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ACE certified personal trainer

Catherine Basu

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About Catherine

ONLY taking online clients for MAY and JUNE 2018!


Wish you could find a personal trainer who would meet you at YOUR place and pace? I'm an ACE Certified Fitness Professional who offers just that! I'm based in Houston, TX, but work with clients all over the world through online personal training programs and sessions as well as group fitness programs. If you're in Houston, I can come to your home, office, or favorite park to help you reach your wellness goals. Above all, you can expect me to listen to your needs and set up a program that works with your life. I offer all new clients a free initial consultation so they can see if I'm a good fit for their needs. My personal favorite form of fitness is running and I love introducing new runners to the sport. Although running was my first fitness love, I have experience teaching a variety of fitness classes and work to help the beginning exerciser find activities that make fitness fun while fitting into a busy schedule. My training philosophy is "one step/stretch/push-up at a time! " I teach my clients that listening to their body is the most important thing to remember while exercising. When taking on a weight loss goal, years of under-use, injury, or a multitude of other barriers to fitness it's easy to give up or to get frustrated when results aren't immediate. I'm here to teach my clients that they won't get anywhere without respecting their body. In a world where clients are often inundated by ridiculous sales pitches for fad diets, I also teach clients about realistic fitness goals and real life nutrition options. With all clients my ultimate goal is to teach them the tools that will make them successful at maintaining a healthy lifestyle on their own. I don't expect my clients to need to work with me 2x a week for the rest of their lives. I want them to be able to independently maintain their success.


My favorite client story

This is hard because I have had so many great and unique clients! However, I really enjoyed working with my oldest client. At 88 years old, she came to me with a desire to maintain her independence which meant being able to carry groceries and work on her balance. Seeing her achieve these goals was one of the most rewarding experiences for me.

My favorite exercise

I love running! It's the way I de-stress, I don't need a gym or any equipment to enjoy it, and it helps me explore new places when I travel. That being said, Yoga is becoming a new favorite as I have finally recognized and decided to work on my own inflexibility!

My favorite quote

"Many of life's failures are those who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

My training philosophy

My training philosophy is "one step/stretch/push-up at a time!" I teach my clients that listening to their body is the most important thing to remember while exercising. When taking on a weight loss goal, years of under-use, injury, or a multitude of other barriers to fitness it's easy to give up or to get frustrated when results aren't immediate. I'm here to teach my clients that they won't get anywhere without respecting their body. In a world where clients are often inundated by ridiculous sales pitches for fad diets, I also teach clients about realistic fitness goals and real life nutrition options. With all clients my ultimate goal is to teach them the tools that will make them successful at maintaining a healthy lifestyle on their own. I don't expect my clients to need to work with me 2x a week for the rest of their lives. I want them to be able to independently maintain their success.

My training experience

I'm the owner of Fit Armadillo in Houston, TX. I'm an ACE-Certified Fitness Professional with my Bachelor's Degree in Biology from The College of William and Mary and Master's Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut. I have worked with clients ages 10-88 in person in Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, and am currently based in Houston, TX. However, I have clients who live all over the world! Arkansas, Japan, Denmark, Australia are some of the places my online fitness clients call home. In over 7 years in the fitness industry, I have worked at a variety of fitness facilities in a variety of roles. I've taught classes and trained clients at the YMCA, private gyms, and women only facilities. I've also coached middle and high school cross-country and track and field. Finally, my experiences as a fitness center director enable me to help clients select the best equipment whether they are building a home gym or small facility for their office. My experiences as a manager required me to present wellness lectures to gym members and employees. Today I enjoy combining these experiences and my Master's Degree in Education to create materials for corporate fitness clients interested in improving employee health.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Pilates

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Education

BS in Biology, The College of William and Mary, MEd, The University of Connecticut

Who I Especially Like Working With

Seniors

Training Areas Served

In-home or Outdoor Training

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