Hiring: Personal Trainer for Corporate Wellness

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Enliven Wellness Works is now hiring a dynamic personal trainer to teach fitness education classes and conduct personal training sessions for one of our corporate wellness clients in Tampa, FL. Must be able to teach safely and effectively to all levels of fitness. Must enjoy working with people who are new to fitness and may have a variety of health issues. The ideal candidate will have 4+ years of experience, will be professional, punctual, open to feedback and have an energizing and motivating personality. We are looking for someone with a big heart, a small ego, and excellent communication skills. Must have a desire to work independently while at the same time connecting with a team virtually to serve the overall health and wellness of our clients employees. Work will begin in February 2017. The personal training sessions will run in 5 hour blocks, every other Thursday. Opportunities to teach the group education classes may come up throught the year. 

POSITION TYPE: Independent Contractor

PAY: $50 per hour of personal training, $75 per education class

– Provide personal training sessions for 1-2 people at a time
– Facilitate fitness education classes (materials provided)
– Maintain client notes and report client progress weekly
– Maintain all mandatory education certifications
– Maintain professional disposition at all times
– Follow policies/procedures in the Enliven Independent Contractor Handbook
– Maintain consistent communication on class schedules with supervisor
– Send regular email communications to client and/or participants
– Use personal vehicle to travel between various worksites in Tampa, mostly centered around downtown

– Experience teaching exercise classes and doing personal training for clients of all levels
– Excellent verbal & written communication skills
– A passion for helping people

Candidate should have relevant fitness or education certification, background or degree with a minimum of 4 years teaching/personal training experience. CPR is also required.

Must have a high degree of energy and have the endurance to teach and complete class workouts without getting winded or out of breath. Physical demands also include, but are not limited to considerable use of your arms and legs, moving your whole body, lifting, standing, balancing, bending, squatting, jumping, running, reaching, walking, hopping, and kicking.


TO APPLY: Send your cover letter and resume to: jennifer@enlivenwellnessworks.com

Nat’l Senior Health & Fitness Day 2015

Nat'l Seniors Health & Fitness Day 2015Keep up the fun & momentum after your Memorial Day Weekend and celebrate with seniors around the country for National Senior Health & Fitness Day! While these ‘national observances’ show up only once annually on your calendar, they’re meant to create awareness and promote healthy change.  This website is full of good information on how to develop healthy lifestyles for the seniors in your life (and it wouldn’t hurt if you jumped on the bandwagon with them!). A few little changes can go a long way to living a healthy, vibrant life. 

Exercise for Fun!


So many of us today tend to use exercise as a means to be able to eat more or less. If, in our minds, we exercised adequately, then we are apt to “reward” ourselves with some food that we consider “bad” or “off limits” under normal circumstances. If we don’t exercise, or don’t put forth the amount of effort we felt we should, then we tend to restrict our food intake and “punish” ourselves by not having something we might truly desire. When did exercise become a means to an end in regards to rewarding or punishing with food? How did we get here and how can we begin to break this vicious cycle that leaves us feeling empty, guilty and frustrated?

First, exercise does not have to be hitting the gym for 90 minutes in the hardest boot camp class you can possibly find. If this is what you enjoy, that’s one thing. However, if it is something that makes you cringe and want to pull the covers back over your head or work an extra hour just so you will “accidentally” miss it and blame it on the boss, then maybe its not quite suiting your specific needs. Exercise comes in all forms. There are plenty of things we can do outside the gym that could be considered fun and active. The key is finding what works for you and what you like. Do you like to walk? Ride a bike? Go for a hike? Swim? Kayak? Rock climb? Jump on a trampoline? Ride horses? Be in nature? Do yard work? There are so many options. Start here: You will want to sit down and write out a few of the activities you enjoy doing that will fit into your life and will help keep you active.

Next, realize that food has been used for too long as a punishment and reward system. Therefore, start to reframe your mind and ask yourself before eating, “Am I truly hungry right now?”. If so, ask yourself what you are truly hungry for and go from there. If you are not truly hungry, there is no need to eat. You can fill your time with a fun activity other than food. Rationale: if we eat when we are not hungry, but rather just bored or filling time, food will only fill that void for the amount of time we are doing it. We will still be bored after we are done eating and may reach for more food. See the cycle?

We can break this cycle – together. Reach out to us here at Enliven Wellness Works and we will help you. We are seasoned coaches that have a passion for being the best we can be – without punishing ourselves – and we want the same for each and every one of you. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started today!


TracieTracie Hammond has a B.S. degree from the University of Southern Maine. She is a certified nutritional consultant from the Global College of Natural Medicine, a certified personal trainer, and she holds many other fitness and nutrition certifications. Tracie uses the integrated approach to wellness, combining nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction techniques.  Tracie empowers her clients by coaching them to set realistic goals, identifying their strengths and obstacles, and setting weekly strategies to overcome these obstacles.

Make Exercise a Lifestyle Commitment!

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“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn. I discovered this article about making exercise an important part of your life when I was looking around on Linkedin and found it to be very interesting and helpful. While these steps may not be concrete ways to lose weight or stay in shape, it is a helpful reminder that everyone needs sometimes.

My personal favorites were:

1.  Develop a “move more” mindset.

Carving out a specific hour of a day for a workout is great (and we will get to that in a little bit) but first, start each day with the mindset to move more. By reminding your body to get more movement throughout the day, you will be more likely to do it. So sit less and stand more. Take more steps and stairs. Walk to talk with a coworker instead of emailing them.

Stretch in your chair, squat to pick something up, park far away from stores so you will walk more, stand up when you talk on the phone and do some exercises while you watch TV. There are numerous ways you can sneak more movement into your day. Begin each day with a move more mindset and you will find them.


3.  Find your favorite exercise.

I know people who commit to a form of exercise and hate it. How long do you think they will keep that up? We aren’t inclined to dive in or stick to things we despise. Out of all the forms of exercise out there, find one you just love. Get really specific. Don’t just say, “yoga” discover what form of yoga is your favorite. If swimming is your thing, do you prefer swimming laps or water aerobics? Or maybe you’d dread a step class but you can’t get enough of Pilates.

A good way to identify what type of exercise is right for you is to first figure out if you like to exercise alone, with a partner or in a group setting. You may have to experiment a little bit before you know. Try different forms of exercise until you find one that energizes you physically and mentally. Find your favorite exercise—one where excuses won’t even enter the equation when it’s time to exercise.

When I am in a slump, these are the two that are most likely to get me out of it. Exercise and health are all about you. It doesn’t matter how your neighbor or a movie star gets healthy or what they like to do. What matters is what gets you active and what activities you can sustain. This is something a lot of people forget, and is why it can be so hard to pick a health plan. So, I hope you can take these steps lightly and choose to follow the ones that stand out to you, or work on the ones you think will be most beneficial.


Rebecca Ewing

Rebecca is currently a senior at The University of Tampa. She is studying public health with a concentration in wellness and minor in philosophy. Rebecca has been interested in health and wellness since she was in middle school, and is very active in those fields. At UT she has been a member of the women’s tennis team, Student Athletic Committee, Focusing On Optimal Dietetics for students, RX Factor, an anti-prescription drug abuse organization, and the Wellness Committee.

Eight Ways to Safely Exercise in the Heat

Humana’s July 2011 Wellness Watch highlights summer safety this month. Below are some great tips from this newsletter to stay fit and stay safe in the heat!

Summer temperatures are here. In July, we’ll probably see some of the hottest days of the year. When the temperature is high, take care when exercising because it puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. Here are eight things to remember about exercising during the summer.

1. Water, water, water. Staying hydrated is important while exercising in the heat. Drink water before, during, and after exercise. You should drink about two cups of water two hours before exercise, eight ounces of water before going outside, and a few gulps of water every 15 minutes while you’re outside.

2. Avoid the hottest time of the day. The hottest time of the day during the summer is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Try to get out early in the morning or later in the evening if possible.

3. Wear the correct clothing. Wearing lightweight and lightly colored clothing helps you stay cool. Also, wear a hat to keep the sun off your head and sunglasses to help protect your eyes.

4. Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen will stop your skin from burning. Once skin is burned, it makes it harder for your body to stay cool.

5. Acclimate yourself. Go outside for short periods of time to get your body used to the heat. If you’re competing in an event in the middle of the day, slowly work in some training in the middle of the day to get your body used to it.

6. Slow down. Don’t expect to give your best performance when the temperature is in the 90s. Tell yourself it’s OK to take a few extra minutes to complete a 5K race or to take more breaks during games like tennis and basketball.

7. Use your best judgment. If an inside facility is available during extreme heat, use it. You can get a good workout indoors.

8. Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If you find yourself dealing with any of the following symptoms, stop immediately and get out of the direct heat.

  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Cramps
  • Weakness

If you have these symptoms, drink water and place a cool, wet washcloth on your skin. If you don’t feel better in an hour, call your doctor. Enjoy your summer and the hotter months of the year. However, don’t risk your health for an outside workout.

Bottom line: Exercising outdoors in the heat can be dangerous because it puts extra stress on your heart and lungs. It’s
important to take precautions and listen to your body to prevent heat-related illnesses.


Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for medical care provided by your physician or professional care provider. Only your doctor or professional care provider can diagnose and treat a medical condition.

Motivation Plus Success Story – Saundra

Name: Saundra

Pounds lost since start of program:10 pounds

Inches or sizes lost since start of program: 1 size

What other positive health changes have you experienced since the start of the program?

Eating what is termed as “real foods” not processed. The amount of water to drink that helps in weight loss.

How would you describe your health before you started Motivation Plus?

Good, but needing improvement.

What lifestyle changes have you made since starting the Motivation Plus program?

I eat healthier because now I know what “real food” is.

What motivated you to make these changes?

After being told by my doctor to lose weight to maintain my blood pressure and to keep my A1C from becoming higher.  I tried cutting things out or my diet, but it did not work for me I felt deprived of the good foods. Learning to eat healthier 80% of the time left 20% to eat something I craved for if wanted and this works for me.

What keeps you motivated?

Staying healthy as I age!

What are your future goals?

To retire and work for my church and volunteer at the hospitals in the  nursery to help nurture the premature babies.

Do you have any advice for others who would like to lose weight and/or improve their health?

Yes! To search for that thing that will motivate them so they can obtain their goal to become healthier.  In doing that, you will lose weight also.