Personal Trainer Of The Month: Tasha Wall

When Tasha achieved a personal weight loss goal, she felt the inspiration to share what she learned with others. She became a trainer, and now guides new weightlifters to the promised land!

Personal trainers have to somehow connect to their clients. Some do it through loud onslaughts of inspiration. Others, like Tasha, lead by example. See, she wasn't always the healthy, fit beauty you see in the header. She endured years of the fat battle. When she finally defeated her negative self, she sought to share her success with others.

Don't mistake this Canadian princess for the storybook belle. She worked hard to insure her own success. She works just as hard for her clients. The time for change comes to everyone. The question is whether or not you will make that choice. When, or if, you do, a great trainer can guide you to your goals.

Name: Tasha Wall
Age: 28
Education/Certification: certified personal trainer
Location: Prince George, BC, Canada
Contact Info:
Number of Clients: 20-30
Facebook: TashaWallFit
Twitter: @tashawallfit

Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?

After fighting years of depression and body image, I decided to make a change to get my life and happiness back. I began my journey to get healthy. Once I accomplished my weight loss goal, I decided to become a trainer and have since started fitness modeling.

When and why did you become a trainer?

Three years after getting to my weight loss goal I became a trainer so I could help people to never feel like I used to. I show them they can be happy and love their bodies.

What is your training style? What methods do you use?

I alter it to the individual. I don't often do "boot camp" style training. I like to give a workout that's hard, but doesn't make them dread coming to the next session, especially since most are beginners. I push each client to where I know they're comfortable and get results at the same time.

Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?

I've seen so many of my clients transform into different people, even in the way they walk. I have seen them reduce chronic pain, medications, insomnia, lack of energy, you name it. I have clients who have lost more than 100 pounds and are now running marathons. I also have clients who have now become personal trainers also and are inspiring others and teaching them what I first helped them do.

Can you please you give us an example diet and training program you put together for your clients?

I treat each person individually and make programs specific to them. For nutrition, we sit down and they tell me their favorite foods. I will show them how they can work those foods into six small meals in a healthy way (with moderation of comfort foods) and still get the results they want. I give my clients training routines and homework if they don't come on a regular basis. Sessions usually consist of a full-body workout with resistance training plus high intensity cardio and plyometric intervals. I find this gives them the best bang for their buck.

What are the most common mistakes a client makes?

Not knowing how to eat properly. Often clients come to me saying they've tried everything a million times, but they weren't doing it properly. The go-to mistake of under-eating for a couple days, and then falling off the wagon is common.

What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?

Thinking you can communicate with every person the same way. What works for one person, will not necessarily work for the next. Some need tough love; some are already way too hard on themselves and need a softer approach.

Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?

I give them the tools to be able to make their own diet plan. I show them how to work with all the foods they like so they know what to do without me. I write out routines for them to do when we're not training together.

Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?

Very much so! But, I love it. I love to hear about their lives as we go on. Personal training has so much to do with a mental state of mind that it would be silly to ignore the psychological part. I try to help them better themselves in every way possible: family, career, and love. If that means just listening, then so be it.

How do you keep your clients motivated?

We schedule bi-weekly weigh-ins and monthly measurements. We set mini- and long-term goals. I also lead by example. I remind them of all the great things to come. There are millions of ways to keep them motivated.

Do you train a male client differently to a female?

Not really, again it depends on the end goal. I train people who want to gain weight and mass the same, regardless of the sex. The same goes for weight loss. It's the same methods with adjusted calories and weights.

How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?

No, because what I have always done, has always worked. Of course I learn more every year about myself and my profession. That makes me a better trainer.

How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?

I basically just get to know them. I ask about their life and what they want out of a trainer. I can assess their fitness levels as we go and adjust accordingly.

Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?

I don't prefer one or the other, but I do find I have a special bond with women. I feel I'm on a team with them and we all need to stick together and support each other. People of the same sex can often relate to each other on another level, but opposites can work too!