It’s not just a passion for fitness that motivates myself to be the best trainer I can be, but a desire to help others achieve their goals and dreams. Through various methods using kettlebells, TRX, battle ropes, body weight, weights, etc., I strive for excellence above all else.
With over 10 years experience as a personal trainer, I take pride in the workouts that I design for my clients’ specific health and fitness needs. My clients will always receive a different workout each time they train with me, challenging them from a different angle every time we train. My unorthodox style of training proves I do not settle for anything less than my client’s best.
I tend to gravitate towards clients who are looking for longevity (meaning they haven't worked out their entire life and are now trying to age as gracefully as possible), senior clients, or those on the mend from a joint replacement, recovering from a stroke or post cancer treatment.
Also, having experienced a significant weight loss myself, my passion for exercise obviously extends to those trying to live their healthiest life as well!
My favorite part of my job? Witnessing clients being able to achieve a fitness/health related goal that they couldn't do three weeks ago.
My favorite client story
My favorite client story come from an 84 year old man that I started training after he suffered two strokes. He could no longer walk after his time in the hospital, so I was brought in to try and build some overall strength to see if walking again was a possibility. After 8 weeks of 3-4 times a week of training at 30 mins a session he is successfully sitting himself up in bed and then standing on his own and walking with his walker!
My favorite exercise
Anything hamstring related.
My favorite quote
"The luckiest man is the man with his health"
My training philosophy
Just show up and train out of thankfulness that you have the health to be in that moment working out because our health can change in an instant.
My training experience
I have over ten years of personal training experience starting in the big box gym and then moving to a more personal approach the last 7 years and doing in-home training.
Areas of Expertise
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Functional Training
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Start Certified Boot Camp Instructor
Who I Especially Like Working With
Beginners, Cancer Survivors, Disabled, Law Enforcement, Post-rehab, Rehab, Seniors
Medical Conditions Experience
ACL tear, Artificial Hips, Artificial Knees, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Cancer, Cardiac Rehab, Epilepsy, Hamstring Issues, Hip Replacement, Joint Pain, Rotator Cuff Issues, Shoulder Issues, Stroke recovery
Training Areas Served
In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training
April has proven herself over and over again not only through my personal success of nearly 40 lbs. lost and a 10% decrease in body fat in only five and a half short months, but she does it the safest and healthiest way possible with a lifestyle of healthy eating and exercise for each of her classes and clients. I've never felt so strong, so beautiful, and so confident in myself that it's almost as if I've been born again. Thank you April Gatlin for believing in me and being my rock and my motivator through this journey. I couldn't have done it without you. One thing that everyone needs to keep in mind while chasing your dreams and reaching your goals, as long as you want it as bad as she wants it for you, then you will succeed!
I have been a personal training client of April Gatlin’s for almost two years. You get a personalized program focused on what your needs are. Never the same old routine, something different every week. She’s helped me go from frumpy to firm, not only in muscles but in self-esteem and confidence!
My whole life I have always struggled with weight loss. After 43 years, I finally "got it"!!!! Working with April has changed me, my body, and my view on living a healthy lifestyle. Being held accountable by April was the first step towards my change. This whole process has not been easy by any means, but well worth it!! I feel the best I have ever felt in my life. I now look at living a healthy lifestyle as part of my everyday life. A big thank you goes out to April, who has guided me along in so many different ways.
In May of 2012 my doctor told me that he wanted to put me on high blood pressure medication at age 33. I was at my heaviest weight ever of 347 pounds and I knew it was time to do something about it because I met April Gatlin. I began training with her and she held me accountable with my diet and pushed me to work harder than I ever thought I was capable of. Over the past year of knowing and training with April I have lost 110 pounds and have gone from a 50 inch waist to a 36 and an 3XL shirt to a large. I owe all of my success to April.
Since personal training with April, I’ve noticed significant changes in my core and overall balance and stability. Sitting behind a desk all day doesn’t do anything for your overall health so we need some encouragement and someone to push us at just the right time. Staying focused on my needs eliminates wasted time and efforts that has produced noticeable improvements.