesson that’s been brought to the forefront for me, is how important it is to take care of your health so that you have a fighting chance against whatever may come your way.

xoxo, Iris Graham


Keep up with Iris at @iris_graham.

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