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June 24, 2023

How I Train: Marina Hallman

As a personal trainer and nutrition coach, I see people of all ages, all with a wide range of abilities. However, most of my clients are women. And the average age of my clients is 60 years old.

As some women age, they begin to lose their sense of purpose through significant life changes like menopause, career shifts, retirement, or the loss of a spouse. The things that they could once do with ease are now difficult. I’ve witnessed their spirits begin to fade. And many think they have no control over any of it. That’s where I come in!

I am not only helping build muscle and burn calories, but I am also helping build self-confidence. Strength training is extremely empowering. I help women learn to love their bodies for what they can do, rather than what they look like. Seeing women do the things they couldn’t think they could do is incredible. Seeing women find that in themselves, gives me purpose.

One of the most common goals I hear from these women is that they want to lose weight. Many women face body composition changes with age. They don’t feel comfortable in their own skin anymore. There is so much misinformation going around about how to combat this. Most are doing endless cardio and have tried every diet under the sun. But that’s why they come to see me. Because it’s not working! I teach them to properly fuel their bodies. We strength train to build muscle. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolic rate tends to be. Dozens of studies show that even a relatively brief resistance training program can rebuild muscle tissue in people over 50. So, the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.

Everyday tasks seem to become a challenge the older we get. Functional exercises are particularly beneficial because they mimic common activities. I tend to keep my programming very simple. There is no reason to overcomplicate things. With my background as a dancer, movement quality has been ingrained in me from an early age. Form and safety are the highest priorities. All my clients perform basic movement patterns that support everyday activities and independence.

Below are functional exercises and the activities and actions they support:

  • Squat: picking up objects dropped on the floor; lifting
  • Lunge: climbing stairs; building and maintaining balance
  • Press: lifting something off a shelf; breaking a fall
  • Pull: opening drawers and doors
  • Hinge: lifting a grandchild; unloading a dishwasher
  • Rotation: stepping into the tub; putting on pants
  • Locomotion: walking; moving about the home

One of the aspects that sets me apart as a personal trainer is my commitment to building genuine relationships with my clients. To me, you are not just another trainee; you are a friend with whom I share a common goal. I firmly believe that a strong trainer-client relationship built on trust, support, and encouragement is vital for achieving long-term success. I am here to provide the guidance, motivation, and accountability needed to stay on track and surpass your fitness goals, no matter how big or how small.

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