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 NASM certified master trainer, Keridon McMahon, to share her expert voice with the HYLETE community. Read about how she's helped her clients and fellow trainers stay motivated and adapt to virtual training methods.
How long have you been a certified trainer?
I became a certified personal trainer in the summer of 2002.
What made you want to pursue a career as a trainer?
I decided to pursue a career in personal training after my first year of college. I initially thought I wanted to become a doctor. I have always been fascinated with the human body and could never learn enough about it and how all the different subsystems worked together. Health was also very important to me, as well as, helping others. I have a deep desire to care for people so becoming a doctor would bring all of these passions together. During my first semester at Abilene Christian University, I discovered the Department of Exercise Science and Health where I was introduced to several career opportunities that would fill my desire to help others and involve working with the human body... but without attending med school. I didn’t even know personal training existed (my family never had had the funds for me to have a gym membership). I was so excited to dive deep into the exercise physiology classes and learn more about helping people take care of their bodies... without the med school bills! Haha
What style of training do you do?
My style of training is all-encompassing but could be described as primarily functional training. While completing my bachelor's degree I worked at several local gyms, including the department one on campus where my professors would exercise. Awkward! Lol. I would take any job I could get at a gym and at one point was the front desk receptionist at one location, personal training at another, and leading group fitness classes at a third gym across town. I became well rounded early on from the exposure these different ‘gym jobs’ offered me. Upon graduation, I took a full-time job at a big box gym back where I was from, Houston TX. A decade later (and many more details than this article allows room for), I left the gym scene to start my own business doing in-home personal training. I had found I was using the machines at the gym less and less with clients, so why not load my car up with equipment I was using like dumbbells, balls, bands, etc and take it all to my clients’ homes. There the functional training modality was born.
What is your New Year's resolution?
I’m not sure I have a ‘New Years Resolution’ per se but I often make goals for myself and the beginning of a new year is a great time to do so. In 2021 I will launch my own Keridon Fitness branded app. I will bring on hundreds of new members to my VIP membership portal and in doing so will change countless lives. I plan to speak at more educational conferences (fingers crossed in person again) for personal trainers which broadens the reach of the lives I can impact. I would also like to participate in a Hylete branded photoshoot!
What is your number one health or fitness goal of 2021?
Believe it or not, my number one health goal for 2021 is to get enough sleep! I have struggled for years with anxiety and depression. Sleep is truly the most helpful thing I can do for myself when those dark clouds try to creep into my day. Sleep is also incredibly helpful in preventing common illnesses, maintaining physique goals, and quite frankly operating at the high level of energy and alertness my lifestyle as a working mom of 3 requires.
What was your biggest accomplishment of 2020?
I hit a few career milestones in 2020. Prior to the pandemic, I was already training clients across the nation virtually. When gyms shut down I made a social media post offering guidance to any personal trainer unsure of how to make the transition online. This caught the attention of some folks at NASM who asked me to share that advice on their podcast. I was their first-ever guest on that show! Following that interview, I was asked to write an article for their trainers to continue offering guidance during such a hard time for our industry. That led to a video series NASM hired me to film digging deep into how personal trainers could make virtual fitness their reality. Shortly after I was asked to speak at OPTima where thousands of personal trainers would listen in on how I made the transitions from gym training to private home training and added virtual training in the mix. More importantly, I got to teach them how to do the same! Simultaneously, I helped co-author a brand new certification course on virtual coaching. If ever there was a year of mass accomplishments in my career, it surely was 2020 for me. But that didn’t fall into my lap. For nearly two decades I dedicated myself to helping others and continued to educate myself constantly on the best way to do so. That hard work and my desire to help not just other clients, but also other trainers, is what got me where I am today. I am truly very grateful.
Has your training methodology changed this year? If so, how?
My methodology didn’t change much in 2020. I was kind of ahead of the game in that regard. What did change is how many other trainers (hundreds!) I had the honor of helping with their businesses.
Where do you see your career as a trainer going in 2021?
In 2021 I see my career growing more on the side of educating other trainers, while of course never stopping my own continuing education. I’m a firm believer in being a student for life. Now I get to also be one of the educators for trainers and that’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly.
How do you hope to inspire your clients and followers in 2021?
In 2021 (and forever) I hope to inspire others by the example of how generosity and hard work can both pay off. I went to every class and continuing education conference I could afford from day one of my career. I never settled for ‘good enough’ and always wanted to learn more so I could do whatever it was I was doing, better. When the pandemic hit, NASM reached out to me because someone heard there was a trainer in Houston helping other trainers across the globe go virtual and she was doing it out of the kindness of her heart to help the fitness community. Had I had the mindset of ‘well too bad for them for not already being virtual like I am’ or ‘well good, more client potential for me then with gym closed and few virtual trainers’ then that selfishness wouldn’t have done anyone any good, myself included. I strongly believe in herd mentality. Meaning let's grow together. Let’s do good, together. Let’s help others, together.
As a trainer, what advice do you have for the HYLETE community?
Have each other’s backs. If someone is promoting something, help promote it. If they’re selling something, buy it. If they are lost, help them find their way. If they’re hurting, lend a hand or hug or smile. Everyone can do something, every day, to make this world a better place.
What do you train for?
I train for... being the absolute best version of me I can be. Some days that looks different than others. And that’s ok. But skipping training is the first step in the wrong direction.
Keep up with Keridon at www.keridonfitness.com and follow her @keridonfitness
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