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Podcast Season 3 Episode 6: Cassy O'Daniel

On this episode of the show, I am interviewing Cassy O'Daniel, owner/founder and personal trainer of Find the Core Fitness

Cassy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer with a Behavior Change specialization and an emphasis in Corrective Exercise and Senior Fitness. She also holds a Precision Nutrition certification.

During her 7 years of personal training, Cassy recognized a need in the community, a need for movement. With the goal of helping others to see the beauty in movement and realizing that this need for movement could not be addressed solely through an increased number of gyms, Find the Core Fitness was created.


Find the Core is a team of traveling personal trainers- fitness and wellness coaches that come to you when and where it’s most convenient! Their focus is on making fitness enjoyable, right at home! No need to travel to a gym, spending valuable time in transit, when your personal trainer will come to you wherever you decide is most convenient. No equipment is needed! You simply say when and where for your trainer to arrive and they will bring everything you need for a challenging workout, regardless of your current fitness level. All programs offer one-hour personalized fitness sessions that are built around your goals.

Website: findthecorefitness.com

E-mail: findthecorefitness@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/findthecorefitness

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/findthecorefitness/ 

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassy-o-daniel-14b4bb91/

This episode has been transcribed by otter. ai terminology and grammar may not be accurate. 

Hello, and welcome to STL Active St. Louis's premier health and wellness podcast. STL Active aims to give listeners in the St. Louis area the information they need to succeed and progress with their health and fitness. This podcast is brought to you by St. Louis PT.com and hosted by Doctor of Physical Therapy, Greg, Judice.


All right, today on STL Active we have Cassy O' Daniel from Find the Core Fitness. Welcome to the show.
Thanks so much, Greg.

I am excited to have you here. Cassy is a dear friend of mine. We went to college together. And we were actually on the same floor freshman year. So we've known each other for 12 years now. And that's crazy to think about.

That's scary.
So I'm happy to have you on the show. Why don't you introduce yourself to the listeners? And tell us a bit about your your background? How you got here? And what are you up to?

Awesome. Yeah, so I'm Cassy O'Daniel. And I run Find the Core Fitness we do in home and traveling, personal training. And now we'll for a while now we've been doing Virtual Training, I actually moved out of the country. And we started doing Virtual Training then. So when COVID started, it was a pretty easy transition for all the other trainers as well. And it's been going really smooth since then. And yeah, I like Greg said, I went to St. Louis University. That's when I moved to St. Louis and then married my husband, who's from here. So we're pretty much have planted our seeds here. And we're gonna stay here for a while. And, yeah, Find the Core, I started because I saw a need for, you know, there's tons of gyms and everything. And those are great. But having a trainer come to your home with that convenience. And that efficiency of you know, you can be just finishing a meeting or starting off your day someone comes to your house leads you through a session. And then you can be on your way with the rest of your day. It's also great for we work with a lot of senior citizens, and then a lot of young families, so they don't have to, you know, worry about bringing the kids somewhere when they're trying to do their workouts, we can even incorporate families, we do a lot of that now with kids being virtual learning and everything. We've done quite a few like full family sessions. And yeah, I think we, our goal is really to help people feel their best. So you know, if your goal is to lose weight, we're going to help you with that if your goal is to get stronger and help you with that. But really, we want to educate on why that's important and why health and fitness go together. And not just you know, spending the one hour doing your workout and then letting the rest of the day going against that we want it to be a well rounded program.
Awesome. So I do have a question about the In Home, you said in home travel and virtual? So what's the difference between those?
Good question. So yeah, our kind of original focus was in home, which I just we call travel, Personal Training, because we do in home or we also will go to people's apartment gyms, or corporate gyms or even you don't even have to have a gym. But if you just have an extra room, then we'll do like group workouts for a company things like that. And then, yeah, then we switch to virtual now with COVID. And with everything going on. And so with that it's really seamless, we just hook up on Skype, or Zoom or FaceTime, most of my clients just do FaceTime, it's just really easy, because it's just one click to call. And then we go through the same thing as we would if we were there in your home. So I'm showing you what to do, you can see my whole body, you can see my whole workout space. And same thing I can see your whole workout space and what you're doing. So you know, it's a little different than being there in person with someone of course, and getting like a 360 view. But it's worked out really well. And everyone's been really happy with it. And I think we all need kind of those scheduled things, especially now being at home, it's harder to stay on a schedule, you know, they always say like, give, if you need something done, give it to a busy person, if we're if we just kind of have our day at home without scheduling things in, then what's going to make us stay accountable. So this has been great to keep everyone accountable and keep everyone moving and healthy.
I love it. And I I've heard from other folks that do in home coaching or in home training that it's a lot harder to cancel those sessions. So that's got to be beneficial for you guys. Because, you know, with with, especially with everything going on with COVID and you know, people are not wanting to leave their houses to go to the gym or go work out or go running. You know, it's certainly get cold outside. So with you guys, it's a little harder to cancel that appointment or just not go to the gym that day. That's got to be it's got to be beneficial for you.
Definitely, yeah, it's so funny how, you know, we, we maybe have these goals to become healthier, fitter, or whatever your individual goal may be. But without that accountability, we're so much more likely to show up when it's for someone else. So you know, you build a really strong relationship with your trainer, especially when it's one on one training or you know, husband and wife training with one trainer. And so it's you don't want to let that person down and yet for us of course, that is means that we can kind of count on a schedule and keep a consistent schedule because that is the life of a trainer is you're always worried about cancellations or times changing and everything like that. But luckily, we have built really great relationships with our clients. And we understand kind of more about their lifestyle, too. So that if they do have something coming up where they foresee needing to cancel or reschedule the let us know that ahead of time. But yeah, it definitely leads to a really high accountability. And that leads to, you know, logged sessions as they should be in a week, which leads to you reaching your goals, because if you're, you know, missing out every other session, or if you're rescheduling all the time, that's a lot harder than to stay on track to your goals and to, you know, see that steady change that we want to see over time. I like
it. So when it comes to accountability, I know that's kind of one of the biggest things that you guys preach is the accountability does, obviously them you coming to them makes it easier. So it makes it easier for them to be accountable to you guys. What other kind of access do they have to you guys, as coaches as trainers? What kind of information do you give to them, because it seems like more than just the one or two or three hours a week that they're working with you. They need that those touch points that help them stay focused on those goals.
Yes, that's such a good thing to point out is kind of what I think briefly said that we don't want those, you know 2,3,4 hours to be the only thing, the only time that you're focusing on your fitness throughout the weekend on your health, the last thing we want is for someone to pay for a package, and then to have the rest of their life going against that or just to not be taking full advantage of that. So we are really big on education, we're happy to share podcasts with people that share articles with people to talk to them during their sessions about, you know why this exercise is what we've chosen over another one or why this warmup sequence is what we're doing today. So we definitely always want to educate and you know, that's going to make the workout more enjoyable. Because you're not just okay, going through the motions, you're understanding why you're doing each exercise. And then from there, we want to make sure that we're working on nutrition and diet and lifestyle. You know, I think kind of all healthy lifestyle, start with sleep. So we talk a ton about that making sure we're getting good sleep, and then going through the day, and what Small changes can you make throughout the day, to feel your best. So that's really our goal is making everyone feel their best. And of course, we take each person's individual goals on top of that, and we want to work towards your specific goals. And have you seen reach those goals, because that's so much more motivating than to keep getting healthier, keep getting stronger. But we definitely want that education to be a big part of it. And as far as what access they have to us. each client will have their trainers cell phone number and email. And so they can totally text back and forth, we send lots of like workout homework. And that can be through an app that we use. Also, a lot of people just prefer like a texted circuit of here's how many squats to do push ups, wall set, things like that, or some pictures of different stretches, we have lots of clients who like to have some additional pictures of stretches they can do kind of in the morning or at night to help with sleep to help with kind of waking up and getting mobile right away. So we do we like to make it very well rounded. And make sure that your whole lifestyle is going into improving your fitness. And that's why you know, even with a package, it consists of a certain amount of hours, quote, hours of training, but we want the client to look at that, as you know, they're taking on a commitment to their health throughout the whole day. And we're here to help with that. And it doesn't have to be a big scary thing. But one step at a time and small changes that they can make that again is going to be worth it because then they're going to feel so much better and be able to do so many more things functionally throughout their day.
I love it. So you mentioned the individualized approach there. And I really enjoy that because everybody's gonna have a different diet that might work for them or a different exercise routine or sleep schedule that might work for them. So how do you guys go about crafting that obviously, it's on an individual basis, but what factors do you take into account when it comes to setting that individual? You know, I call it a treatment plan for a PT but, you know, program I guess you could call it for you guys.
Yes. Yeah, the individual program. So yeah, our biggest thing at Find the Core is that we are not going to meet with a client and then just kind of say, okay, are they client A, B or C? Which program which diet? Which pills? Are we gonna put them on? No, we never want to do that. So we want to meet each client. We of course, you know, maybe ask them the same questions that we ask other clients to get a feel for their lifestyle, their health history, their fitness history, and then kind of from They're figuring out who they are as a person, what makes them beat what their passions are, so that we can build that into the workouts and into their program. And we really want to make them enjoy their sessions. And in again, learning why they're doing each exercise and what, why we've chosen specific sequences for them, and building it around them as a person. And that's, I mean, because that's what's gonna keep them coming back, no one wants to just be told you know what to do. Without any reasoning, I wouldn't stick to a program, if that's what someone was telling me to do. But we want to understand the person to understand, then as far as their goals, that's, of course, a lot of what we talk about when we're first meeting with clients. So you know, they might have a goal of losing 20 pounds. But why is that? What, why is that important to them, and then we might find out that it really doesn't have anything to do with the weight. And it's about how they feel when they're going up and downstairs or when they are in a meeting or something like that. And then we work a lot with senior citizens, and then senior citizens, and then pre and postnatal clients. So I've really enjoyed working with the older community. And you know, maybe you think being a 30 year old, a pregnant 30 year old myself, that I wouldn't be able to relate to that. But it's, it's so wonderful to have someone that has tangible goals like playing with their grandkids or being able to genuflect at church, which they haven't been able to do for 15 years or reaching something in the high cupboard. And when they can do that, again, which they never thought they would be able to do. Again, that's really what we're going for. So you know, finding that person's what makes them tick. And what they really are looking for in their workout program that they want to be able to achieve on a daily basis is then what we go for. And when they hit those goals, that's when like the magic happens, because, of course, going up five pounds in weight or something is pretty cool, and you feel stronger during that hour of a workout. But when you can walk into a church and actually do a lunge to the ground, or when you can go back in your garden and be on your hands and knees gardening and digging in the dirt again, that's really what gets people, you know, to, to take on the big changes, then that improve their health just drastically.
I think that's a great point. The I've heard it said that, you know, people tell you their why. And that might that why might be I want to lose 20 pounds, or I want to lift 10 pounds heavier. But you asked them why again, and they tell you that next reason. You might even have to ask them why several more times to really get to that that nitty gritty of, well, I want to be able to genuflect at church. I mean, that's a fairly specific, individualized goal. And that that has a significant meaning to people that you know, are more religious go to church, being able to play with your grandkids. I mean, that's those are huge goals. But people may not say that, they assume that by being a little stronger and losing some weight that that would happen. But if you know that specific goal, you're able to connect with them better, keep them more accountable towards that goal. I mean, those are, that's a great way to go about doing it. So I just want to commend you on that that's, it's much more important than losing 20 pounds.
Yes, we totally agree. And it's exactly what you said that it's, that's what's going to actually make them want to reach those goals is when they know they're working for that for playing with their grandkids. Because then when we say like, okay, we're doing this, the squat plus bicep, curl that so that you can squat down to, you know, hang out by your grandkids and maybe even pick them up. Or you can pick up the toy from the ground. And being able to visualize those things as they're going through their workout. Makes them not only happier to do it during our sessions, but then they'll do it on days, we don't work out too because if that's going to get them towards that, you know, functional goal of playing with their grandkids. It's Yeah, that's that's what matters. I mean, even you know, being in the fitness industry and loving working out myself. For me, it's, it's all about feeling good and being able to live your life to the fullest and having a quality of life. That's, that's what we're working for. For sure.
Awesome. So I will, I will say I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to sleep. So I need you to teach me something when it comes to what your What are you looking for when it comes to sleep for your clients? What kind of advice would you give way if it's more of a generic sleep issue?
Yeah, that's a great question. Um, I have a few books and podcasts that I recommend people listen to if they're wanting to learn more about sleep. I really like Sean Stephenson. He has the model health show and he sleeps smarter is his book. That's what it is. That was a really good one for me. Because I actually grew up with sleep issues when I was little that have kind of always affected me. But yeah, I mean, I truly believe that you're not going to have you know a good day your waking hours aren't going to be the best they can be unless you get a good night of sleep. So getting eight hours of sleep. And having those eight hours be in the right time of night. So if you go to bed at midnight, one 2am and sleep till eight 9:10am, there's been lots of studies that showed that that isn't the same sleep as if you go to bed at 9:10pm. And sleep until, you know, six 7am. And then, you know, we have so many, so much noise in our life today through all the screens that we are watching. So you know, a lot of times at night, I'm guilty of it, where I'll be watching something on TV and then also flipping through my phone. And that's just our brains are taking in so much from that. And then it's really hard even if you do fall asleep, to get that really good quality REM sleep throughout the night once you if you go right from your phone to laying down on your pillow. So we have different tips to help with that. Blue Light blocking glasses and getting you know rid of the screen trying to pick up a book or going for a walk late in the evening. Or just you know, spending quality time with your family at home. And yeah, so that's kind of the biggest one. But then there's lots of other little things that you can take into account and just trying to make your, your bedroom and your sleeping space, some space that is just for that. And that's very comfortable. And that when you walk into that space, and when you lay down, you're calm, you're ready for bed. And you know, you can do that with different scents and different making your bed really comfy and having blackout curtains. So yeah, there's lots of little things. And we're always happy to talk to people about that more specifically, and making and one change at a time.
Very cool. All right, so changing topics a little bit, I gotta ask what's what the name Find the Core? Where did that come from? Was that an inspiration? Kind of how'd you get to that point?
I know, isn't that funny? How when you you know, you come up with a business name. And after you're doing it for a while, you don't even really think about it anymore, because you're so used to just saying it into handing out your cards part of you. It's part of you. Yeah, exactly. But yeah, I wanted the name to be more than just just, you know, Cassy's fitness and home fitness or something. And I like to Find the Core, because core is something that we always want to work in fitness, except for maybe hit my point at like 39 weeks from then. But usually you want to always be working the core. And that is really a center part of a lot of what we do with clients is, is finding the core finding those core muscles, and especially like me, postnatally. I don't want to start doing crunches or anything like that. I just want to find my core. But then the other half of that is finding kind of your core reason for why you're doing it. So all the things we've talked about so far on this is, you know that maybe that third or fourth, why of what's the core reason of why you want to get healthy now why you want to improve your fitness, improve your lifestyle, and what those tangible goals are for you that you want to be able to do every day. So it does have that double meaning and yeah, I'm sure when people are, you know, just scrolling through a website or Instagram. They're not thinking about that. But I'm glad you asked that because it is the both cores that were that were speaking to they're
absolutely and it's always fun to hear, you know how people come up with the name, because like, obviously, the name of my business is Judice Sports and Rehab, right? That's kind of like my last name sports and rehab. It's kind of basic, right? But what matters to me is the logo for me, you know, so I've spent way more time crafting my logo that I did crafting the name of the business for you, you probably spent a lot of time with a lot of different options for the name of the business. And you might have spent twice as much time on that than you did on the logo. So it's kind of funny to hear where people's interests lie when it comes to, you know, the branding of their company.
Yeah, it's funny because I feel like you know, Personal Training, fitness and physical therapy, they go so hand in hand. But the the noise out there for gyms and for the creativity of names, I feel like has kind of become its own thing where physical therapy maybe doesn't have to fall into that game as much either. But yeah, the logo is that's awesome that you worked really hard on your logo, because that is that's a really big part of your brand.
Absolutely. Absolutely. Very good. So I know you'd mentioned that you are passionate about working with the older adults. So maybe you could tell us a little bit about like, why why why is that a passion of yours? Even though you don't necessarily fit into that tribe? Why do you feel connected to that tribe?
Yeah, I think I think a lot of it is because it goes so well with my passion to help people find find their reason for working out and for improving their health and lifestyle. And then I would have to say it's seeing the improvement, the improvement when I'm working with that community. is very, it can move very quickly sometimes and be just so rewarding to see when someone can all of a sudden move in a different way or they wake up and they don't have the pain that they had a month ago. And being able to see those changes is just so rewarding for me. And then you know, I'm not the one that's feeling it. So I can't even imagine how rewarding it is for them. And because, as you know, wanting to make everyone feel their best, I know I've said that so many times, but that usually falls right in line with their goals. So you know, sometimes when I have someone my age, it's harder to get to that Why? Because they maybe can't see it, all they can see is that they want to lose a certain amount of weight. But then once we start working together, then the otherwise start to come out, we're with the older community, it's right off the bat, they know what they want, and they know their reasons behind it. And so it's just so fulfilling to work with that community. And I think I've just been blessed with wonderful clients in that age community that are so fun to work with, and that I've built such great relationships with.
Why do you think that? It's a difference when it comes to people's why why do you think that people are aged? Right, the millennials? Have a tougher time. Coming to that why versus their Boomer parents?
Yeah, I think we I think we don't realize how much we're still growing like we're, we think we're, you know, 30. And we've graduated college, we've been working for handful of years, and we both run our own business. So I think some parts of us think made it We made it. Yeah, we think that. But in reality, we're still we're completely learning. We've only had 30 years behind us. And most of those have been in school literally learning. And yeah, so I think we think we're invincible, and we just we kind of think we can go into anything and know exactly what to say and know what we want. We're really, you know, I'm always trying to learn from the older community and be more open and just always wanting to learn more and kind of take a step back and be okay with saying, Oh, I didn't know that or tell me more about that. But yeah, it is. It's interesting how we're, yeah, that that difference is, I think there's probably more to it than that. It'd be fun to think more on that.
Yeah, I don't know that it's necessarily like an intelligence thing. I don't think it's necessarily a maturity thing. I think there's definitely a sense of wisdom, you know, there's a difference in intelligence and wisdom and realizing what's important. And a lot of times, it just takes time to realize that, you know, that 20 pounds isn't as important as being able to pick up your family members, you know, that I think that's where it really what it really boils down to,
that's so true. Yeah, that's a really good point that I'm not saying we're not intelligent, but it's the wisdom piece. That's really true. And I think something we forget about two is that, you know, prevention is such a big, a big deal. And I think once you're older, and you have had some aches and pains, or you've seen other people go through things, you're you know, we still kind of think of ourselves as like invincible and young and we have all the time in the world. But prevention is such a big part of it. And and the thing that's tricky with that is you can't feel prevention, you can't feel if you're slowing down the aging process, or if you're, you know, doing things to help fight something that's 2030 years away. But I hope more of us will be open to trying to do things to actively prevent disease and illness down the road.
And it's so hard to study prevention, you know, when it comes to health care, or wellness, or whatever it is, like I'm in the process of trying to create a wellness program for a corporate client. And it is really challenging to find data on it, because you can't really look at, you know, what were the health costs last year versus after implemented? What are the health costs this year? Because individually, things happen in certain years. And so the costs are varied year to year. So it's really hard to see the benefits of prevention, other than on an individual basis, and avoiding a surgery. Right, what does that mean? Does that mean avoiding it for five years? Does that mean avoiding it forever? Like people's definitions are so different when it comes to prevention, avoiding surgery, wellness, what, you know, what are all these things? And I think, I don't know that there will ever be like a consensus answer on those things, but it really gets you think and like when people are looking for injury prevention or surgery, prevention or whatever. I think, you know, asking further questions on that can be really beneficial.
Yeah, the work you do on that is, you know, so important, and I think if you can get working with people at the right time to really actually prevent a surgery. I mean, that would You know, I can't imagine what that would give back to someone if they thought they would have had to have surgery and they work with you, and then they don't have to. And it is it's like, how can we study that more and learn more about that? Because, you know, there's lots of aspects that go into it. If someone's coming to see you, that means they've already had some, you know, indication that they might need a surgery, or they might need something down the line. But yeah, how do we prevent that from happening? And it's, it's a mix of so many different things, lifestyle and diet, nutrition, and fitness and mobility. And there's so many aspects that go into it. But yeah, that is really interesting to think about.
You know, it's funny, I was asking you the question about why, why is your passion working with the older adults? And it got me thinking while you were answering, you know, my passion when I started this practice was to work with high school and college athletes, specifically baseball players. Do you know how rare it is? For me to see High School pitchers right now? It's super rare. All right. I mean, baseball isn't happening in this area as much as it normally would with the, with COVID 90% of my clients are 40 to 60 year old. So it's, it's interesting. And I, personally, I get more joy out of helping someone avoid a surgery than I do out of helping a kid, you know, get back on the field. Don't get me wrong, it's an awesome feeling to help someone go from, you know, a label injury, rotator cuff issue, whatever to back on the field. But there's just something different about avoiding a big surgery. And I don't know how to describe it, but it's it. They're both awesome. But it was a nine out of 10 ones a 10 out of 10, you know?
Yeah, totally. I do. I remember that was, yeah, when you started, what all of you know, the focus was on and I think, like you said, like, that still is really rewarding. And that would be so fun to work with athletes. But yeah, there's something different about like, I guess the appreciation, when you can stop someone from going into surgery, instead of just getting them back on the field, because I guess they kind of expect that to be the outcome.
Right. And I think there's, you know, something to be said, from going from 95%, functional to 100%. Functional, you know, that, that there's a change there. But from 30%, functional to 70% functional, that's a way bigger change. Huge, you know, it's it's so much different. And, you know, the, the older adult may or may not realize that's how drastic their change was, but they're super grateful for that. And so, I don't know, it's just kind of interesting that we've kind of both ended up with our passion points, the same, whether or not we started at the same initial expectation of who we thought we'd help the most. But, you know, it's just, it's kind of funny.
Yeah, it is. I'm glad we're helping Yeah, whichever, you know, demographic we fall into? I'm glad we're helping those people. But that is funny.
So changing topics here again, you've been a personal trainer for how long?
For? Like, seven, eight years now?
Do you have a specialty, right? There are certain certain modalities, I guess you could say I'm using a PT term, but certain methods that different coaches, different trainers might use, right. So some would use yoga as their base or Pilates as their base, and then do more specific things on top of that, CrossFit could be used as a base. So just kind of curious what your specialty is, and then maybe kind of describe how you got into that, and why you're still in love with that.
Yeah, I would say, you know, as far as specialty, I think the specialty part is being able to go, you know, without COVID going into someone's home and working around the equipment and the space that they have to give them an efficient, fun and yeah, efficient workout. Without it feeling like they're just in their living room, going through some moves, but to make it kind of transform into an hour of exactly what they're looking for. So if that's strength, or mobility, or stretching, or a mix of all of it. And I would say I definitely do try incorporate, you know, everyone, there's such very goals that we have, if we're working with someone who's 65 Plus, then if we're working with someone who just had a baby, or if we're working with someone who's trying to put on muscle mass, but I think in all of those, we definitely want a good warm up and a good cooldown. And the length of those might differ based on the person but we want to keep the body safe. So I've always focused on safety. And then I definitely always work with strength that some part of the workout. So usually using dumbbells is kind of the most common for people to have in their home. But actually people get really creative with different equipment that we use bands and teawrex and all that kind of fun stuff. But yeah, I would say mobility kind of warm up and cool down and doing traditional strength moves. I'm a really big fan. Um, but then I also, I would say my other specialty is never doing the same workout twice. So I always, even if it's someone who's on a pretty strict and limited program, adding in something a little different each time or just tweaking, you know, if they're bouncing on one leg, can you bounce on one leg and touch your nose at the same time. So, always keeping it new and exciting and fresh, so that it doesn't feel like they're just going through the moves or that I, you know, I'm I want to bring value to them. And a big part of the value is how can I get creative so that they'll enjoy the workout and kind of be surprised each time and maybe make them smile, or make them feel something different than they had felt the workout before.
That is a great point, I hadn't even really considered that. But you guys have to be creative and flexible, every single time you go in. So both, like you said, make it new, but also adapt to the equipment. Because you know, if you're going into someone's home, and it's your, your 10 o'clock client, they may have a full gym worth of equipment, but then your noon person may have nothing. And so I'm sure you guys bring a few things, but for the most part, you're working around what they have on site.
Yeah, here we do, each of the trainers do have kind of minimal equipment that they bring with them. Again, when we're not dealing with COVID, we've kind of taken all of that out just to make sure there's when even when we were going back and home a little. But yes, the creativity is a really big part of it. And I mean, I love that's part of why I and the other trainers that do in home training, we really love working like that we love that each client is completely different, their you know, their house, their workout space, their equipment, is completely different. So then we have to come up with different exercises and different moves and sequences that you do each time. And yet to make sure that at the end of that workout, regardless of how much room they have, or how much equipment they have, that they've gotten the best workout for what they need that day.
Awesome. Very cool. So I know we've talked about older adults, we've talked about, you know, what were your passions? Initially, we talked about mine, what would you What would you say is your best client, you can use you know a name, if you need to, to kind of create an avatar, you can kind of give it general whatever you prefer. So I want best client, and then also why them and what sets you apart.
Yeah, so I would say our best client, kind of ideal client is someone who is, you know, from what you've heard, over this past few minutes of talking, you might have an idea, but someone who wants to make a well rounded change to their health and fitness. So there, they've realized that what they've been doing up until this point, has not gotten them where they wanted to be. And they are open to learning and to changing and we're not saying you need to, you know, we're gonna flip a switch, and you need to overhaul everything in your house in your diet. But someone who is really open to learning and eager to learn, and wanting to make that change, and, and, you know, available to start right away with a schedule that we can stick to. And so they can see those incremental changes those progressive changes along the way. So yeah, someone who's very open and excited to change their health and fitness. And, and with that, you know, maybe already having thought about their wives and their deeper why's their third and fourth Whys of why they want to work with a personal trainer. And yeah, I think what sets us apart is one that we do virtual in home and traveling personal training. So we meet you at the time and place that's most convenient for you working around the equipment that you have, the time that you have the other, you know, things that might be going on in your home. Like I said, since kids have been virtually learning we've had them sometimes join us we're flexible with things like that, but we want to make it or we we want it to be something that works for you. And that's you know, that's a really big key is that of course we're going to keep you accountable. But we want it to be at a time and place that's convenient for you. And then that the creativity and the individualized approach. So we're not going to come in as drill sergeants and you know, say drop and give me 50 we're going to learn about you about your lifestyle, and then build a program from scratch around that using our you know, our expertise as personal trainers and picking and selecting different sequences for the beginning of your workout, the heart of your workout and for the end of your workout. To make you you know, finish that workout strong and feeling good and feeling ready to tackle the rest of your day. And able to tackle the rest of your day with those new tools that we've given you and those tips and kind of bring it well rounded to one big, healthy happy picture. Awesome.
So I'm gonna put you on the spot a little bit. I know I didn't prep you for this one. Give me I guess maybe one One of your longer standing clients, and kind of what their success story has been.
Okay, that's a good question. Who should I pick?
I'm sure you've got a few. So give me a second.
Yeah, um, yeah, I would say, one client that I've worked with who's been very, very committed and really stuck to schedule, which I think makes a really big part of it. We've been working for a few years now. So of course not, you know, every week hasn't been perfect or anything. But over the past few years, she's stayed very consistent with the training with me. And on her own, I think that's a really big part of it is that on the days that we don't work out, she either asked for workout from me, or we've come up with ideas of like, you know, she garden, so when she's gardening, she'll do some squats, while she's gardening her when she's in the pool. In the summer, she'll do different squats and stretches that we've learned with doing them in the water. And so she's really incorporated kind of what I've been talking about where, throughout her whole day, she's thinking about doing those things. She'll do calf raises when she's cooking or leg swings when she's cooking and things that she never would have done before. And she was actually a client that hadn't been able to, and so genuflecting, when we say that it's basically just a lunge, like when you're bringing both legs at 90 degrees and dropping your back knee to the ground, either unassisted or maybe holding on to a table or the church pew. And she's able to do that again. And she never thought that that would be something she could do again. And now every week when she goes to church, that's something she's able to do. And she's seen other noticeable noticeable changes in her when she's gardening, like I said, when she's walking the dogs, or just walking in general, less pain and more mobility, more energy throughout the day. And yeah, so seeing those changes, you know, over time, it was maybe a really small one at first. And just seeing that kind of compound over the past few years. has, you know, for her, it's I love to hear that those stories. I mean, it's just when she talks about that she lights up, and that's why she's continuing to do it to work with me and to do the workouts on her own because it's bringing so much value to her life and that the quality of life just soars then.
Very cool. Yeah, I mean, those those success stories, when, especially when it's a longer term client, you've, you've invested a lot of time into them, they've invested a lot of trust and time into you. And to see that really pay off is so rewarding for everyone involved. That's, that's really cool.
Yeah, definitely. It's it. I mean, it's, it's so rewarding for me. And so then I can only imagine for her to feel those differences. It's, that's what I'm all about. That's what I'm here for.
There you go. And I think the biggest thing there is that she is committed outside of her, you know, several hours a week with you. And I think that's the biggest key is, you know, when I'm working with clients, I'm really educating them one, this is this is meant to develop a new habit, right, we're trying to break some bad habits by developing some new habits. So that this becomes normal, I don't want you to think about working out, you know, for 15 minutes a day with my homework pieces. And that's it. You know, it's incorporating that, that shoulder blade exercise into your posture while you're sitting all day or incorporating that low back exercise into how do you brace when you're lifting and that and that's the kind of thing is it's creating those good habits that last way longer than just the hour that they're here or the hour that they're with you? Or the six weeks, but they're doing PT in quotation marks there. It's so much about developing those good habits.
Yeah, I love that. You're really big on that, too. And I've Yeah, I've noticed that throughout whenever we talk about health and fitness and all of this kind of related topics. And that it's so key that we're I mean, we're creatures of habit, we wake up and we end up doing almost the same things every day. It's you know, it's funny when you think about it from if you try and step back. But yeah, how do we change those habits, and just a little bit at a time, so that all of a sudden we have all of these great habits that are working towards our health instead of against them? And yeah, especially when like for you know, Personal Training, it's different. They don't get a prescription for physical therapy, you get a prescription for how long that's supposed to be. And so I think it's so cool that you teach them. Yes, that might be what you're prescribed. But what about after that you still want to feel that good. So let's teach you how to keep that going.
Right? And I think that's where a lot of people that don't understand what PT is or what's different about The PT that I do versus the one that's on every corner is it's so individualized, right? It's not driven by protocol, just like your workouts aren't driven by protocol. It's not like on the sixth workout of this month of for every single person, this is what we do. That's just unrealistic. And it's not going to be as beneficial. And so I think that individualized approach requires you to focus on habit building and, and working on, what am I going to do every single day going forward?
Exactly. Yeah, I totally agree.
Very good. Good to know that we're on the same page. Alright, so, Cassy, I appreciate you being here. I know that you've got a an offer to extend to the listeners. So I'll let you kind of explain what that's all about.
Yeah, so right now we are doing Virtual Training like I mentioned before, it's you know, live training. So it's the time that you schedule it and those start at $55 a session and the session is an hour long. And like I said, we we sell packages and within that package, you're getting all the education, all the tips and tricks throughout the whole day. But yeah, $55 a session to start. So yeah, give us a call. Our website is finethecorefitness.com And our phone numbers right on there, you can email us on there, too. And then of course we're on Facebook and Instagram at Find the Core fitness.
Very good. So find the core fitness.com or Facebook and Instagram at Find the core fitness. Yes, very good. Anything else that you want to share?
I just hope everyone listening is staying healthy and staying positive right now and we're recording Thanksgiving is tomorrow. And you know, it's a lot of people have had a really negative year. But hopefully they're able to see, you know, the positive in their life and count the blessings in their life. Regardless, because we all need to, you know, it's COVID here, we need to accept that But still, you know, how can we make our lives still the best that they can be? And stay positive.
All right. Well, thank you very much for being here. I appreciate it.
Thank you.
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