Lisa became an NSCA certified personal trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist at the prompting of her family and friends. Lisa already possessed a passion for fitness and for helping others. Becoming a personal trainer seemed a natural way of bringing the two passions together.
Lisa’s interest in weight training was sparked when she took a body conditioning course during her freshman year in college. She took a variety of other PE courses to keep in shape including softball, modern dance, ballet, judo, archery, and track, but it was the weight training that produced the most noticeable results in the shortest amount of time. “I had never been an athlete or even attempted being involved in organized sports because of low self-esteem. I never even considered obtaining any sort of physical education degree. That was for jocks.” Lisa graduated with a BA in English and political science, and a minor in geology. She then went to law school, obtained her juris doctorate degree, and practiced law in South Dakota.
“In 2001 my interest in weight training was rekindled. I had been under an incredible amount of stress and needed to do something to feel better about myself. I had lifted weights over the years off and on, but I was never very serious about it. I started to get serious, but this time I also incorporated proper nutrition, cardiovascular training and flexibility training. I became stronger, faster, more flexible, and more relaxed. The day-to-day stressors were still there, but the regular exercise and better eating habits were helping me to cope and feel empowered. I wanted to share this feeling. That’s why I became a personal trainer.”
Lisa currently lives on the Big Island in beautiful Hawaii. She has two teenage sons. In addition to being a lawyer, personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist, Lisa is a vocalist and plays bass guitar.
About My Certifications
I am an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Both certifications were obtained by the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certification Commission. The NSCA-CPT certification is designed for those who train clients in one-on-one situations in gyms, fitness centers, private homes or hospital settings. The CSCS certification is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting.
The CSCS program was established in 1985 as a way of identifying individuals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to competently train athletes, and is the only strength and conditioning credential that has been nationally accredited since 1993. The NSCA-CPT program was established in 1994 as a way of identifying individuals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to competently train active or sedentary individuals as well as those who have special health and fitness needs, and is the first personal training credential to become nationally accredited.
For more information about the NSCA Certification Commission’s credentials, please visit www.nsca-cc.org or call (888) 746-2378.