Pam Germain Interview
Article care of Don Lemmon
teach 2-3 fitness classes a day, beginning sometimes as early as 7 am.
I teach several sessions of college PE - group fitness type classes. I
also teach for a fitness club - do group strength training, mind/body and
flexibility classes, as well as group cardio classes - like step training,
sport training, kickboxing inspired, and one day a week the dreaded "D"
"After a shower, I run my business
errands and then am in my office. I offer certifications in Personal Training
and Group Fitness Instructor through the National Association for Fitness
Certification (NAFC) and continuing
education courses for certified instructors (ACE approved) through BodyBasics
Fitness Training. I spend
my afternoon answering e-mail, phone messages, eating, filling orders for
courses, writing new articles and courses, marketing, and having a great
time. Well, this lasts til 5 p.m. with the exception of Wednesday nights
when I teach a college nutrition class. I as a rule end my work day
at 5 pm, make dinner, and enjoy my family. I weight train with my husband
and son 2-3 evenings a week, and try to do some yoga and/or meditation
"Weekends are NO work and NO Formal
Exercise - only fun stuff - biking, hiking, hang gliding, riding ATVs,
camping, family and friends."
Q: When did you pick up on taking
care of the way you look and why?
A: I have danced all my life -
always active - learned about formal exercise -
aerobics and weight
training- after having two babies - fit ever since - in
business since 1985!
Q: Be honest, what have been your
hardest moments in getting your body the
way it is and have you
had trouble maintaining it? Everyone here thinks
you've always looked
A: When I took a job that was managing
a fitness retail store/studio - all
management, very few classes
to teach very stressful, no energy.
Second hardest time was the
year I spent recovering and rehabing a broken
arm - two surgeries,
metal bracket, 8 inch scar, the works! I kept teaching, but had to bring
the intensity level way down.
Q: I noticed you offer products
on your page. What could you say to me, the
guy who thinks he has
all the answers?
A: If you REALLY want to learn
how to be a fitness instructor or personal
trainer, the instructor
training/certification courses from the National Association for Fitness
Certification (NAFC) teach you how to be a good
instructor - how
to communicate and really help other people succeed in
goals. I train novice instructors and trainers through as
aids as possible in a home study course - books, workbooks,
phone assistance, e-mail assistance, whatever they need to become a REAL
teacher. I also find that many certified instructors love the convenience
study continuing education. They can earn all their CECs without
expenses and at a convenient time for them. In fact,
the ULTIMATE convenience for certified instructors who enjoy the internet
continuing education courses that they can take right
at my site,
BodyBasics Fitness Training. (http://www.body-basics.com/onlearn.html).
If you are interested in any courses from BodyBasics or NAFC, make sure
let me know that you learned about them from Don's page!
Q: What is upon the immediate horizon
A: My 1999 goal is to study and
become certified as a clinical exercise
specialist - the instructor
who can work with post rehab patients and
people with special medical
conditions. I also plan to wrtie a continuing education course about Nutrition
and Special Populations.
Q: Ok, name drop, who do you know
that's on a program like what you do or
maybe some one you know
that's on something different and what do they
and or you do? ----Anyone
A: The people I most admire in
the fitness industry - other "instructor
educators" are Ronda Gates/Lifestyles
by Ronda Gates, Karen Woodard of
Premium Performance Training, Bob
and Bobbi from Fitness Resources, and
Buddy Macuha, voted the best
fitness instructor in San Francisco, 1998.
Q: If there was one person in the
World you could be OTHER than yourself,
who would it be and why?
They have to be still alive. Ok, someone from this century, alive or dead.....
A: What a hard question! Every
person I admire for a different reason. Every
person has their own
struggles, challenges, hardships, victories,
successes, and every
person worth admiring is beautiful for a different reason. I'd rather just
be myself and mirror the lovely examples I receive
from the many
people I admire.
Q: Finally, one simple thing you
do while exercising that no one else you know does, that you believe will
turn all our progress around for the better and we dont even realize it.
A: Stop stressing over the results
(end product) and enjoy the movement (process) Live and exercise in the
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