Personal Trainer Of The Month: Tiffany Boshers

When Tiffany moved to California, she found a place where a trainer can flourish. Her experience in athletics now guides others toward fitness!

Name: Tiffany Boshers
Age: 29
Education/Certification: BS Kinesiology
Location: Newport Beach California
Contact Info: 224-402-9922
# of Clients: 20
Rates: Equinox Gym Rates $100

Personal trainers, like their clients, come from all sorts of backgrounds and home towns. Their athletic histories are sometimes starlit, but come to earth to share the intensity athletes bring to the weight room. Trainers like Tiffany have to train bodies and minds, convincing muscles and memories of what possibilities loom.

Then, they must put people to work! Tiffany's mix of experience and calm dedication make her ideal to nudge novices toward the experience they need to change. Transformations don't work when done half-assed; you must give it your all and hire a trainer willing to do the same.

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

I have been around sports and fitness since I was a 5-year-old. I have grown up and succeeded at high levels of multiple sports. I recently moved to Newport Beach, California, to work at Equinox as well as coach. I love what I do and love being in the gym.

Hard work is everything! I strive to be able to cross over to that next level where no one else goes. I played Division-I sports, and I have been a part of pro teams and through all kinds of injuries. It takes persistence, dedication and the willingness to reach your goals.

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failed attempts. Forget everything except for what you are going to do right now, and do it."—Will Durant

I am a motivated person with super high energy and love to laugh and smile. I love the gym atmosphere and being around others who push themselves to the limits.

When and why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer right after I graduated college. I was offered to play professional soccer overseas and decided before jumping into that I was going to play semi-pro soccer in Chicago and stay around fitness and health. I was always motivated by my strength and conditioning coaches that I had in college so I knew I wanted to do something along the same path. I jumped into training and have loved it ever since.

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

I love to motivate. I believe everyone has a voice inside them that tells them they "can't go on" or "can't do this," My job is to stop that voice. I think lifting weights is essential no matter your goals. I love supersetting and keeping clients moving, much like my ADD personality.

Building a relationship with my clients is crucial to retaining them. I love the friendship and bond we make when we spend that hour together. As their trainer, they trust you and need you. Always push to fatigue! No exceptions.

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

I will never forget my very first client. Clearly I was nervous and excited at the same time. He was a lawyer in Chicago. He made it clear day one that a girl couldn't help him reach his goals. The training sessions were brutal to start. He didn't trust me nor like the fact that I was a "little girl" trying to train a "big guy."

He had many obstacles to get over to reach his goal of weight loss. He was in a huge accident that prevented him to walk the golf course, which he loved to do. He also wasn't the nicest, smiling man at 6 a.m. Three weeks into our training sessions, after not one word of satisfaction from him, he looked at me before our session and said "My knee is feeling better." That may not sound like much, but coming from a man who didn't ever say one positive thing, it meant the world to me.

I recently flew back from his wedding; I also ended up training his wife! I have never been more proud of him and our accomplishments together: 35 pounds and two 2 triathlons down, he has walked countless golf courses. Trust is everything, and when you trust, results are achieved!

Who are some of your most notable clients?

People come in and want to lose body fat or build muscle and when they see those results, it is always a huge accomplishment. It makes them super happy. As their trainer it gives you an amazing feeling. Some clients come in and aren't that talkative; they are pretty down in life and not at all confident. Those are sometimes my favorite people to work with.

Nothing is better than giving someone hope, seeing them stand up straighter, smile more and come in excited for their next hour with you. You learn people's personalities and understand how huge that hour is for them. Training isn't just pushing weight. There is a whole other side to it; you get to know someone for who they are and see them change inside and out.

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

I think everyone is different, but some things never change. Diet is huge! I am a firm believer in eating 5-6 meals per day. Smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day make sure you get your metabolism kicking.

You always hear how "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" I believe it to the core, but I also believe in making sure you are constantly aware of time and how many times a day you are eating.

What are the most common mistakes a client makes?

Not eating enough or making poor choices with their diet.

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

There are 24 hours in a day. If you are only focusing on the one hour you get to see your client for that day, you haven't at all touched on the lifestyle that client is living. Just because you get them for an hour doesn't mean you can't affect the other 23.

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

I make it mandatory to see at least three days written out of their diet. I want to know the time they ate, what they ate, when they went to bed, when they get up, and how much water they drank that day. Learning about the daily life of the client is a big factor as well. Their outside life affects their body and what areas they need to improve on.

How do you keep your clients motivated?

I am constantly in touch with them. Even if it's just a simple text message to see how they are or what they ate today or a reminder to get in their cardio. Everyone likes to feel loved and thought about. You would be surprised how far that goes when you genuinely care for someone.

Do you train a male client differently from a female?

I think everything depends on what the client is looking for and what results they want to see. I don't believe women can't do what men can do, I just don't think that a lot of women want the same goals as men.

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

Everyday someone is coming out with new fitness ideas. I think staying up to date with that is important and clearly professionals are always learning more! I still believe, since day one, in lifting weights and pushing yourself to failure.

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

I would never take a client without and assessment. We look at their blood pressure and resting heart rate, and also get to know the person from the start. Simply knowing what someone's job is or if they have a family can tell you a lot about the client's needs.

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

Love them both!

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

Yes, 100 percent. As I stated before, if clients trust you, which they should, they will tell you, and I have definitely heard it all!