Personal Trainer Of The Month - Diana Chaloux!

Congratulations Diana Chaloux on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Diana was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for her health and fitness contributions that she provides for her clients worldwide!

Congratulations Diana Chaloux on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Diana was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for her health and fitness contributions that she provides for her clients worldwide!

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Vital Stats
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Age: 31

Education/Certification:

    ACE/AFAA/FPI Certified PT
    Wellcoach Certified Fitness Coach
    Lifestyle Management Nutrition Manager
    WBFF Pro
    WNSO Pro
Location:
    In Person Training: Kansas City, MO
    Online Training and Nutrition Programs available worldwide.
Contact Info: Number Of Clients: That varies all the time especially online where I offer 12 and 16 week online transformation programs. I have people from all around the world that I have the privilege of working with. I relocated to Kansas City, MO in Nov. 2008. I am training out of a studio here and am steadily building my clientele in this new locale. I currently have openings in my schedule to take on new clients so contact me to get started!

Rates: $65-$75 per session

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Bio/Background
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[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?
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    Of course!

    I grew up in Vermont, I had a very active childhood, I started playing basketball when I was about five years old and actually played all the way through high school and was even the captain of my college team. I was a runner and played field hockey, ran track for a while... basically just loved sports.

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I Basically Just Loved Sports!

    I was introduced to the weight room at about 14 years old. I loved it right off the bat and I have been a gym rat ever since. I graduated from Lyndon State College in 2000 with my B/S in Business Administration, but I still didn't know what I wanted to do for a career.

    I remember the exact moment when I realized that I wanted to be a personal trainer. I was working an office job at the time and was not happy with it. I hated sitting at a desk all day and I knew that this just wasn't what I was born to do. I had an epiphany one day while doing cardio on an elliptical machine at the Gold's Gym in Manchester, NH. I realized that THIS was the place I loved to be... the gym. This was the place I wanted to be all day.

    I started researching that day and asking around to find out what I needed to do to become a personal trainer. I started studying for my AFAA certification and in the meantime ended up moving to Park City, UT. I began working at the front desk of a gym in town and as soon as I earned my certification I started training with a couple of clients. I didn't feel like I knew enough though and was hungry to increase my knowledge of my new found passion, so I started studying and taking classes for my ACE certification.

    At that time I came across a vocational school for personal trainers and group fitness instructors. It was a six week long program called Strong, Stretched and Centered (Fitness Professionals International). It was a complete program with over 270 hours of classroom time and hands on in the gym training, and of all places, it was located in Maui, HI. I had to go.

    A couple weeks after passing my ACE cert. I was on my way to Hawaii for an experience that literally changed my life. I learned SO much during this time, and yes, I even learned how to surf.

    While I was still in Maui there just happened to be a job fair for Norwegian Cruise Lines; my dream at the time was to be a fitness director on a cruise ship combining my two greatest passions in life: travel and fitness.

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    My Two Biggest Passions In Life
    Are Travel And Fitness.

    I went to the job fair and applied for that position regardless of the fact that they weren't hiring or looking for someone to fill that job. I returned to Park City and my personal training business started booming. I was rocking. Then five months later I got a completely random phone call... it was the NCL headquarters in Miami. They had come across my application and wondered if I was still interested in working on one of their ships. I'll NEVER forget that call.

    I had just taught a cycling class and was a sweaty mess. I managed to stay cool, calm and composed just long enough to hang up the phone and then I ran to the front desk and literally jumped on top of it screaming at the top of my lungs.

    I was so psyched - I didn't have a definite yes that I had the job, but if they did pick me they were going to need me right away. So I had a dilemma. I had been in PC for three years and I had no idea what I would do with all my "stuff" if I had to leave to work on a cruise ship for who knows how long. So, I gave away everything I owned to a local women's shelter, said a tearful goodbye to my clients and friends, packed my car with what I had left over and left Park City, all within about three weeks of getting that initial call.

    I took 16 days and drove across the country by myself. I took my time, went through 22 states, visited the Grand Canyon, drove through the Rockies, down to Texas, Smoky Mountains, and more. I had complete control of the radio the whole time. It was awesome! I made it back to my hometown in Vermont and STILL had no idea if I had the job or not, but I kept telling myself that I did.

    Four days upon arriving home in VT, I got the phone call. I had the job. They needed me in Maryland for Coast Guard training in three days.

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    I Kept Telling Myself That I Got The Job.

    I worked on the cruise ship teaching all types of classes to people from all around the world for a year, it was awesome. We were in Hawaii, then up in Alaska for the summer and the Caribbean for the winter. When I left the ship I decided to head to Texas to be near my sister.

    I immediately started training out of a gym in San Antonio and built up a wonderful clientele there. That's when I got into competing. I had always wanted to, had dreamed of it, but hadn't buckled down and committed to it.

    2005 was the year that changed everything, I competed in and won my first figure competition the John Sherman Classic, I went on to win my second show the Ronnie Coleman Classic and by that point was so hooked on the sport! Plus being a competitor brought my personal training business to a completely different level.

    I started doing in-home personal training and started my own business (Destined 2 Be Fit). I had my first strength training DVD "Fitness Deadlines" produced and started working with people online.

    I came back to the competition scene in 2007 and over the course of the last year competed four times and came home with four first place finishes - I won my WBFF Pro card, my WNSO Pro Card and the titles WBFF Figure World Champion and FAME Fitness Model World Champion. Busy year.

    Now after making another big move, this time from San Antonio to Kansas City, MO, I am back to my passion, training people and teaching them how to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. My online training business has really evolved and I now have the ability to work with people all around the world. I work with them on their training routines, their nutrition and their motivational factors.

    I now offer 12 or 16 week transformation programs where all of my online clients have consistent guidance and communication with me throughout their entire transformation period. I am thrilled to now be able to take on one-on-one training clients in my new hometown, Kansas City, MO.

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I Am Thrilled To Be Able To
Take On One-On-One Training Clients!

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[ Q ] When and why did you become a trainer?
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    I became a certified trainer in 2002. Fitness is the passion that God placed in my heart. Training people and helping them to change their lives is what I was put on this earth to do. I love it.

    I love waking up every day with a smile on my face, knowing that I have the opportunity to educate, inspire and motivate my clients to lead fit and healthy lifestyles.

    I think I live in the perfect time too. Obesity is now an epidemic in the states and across the world, I have a deep desire to be a part of the solution to this problem for the sake of the people who are struggling with their weight and for the sake of the children who are already paying a high price for not learning healthy habits at an early age.

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[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
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    I would say 90% of the people that I work with are looking to lose fat weight and tone up their bodies, so my goal during their training sessions is to keep them moving in order to burn as many calories as possible during our sessions (the other 10% are people looking to put on size or are elderly and looking to maintain a higher quality of life and functionality into their later years, so routines for these people are a little different).

    I don't like to waste time in the gym, so I keep the intensity as high as possible depending on the fitness level of my client. I incorporate a lot of supersets, giant sets, drop sets and plyometrics. I teach my clients how to keep a mind/muscle connection throughout their workouts.

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    I teach them how to be aware of the muscle group that is working, as well as what the rest of their body is doing. I want their workout to be as efficient as possible, so even if they are doing an arm movement, I want them to keep an isometric contraction in their legs and core as well.

    I don't have set routines for my one-on-one clients, every workout is different. I am constantly changing up the exercises, the angles, the order, the tempo, everything.

    I do this for a couple of reasons - I don't want them to get bored and I don't want their bodies to get efficient at doing the same movements over and over again. I don't have a set amount of repetitions I want them to work their muscles to fatigue, and actually they don't even need a lot of weight. I can make five pounds feel like 100.

    Switching up the routines like this is a wonderful luxury of working with people one on one. With my online clients it's a little different. I put together workouts for them to do but I have them switch things up every couple of weeks and I teach them ways that they can progress themselves so they can constantly keep their body challenged.

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I Am Constantly Changing Up The Exercises!

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[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
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    Of course! I have clients who have lost a lot of weight and are now healthier and happier, I have worked with girls training for their first competition and seen them all the way through until the day they step on stage for the first time, and I have worked with people who could barely walk up the stairs when I first met them only to be practically running up the stairs within a few months.

    I have one client in particular who I am just so blessed to work with. She has had such a wonderful success story despite having curveballs thrown at her left and right. When I first started working with her she was almost 40% body fat and was incredibly uncomfortable in her own skin.

    She cried the first time we sat down to do a consultation together because she didn't think I would want to work with someone like her. I told her she was EXACTLY the type of person I wanted to work with because I knew I could help her.

    This woman is such a hard worker and she made incredible changes to her eating habits. More importantly she was completely honest with me whenever she slipped up and reverted back to an old habit. Each time we just worked through it and got back on track. About a year after working with her she had dropped about 40 pounds and was at about 27-28% body fat, she was a completely different woman.

    As we continued to kick her workouts up a notch in order to reach her goal of 22% body fat we noticed that there was a bulge in her bicep that was not her muscle. I told her to have it checked out right away and sure enough it was a cancer tumor. The doctor said it had been there and had been growing for quite some time, but it was only because she had lost the weight and her arms were leaning out that we had noticed the abnormality.

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I Have Clients Who Have Lost A Lot Of
Weight And Are Now Healthier And Happier.

    At her former weight the tumor would have likely gone unnoticed for a long time. Luckily it was treatable with chemo, and I tell you something, I have never seen a more determined cancer patient than this woman.

    She stayed strong, she stayed positive, she stayed moving... a lot of days all we did was stretching and very light movements to keep her body active. She fought cancer and she beat it, and is back on the fast track towards achieving her fitness goals.

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[ Q ] Who are some of your most notable clients?
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    I have had the honor and privilege to work with some amazing people over the last several years. I've worked with a wide variety of clients of all types and ages.

    I've had clients ranging in age from 13-70, I've worked with people with 100+ pounds to lose and I've worked with figure and fitness model competitors. I've trained some incredible athletes including former NFL players Koy Detmer and Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Priest Holmes.

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[ Q ] Can you please you give me an example diet and training program you put together for your clients.
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    Sure. I will use the example of a client interested in general health and fat loss since that covers the majority of the population. This is different for clients that I work with who are current/future competitors or advanced athletes.

    For those who are taking their physiques to an even higher level there is obviously a much more intense training regiment and stricter diet which must be followed in order for them to succeed.

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In this sixth episode, Diana takes you into the gym for a beautiful chest workout at Gold's Gym in Del Rey, Florida and makes short work of both some traditional and unique chest exercises.

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    For online training clients I find out what equipment they have available to them, if they will be training at home or at a gym, what their current fitness level is and how much time they are willing to devote to their training program as well as some other pertinent details.

    From there I give them instructions on how often and how much cardio to do per week, how many times to strength train and then a workout for them to do; this varies per client - beginners will be on a full body workout which will eventually be progressed to some type of workout split (for example upper body/lower body).

    Nutrition wise, I take a look at how they are currently eating, figure out the amount of calories they should be taking in each day in order to maintain lean muscle mass and lose body fat, give my suggestions for doable changes to their eating plan that they can begin implementing (possibly eating more frequently, adding breakfast, reducing the amount of sugar they are consuming, that type of thing).

    I give them a grocery shopping list of the healthy types of carbohydrate, protein and fat sources that should be found in their homes and then guidelines for how their daily eating habits should look.

    Here is basic idea of a daily eating plan, the portion sizes will vary depending on the client and how many calories they need to be taking in per day. Also the type of carbs, proteins and fats can vary, this just gives you an idea.

    Sample Eating Plan:

    Sample Workout Routine: Full Body Workout:


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Beginners Will Be On A Full Body Workout
Which Will Eventually Be Progressed To
Some Type Of Workout Split.

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[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
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    There are a couple of common mistakes that clients typically make. Trying to do too much too soon and burning out, jumping on the bandwagon of whatever the latest, greatest diet plan is and then reverting back to old eating habits, and underestimating how crucial their eating habits are to their success.

    Considering that around 60-70% of the population is overweight or obese, a lot of people try to go from being completely sedentary to going gung ho for a couple of weeks at the gym only to get completely burned out or injured and then quitting.

    For the majority of my clients, who tend to be people who have not exercised for a long time or have never exercised on a regular basis, I take them through a progression which allows us to establish healthy habits which they will be able to continue.

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I Take Them Through A Progression Which
Allows Us To Establish Healthy Habits.

    The same goes for the people who go "on" a diet... eventually they are going to go "off" the diet and then gain the weight back that they lost and usually add a few extra pounds to their previous weight.

    One of my main goals with my clients is to teach them eating and exercise habits which they can maintain for the rest of their lives. The ONLY solution to long term, maintainable weight loss is healthy eating and exercise habits which are practiced on a regular basis.

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[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
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    I've seen a lot of trainers that don't push their clients and the training sessions seem to be more of a social hour than a work out. It drives me nuts when I see trainers at the gym who are letting their overweight clients sit for two or three minutes between sets that aren't even causing them to break a sweat.

    I also know that a lot of trainers don't emphasize how important nutrition is to their clients, I've seen people come into the gym and work with a trainer for months and months and have absolutely no progress which is a huge sign that they aren't eating right so that their bodies can actually change.

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[ Q ] Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?
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    For online training clients I provide them with a workout that they can do based on their current fitness level and the equipment they have available to them. Throughout the course of their transformation period I will continue to tweak their programs so that their bodies don't get efficient at performing the workouts.

    I also review their current eating patterns and suggest changes that I would make along with a sample plan of how they should be eating on a daily basis. In-person clients are slightly different.

    I can put together a plan for someone to follow at the gym on their own, but I encourage them to meet back up with me every 4-6 weeks so that we can switch things up.

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I Encourage Them To Meet Back Up With Me Every
4-6 Weeks So That We Can Switch Things Up.

    For people that I train with on a regular basis, I switch up their workout every time to continually provide them with an education on their body and how to work which muscle groups.

    I want all of my clients to eventually feel comfortable on their own in a gym setting so that the habits they create and the things that they learn during their time with me are skills that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

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[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
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    I think it is very important for each of my clients to define what their underlying motivation is for wanting to get in better shape, lose weight, tone up, and whatever it is that they are looking to do. For some it may be to improve their health, get off of medication, be a good role model for their children, have improved self-confidence, fit into cute clothes, you name it.

    Everybody has a driving motivator. I like to find out what that is so that I can remind them of it when they have a tough day or a lapse in behavior. I have them set goals and track their progress towards reaching those goals by taking measurements on a regular basis (for online clients I have them report their measurements to me on a regular basis).

    I encourage everyone to have a deadline by which to achieve their goals (so for online clients that is the end of their 12 or 16 week program) so that they have to stay on track in order to achieve their goal by their deadline.

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[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?
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    I train clients based on their ability level and their goals. I'm going to push each client to work as hard as they can regardless of if they are male or female.

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[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
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    My training style has changed completely. I remember when I first started - I had written programs for people that we did each time they came in, and I was definitely a "rep counter" trainer for a brief time, I got so bored training that way though... it didn't last long.

    I also didn't REALLY understand how important the nutrition aspect was until probably four or five years ago. As soon as I recognized that and started incorporating the nutrition guidance into people's plans they started to see real results.

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[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
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    Yes. I always spend time getting to know my client before I start them on any kind of program. I ask a lot of questions. I find out their health history, injury history, their current program, their current eating habits, their obstacles, their motivators. With in-person clients I do current measurements and body fat, postural assessments and before pics so we can track their progress.

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[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
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    I have both male and female clients. I definitely have more female clients than male, but I wouldn't say I prefer one over the other. I enjoy working with any client who is serious about improving their health and fitness levels.

Diana Chaloux
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FAME Competitor & WNSO Figure Pro.
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Diana Chaloux
Winner, 2006 Ronnie Coleman Classic!
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[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
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    Sure. I think it's inevitable because physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health all go hand in hand; you can't attain complete wellness without being healthy in all of these areas.

    Many of the hang ups people have when it comes to developing healthy eating and exercise habits are directly related to the stresses, issues and problems that life throws at them. Personal training is... well... personal. In order to help people in the most effective way possible, I think it's important to know where they are coming from and what is happening in their life that has been holding them back from achieving their physical goals.

    If I am working with a client who is having trouble binging out on junk foods when she/he is stressed out and depressed, in order for me to help him/her work on this bad habit we need to know the big reason WHY they are resorting to this behavior.

    When they can take charge of their physical health, it can affect all the other areas of their life to including the mental, emotional and spiritual sides.

    That's actually one thing that I love about this job because I don't get to JUST help people improve their physical fitness, I love people and getting to know them, I am grateful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on their fitness and their life as a whole.

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