Trainer Talk with Linda Denno
Meet Linda Denno, one of The Ranch’s certified personal trainers. Linda is well known on the fitness floor and much loved by her clients. You will see Linda coaching, encouraging and even boxing with her clients. Linda has a keen understanding of aging science and is a master at helping her clients achieve a vast scope of successes. She has helped her clients with joint replacement recovery, weight loss, balance improvement and even win 5K races. Her ability to improve the quality of her client’s lives is one of the reasons she stays so busy. Read on to learn more about this amazing woman.
- What was the draw for you to become a fitness professional and how long have you been a personal trainer at the Ranch Fitness Center?
Linda: “In my late 20’s I started going the gym with a focus on being ‘skinny’. Back then, I was what is termed ‘skinny fat’, meaning that even though my body weight was in the normal range, my body fat was a whopping 38 %. Ironic that even though I was a size 6 … I was also obese at the same time! I realized I was going to have to change my thinking if I was going to change my body. Therefore, I hired a Personal Trainer and changed my focus from being skinny to being healthy. My trainer encouraged me to eat more and assured me that I would not get fat. By eating smaller, nutrient dense meals, lifting heavier weights, and doing cardio I significantly changed my body composition. I lost fat and gained muscle. I felt stronger and healthier and the real bonus was that my back no longer hurt. I was hooked! Years later, after I burned out in the Corporate World, I decided I wanted to do something I loved which was helping others to become strong and fit. I began personal training at The Ranch Center Fitness & Spa in May, 2007 and have been rewarded with helping people to feel better and live better ever since.”
- You recently held a weight loss challenge for your clients, most of whom participated. What was the benefit of this program over the ‘one on one’ training that you do?
Linda: “There’s something a little easier about letting yourself off the hook when you know no one’s watching…or so you think! So you slip a little….you eat that cookie, the breadsticks, ice cream, and find excuses for not going to the gym. However, when you commit to a specific challenge, you hold yourself much more accountable. With the Weight Loss Challenge, participants made a commitment to themselves and to the group. They made an official statement of what they wanted to accomplish, and how they were going to accomplish it. It really helps to know that you are not making a commitment alone, and that others are supporting you in a positive way to help reach your goals!”
- Based on your years of experience and training, what is the one bit of advice you could share to boost someone’s weight loss success?
Linda: “If I had to pick just one bit of advice it would be to show up for yourself! You have to make yourself and your health a priority if you want to be strong, healthy, and ultimately fit for the rest of your life!”
If you are interested in meeting Linda or one of our other personal trainers, please stop be the Ranch anytime to discuss your individual needs and review the many personal training options available.