There are times like today when I am very proud to do what I do. I love the fact that you can learn so much from people. Today ill be speaking with Susanah Lopez who is a Freelance Fitness Writer. Visiting us from beautiful Miami, Florida.
Let’s see, a little bit about myself, I am a Miami native. I’m an avid people watcher and I keep a health and fitness column in a local family magazine called Sprinkles. I am also working on my first health and fitness book which should be out as soon as I finish writing it.
*What is it that intrigues you about health and fitness so much that you chose that as a career path?
Vanity. I remember working out at a local gym and a bodybuilder approaching me and commenting that I should become a personal trainer because, “I have a good body.” Apparently that was the main requirement at the time. I laughed it off and didn’t give it much thought since I was going to school and working towards a degree in Physical Therapy. Chemistry, unfortunately, was my kryptonite and I found myself leaning towards personal training because I could learn all about the human body and how it worked without having to figure out the atomic weight of Iron.
*How long have you been writing and what would you describe as your method of getting the attention of the viewer?
Sarcasm and technical jargon works really well. That, along with a variety of pop up survey ads seems to really get the viewers attention. Honestly though, I like to write and entertain and if I can give you some useful information it’s a win for everyone. I want to teach my clients how to work independently so that eventually we can cut the cord and they can train themselves. I give my clients, as well as my readers the truth and they appreciate it.
*Tell us a bit about your Everliving Fitness blog?
I started this blog a few years ago with the intention to market my services and educate people about health and fitness. We are an impatient society and we want results simply because we chose to start working out. People want to lose five pounds the first week at the gym and I have to tell them that the only way that will happen is if they wear lighter shoes. There is a lot of misconceptions out there about training and eating right. I have a little more knowledge than the average person when it comes to this topic and I want to share that. I also enjoy writing so it’s a natural fit.
*How have things changed for your career since you received your Masters in Creative Writing?
Career wise nothing really changed. I was ready for the offers to start pouring in after I graduated but all I got was this really big diploma. I’m definitely a stronger writer than before and I’m grateful to my professors for that. It’s definitely opened up more doors for me in a myriad of other industries, so now I just have to wait until I walk in the right door.
*What would you say the most important thing would be when meeting a client for personal training?
Timing. Timing is everything. Commitment is important too. Committing to a time that works for both of you is key.
*What are your thoughts on the many supplements that are being produced?
I don’t really think about them too much. I mean; deep down I’m all about eating clean. I fully understand that there are some reputable supplements/vitamins out there that can truly help you out but it all depends on your goals. I wouldn’t put my clients on any supplements because I’m not a pharmacist, nutritionist, or drug dealer. If my clients wanted to try a fat burner, or muscle builder we would go over it together and I would remind them that this was a temporary solution to a permanent problem. Consistency is key with anything you do. If you eat clean and work out regularly, you’ll find that you don’t need much else.
*Tell us a little about your regime when training?
I don’t follow a regimented program. I never have. I bore easily and I need to change my environment, activities and even the pace. Right now, I dance twice a week and I will go to the gym in the mornings for about forty minutes at most. Next month I may not go to the gym at all and workout at the park or take up a new activity. It’s all about keeping the body moving and engaged.
Yes. Why not? It would be a new experience and a fun challenge. I judged a fitness competition before and the women looked amazing, they were all inspiring. I liked everything about them except their skin. All these brightly made up faces with lipstick, blue eye shadow and a natural glow carried in by these rich mahogany colored bodies. I understand why they do it but it’s hilarious. I would make sure to get the right stain for my complexion and probably match up my face to the rest of me. I wouldn’t want to come out on stage looking like a floating head.
* As the last question, tell us in a few words why we should all follow your blog and why health and fitness are both so important?
All right, follow my blog because I intend to reveal all the secrets every personal trainer has ever kept from their clients. Including, what they are really looking at, where do they buy those fanny packs, and how they learned to smile when they say, “you are doing really good”.
Why is health and fitness so important? Well, it’s not important; it’s necessary, simple as that. Without good health and fitness habits your body deteriorates and wastes away. We train everyday for our “golden years”. Start living a healthier, more active lifestyle today and your body will thank you later.
*Well I must say this was a great interview and you’re very personable. I wanna thank you again for being a guest on the blog today and I ask that you please visit us again. You’ve done tons of great work in the community and you’ve also helped many through your services; I can only see things getting better for you from here on out. From one Full Sail student to another I wish you the very best…