You dream bigger after losing 70 lbs, so about 4 months ago, I began looking at personal trainers (PT) to take me to the next level. I want definition, I want tone, I want…abs…the holy grail of fitness. I needed someone with more knowledge than me to get me there. So I began interviewing trainers. Not wanting to waste my money, I took my time. Running a food and fitness blog, it’s not much that a trainer could say that I don’t know. “Yep, I already know breakfast is important.” “Thanks, but I know I should eat brown rice vs. white and drink half my body weight in water.” “Really? Avocados are good fats? You don’t say?” “Oh, you want to see me do a squat? With weights ? I got through those effortlessly? Umm thanks…I’ve only been doing them for years…” I needed someone to take what I know and take me down a peg…or two…and push me beyond to where my ambition scared me; because if your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.
I stumbled upon Jerry Newman on IG (@nkaelub), of all places. As the conversation about fitness commenced, I told him my goals, the first thing he said that stood out was: Stop eating dairy. Why? I ask, “It sits on your stomach longer than meat and isn’t good for women’s bodies.” Umm okay, something I didn’t know…well, he does have abs and I don’t, so listen Nieta, I said to myself. The first session he stated “If you’re ill, we will stop, but if you want to stop because you’re sore, too bad.” I jumped right in, he created a series of exercises and the options were to do them…or do them…and they weren’t easy. I left questioning am I really a bad ass? Did this guy from IG just revoke my beast babe card?! Needless to say I was hooked day one, and 6 weeks later, I am AMAZED at how my body is changing. I think everyone has a story and I’m driven by them, here’s Jerry’s.
1. “You woke up like this.” The stereotype is all PT’s are naturally born as physical specimens. How did you begin your personal fitness journey?
I was always athletic. I used to play basketball and also ran half marathons. I didn’t begin a real fitness journey until I ruptured my Achilles and couldn’t work out for 6 months. That is my BEFORE picture and the moment I realized something had to change. I gained more weight than I ever had.
2. How often do you stay in shape and what is your daily routine?
I work out about 5-6 days a week for at least an hour a day to stay in shape. My daily routine is some combination of cardio & weight training. I alternate different parts of the body so if I do legs one day I will do back or arms the next.
3. Is it true all PT’s consume are protein shakes? What is your average daily diet?
Occasionally I’ll have a protein shake as a snack either before or after a workout. My average daily diet consists of the 80/20 rule when I’m not prepping for a competition. I eat healthy 80% of the time and have cheat food 20% of the time. I eat 6 times a day with 2-3 hours between meals. It’s very important to eat breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and a snack before bed. I try to avoid processed foods, dairy, and sugar.
4. Do you compete? What do you do to prep?
I compete a few times a year in body building/physique competitions. My workout routines change accordingly and I work out twice a day 7 days a week. My workouts are still a combination of cardio (HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training) and weight training. My diet changes accordingly where I generally add more protein and eliminate any processed foods and sugar. I also stick to good fats and good carbs in a form of carb cycling (Low carb days and high carb days)
5. As a certified trainer, can you tell when a client has “cheated” on their routine?
I can definitely tell when a client has “cheated” on their routine. I can tell if a client has not been eating right and also if a client didn’t perform their workouts with me during the week.
6. What is one of the craziest ways a client has procrastinated in their workout?
I once had a client take forever to get “dressed,” procrastinating in the bathroom before the workout.
7. I’m not at goal yet, should I already be fit to hire a PT? And how often should I train to see results?
You do not need to be fit to hire a PT. A good PT can train any fitness level from beginner to advanced. You should see a trainer 2 times per week to see results and also be willing to do at least 2 more workouts per week on your own.
8. I’m a treadmill/cardio addict, what type of exercises do you recommend to lose fat?
Cardio, alone, will not make you lose fat. High intensity interval training is the key type of cardio to lose fat. The combo of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and eating healthy will help you lose fat.
9.Name one fitness philosophy you live by and something no one would assume about you.
The 80/20 is key when it comes to eating and living a healthy lifestyle. Motivation is temporary so it’s important to keep creating achievable goals. I love junk food and have a sweet tooth, eating healthy is a struggle for me sometimes.
10. I’m interested in hiring a personal trainer, where can I find you?
I’m on Instagram at @nkaelub. I train people in The Dungeon in Westchester. I can be reached at
773-209-9108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org