“I don’t like cheap motivation.” That’s right! This girl is serving some girl power! Ari Gomez is here to tell us what it’s like to be a Nike Trainer and how she enjoys motivating the ladies to work work work!
1. How did you become a Nike trainer?
Three years ago Nike was looking for trainers with long background in fitness to be part of the first NTC Tour here in Mexico City so they contacted me and after a few interviews I was chosen not just to be part of the tour but to be the Head Coach of House of Her, a house that is a showroom, lounge and a studio at the same time with a lovely rooftop. House of Her it’s the only one space in the world created by Nike just for women.
2. What are your specialties in terms of fitness?
Strength and Conditioning. I love to train with beginners and show them that weights are not something to be afraid of.
3. What are your top 3 favorite exercises?
Lateral kettlebell swing, barbell squat (with all variations) and plyo push-ups (with all variations)
4. What does your day look like?
My day starts at 5 am and ends at 9 pm so I have to take a nap in the middle to recharge the battery. Early mornings are for 1:1 training sessions with 2 clients, then I have my breakfast to start my training at 9:30 / 10:00 am to 12/13:00 hours depending on what I have to train. The rest of the time is for eating, meal preps, developing plans for my clients, preparing my classes and writing for my website. I coach on House of Her from 6-9pm.
5. Who is your fitness inspiration?
Michael Vazquez and Juliana Malacarne
6. What is the most interesting part of this job?
Getting to know my girls beyond the hours of training. I really enjoy being close to them and giving them what they need so they do an amazing job. I motivate them and learn from them. I also love to engage with them as a community so they get to know each other and realize they are not alone, that there are other girls like them with the same passions and struggles. I enjoy when they become friends and share not just a training session but also a coffee or a shopping day.
7. What/Who is your favorite Instagram fitness page right now?
8. How do you motivate your clients?
I don’t like cheap motivation like “Go girl!” “If it hurts, it’s worth it”. I don´t use negative words to motivate; instead, I always remind them why they are here and the benefits of being here. I also like to put emphasis on their feelings and I make sure to get to know each one of them and say something positive while I’m correcting the technique or telling them how strong they are if they’re struggling with the last rep. I also like to motivate with music. I believe that you don’t have to be talking all the time. If you had good music, the beats will do the job, not for the whole class obviously but for certain moments. That allows me to correct each one of them.
9. What’s your advice to people who are interested in becoming fit
Have a reason; if you don’t have a real reason or purpose you’ll drop 2 weeks later. Do this for yourself and try different classes or training methods until you finally find the one you like and feel comfortable with. When you find the one, stick with it and everything will fall into place. Ask everything you want to know. After all, it is your body and you have to take care of it.
10. Where can everyone keep up with you to learn more? (Website, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc)