Erika MelingVerified 1 Review
I was an active kid growing up playing basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey. I discovered my love of running and fitness later as a senior in high school. This passion led me to earn an Exercise Science and Sport Studies degree from Rutgers University, and ACE Personal Training & Group Fitness Instructor certifications right after graduation. My philosophy is that exercising should not feel like work. Fitness should be an enjoyable experience, and developing a routine will alleviate stress that comes in everyday life. My goal for all my client's is for them to reach their ultimate fitness goals, whether it's getting faster or stronger, as well as enjoy working out in a comfortable space!
My favorite client story
A few years ago, a client signed up for personal training after she had a bad breakup. She was determined to use exercise as a healthy outlet for her anger and grief, and to shed the "break up pounds". We trained together for two years, where we did everything from cardio and strength, to running, drills, and band work. We started with 3 days a week for one hour and she eventually got comfortable going to the gym on her own. She was eager to learn more every session and became more interested in running (my personal speciality) in which I suggested the correct type of footwear & training plan for her to follow for her first 5k. We still keep in contact today as friends despite no longer training together.
My favorite exercise
Running is my first love because it's my personal therapy and brings me joy every time I put my shoes on. I also love a good ab and glute session. Strengthening your core is essential for daily life, which I understand a lot more since having my daughter in September 2019.
My favorite quote
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine
My training philosophy
My goal is provide safe, effective, and fun workouts for clients in the comfort of their own homes. I create plans and workouts that best suit your individual goals and needs! Getting into shape should not feel like work. It should be an enjoyable experience; something you look forward to do and develop a routine that will ultimately alleviate stress from everyday life.
My training experience
I earned my BS in Exercise Science from Rutgers University, as well as my personal trainer certification from ACE Fitness a couple months later. My first jobs were working as a trainer at the RWJ Fitness Center and Rutger's Recreation. A couple years later, I earned a group fitness instructor from ACE Fitness in order to open more doors.
In 2014, I was unfortunately let go from RWJ Fitness Center due to budget cuts, but not too long after I was hired at the Princeton Running Company (now JackRabbit) as a Senior Sales Associate. At Rutgers, I was doing one-on-one training, as well as teaching a HIIT class, a small group training class, and "couch to half marathon" class 3-4 times a week. I had also taken a per-diem position with RWJ Somerset as an exercise physiologist, teaching group fitness classes to clients ranging from ages 13 to over 60 years old.
In 2018, I left JackRabbit for 6 months to train at a fitness center called Impact Training in Hillsborough, NJ. At the time, I wanted to focus solely on training and group fitness, and I believed this gym would provide this for me. Unfortunately, sometimes things don't work out as planned and I left Impact Training, and I was lucky to get my job back at JackRabbit. In just a few short months, I was promoted to Assistant Store Manager. Around this time, I also joined Find Your Trainer as an in-home trainer!
I became pregnant with my daughter in early January of 2019 and I still worked up until August, a month before she was born. I went back to all my work places in January 2020 until the pandemic hit. I was furloughed from JackRabbit in March, from Rutgers in June, and from RWJ in December (but did not work because there was no in person training). In a way, timing could not have been better because my daughter was young, but it was a hard hit to lose what I had professionally.
So, as we're finally starting to see normalcy back in society, my goal is to increase my clientele again. Over the pandemic, my husband and I built a home gym to train clients virtually. It's been a slow process, but I'm starting to reap the benefits. I'm looking forward to working with you all in order for you to meet your goals!
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
- Sports Performance Training
NCCA Accredited Certifications
TRX Functional Trainer, CPR/AED/First Aid
BS in Exercise Science and Sport Studies
Who I Especially Like Working With
Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Men, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Pre/post-natal, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women, Youth
Medical Conditions Experience
Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Breast Cancer, Depression, Hip Pain/Issues, Joint Pain, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Piriformis Syndrome, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Sciatica, Shoulder Issues
I have worked with Erika for over 3 years and have not even thought of looking for another trainer. She truly cares about the client and makes sure that the exercises are challenging, but at the same time safe depending on body mood. Over the years, due to work/races ,I have had many injuries and Erika has been able to adapt the workouts in a way that they are challenging but at the same time not strenuous to the injury. She is able to provide training in diverse number of activities; weights, body workouts, TRX, bands, Bosu ball and running. She has extensive knowledge of the exercises and is always looking for new exercises that are great calorie-burners. I truly love working with Erika, our sessions are definitely the best and definitely made a change in my life.
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