introducing our instructor of the month


introducing our instructor of the month

Featured Instructor: Shelby Schrader
AFAA Certifications: : Primary Group Exercise Certification, Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Home Base: Gilbert, Arizona

sun iconSPECIALIZATIONS:
Group Fitness

microphone iconBRANDED LICENSES:
Les Mills Group Fitness

heart iconWHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY CAREER IN FITNESS:
I love that my career in fitness allows me to join others on their fitness journeys; getting to inspire, encourage, and empower others in their fitness goals truly makes every fitness moment worth it.

There are always wins to celebrate

My Client's Success Energizes Me

Inspiring moments come each time I teach a class. My heart overflows with joy when I see members turn the dial up, increase their weight/repetitions, or take an advanced option to challenge themselves. Members’ self-determination, drive, and passion are constantly inspiring.

Doing Work that Makes a Difference

Michelle Rogerson, EXOS assistant performance manager, has seen Shelby in action. “Never in my career have I known anyone that has as much love and passion for group fitness as Shelby. She puts her heart and soul into every class she prepares and teaches, and does it all with a desire to help others achieve their goals and celebrate their health and fitness. She brings her energy, enthusiasm, and fun to each class, ensuring everyone to leave a pool of sweat in exchange for a smile,” said Rogerson.

What Shelby Loves Most

I recently had a member explain that she’s been taking my cycle class and eating healthier to lose weight. She showed me before and after pictures, which weight loss and overall toning were completely visible. I congratulated her on this, then asked her how she felt, outside of physical appearance. Her response, “I feel amazing. I feel healthy.” This is why I do what I do – people deserve to feel healthy, strong, powerful, and amazing. It was awe-inspiring that she wanted to share that journey with me.

Shelby's Advice to You

Push yourself past your limits so that you can encourage members to do the same. Don’t over train so you can continue to love every class. Celebrate your victories. Set goals and chase them. And when you reach them, talk about it. Your story will inspire others! Celebrate in the successes of your members, and take the time to motivate everyone in your classes, every time. You are likely the reason they come back to the class, so always give it your all. Fitness journeys are best shared. Truly connect and spread your enthusiasm and passion.

Learn how you can start on your own path to becoming an Instructor Who Rocks. Learn more about our Group Fitness Instructor Certification.

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