Curt Minter is a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor at Elite Sports Club-River Glen and Elite Sports Club-North Shore. Curt strives to help his clients feel and move better because he understands the struggles they face. Learn all about Curt Minter and his take on health and fitness!
Meet Curt Minter
- Out of which Elite locations do you conduct training?
- How long have you been a personal trainer and how long have you worked at Elite?
I have been personal training since my senior year of college in 2016. After graduation I started at Elite and have been here for one and a half years.
- What made you want to start working as a personal trainer and/or for Elite?
I have always enjoyed being able to movie and feel my best, and as a personal trainer I am able to help others do the same. I also enjoy helping others reach their goals and giving them that extra bit of knowledge to help keep them on track. My aunt Linda, who works at the front desk, helped me get my start. She mentioned how great everyone is here at Elite – and she was right. The staff is very supportive and the members are great to work with.
- What is your favorite part about being a personal trainer?
My favorite part about training is when I hear from my clients and members how much better they feel each day after their workouts. I love that I can not only help them feel physically better, but mentally as well from the distraction from their daily stressors.
- What areas of exercise/fitness do you consider to be your specialty?
The area that I specialize in would be strength training with a focus on the core. Everything that we do involves the core – from our day-to-day activities to our fitness routines. Having a strong supportive core helps improve all we do.
- What has been your biggest personal struggle with health/fitness?
As with many people, my biggest struggle has been doing cardio training for long, extended durations. Working out on a single piece of equipment tends to be dull for me as well. What I have done to combat this while still improving my cardio is through interval training on each of the machines. I push myself harder for a shorter period of time, then switch machines to help mix it up. Also, teaching spin class has greatly helped each week. While teaching, I push myself just as much as if I wasn’t the instructor so that I can improve right along with my class.
- What has been your biggest personal accomplishment with health/fitness?
My biggest health accomplishment has been getting my diet in check. Through college, eating well was not always the easiest thing. Since then, I have been able to find a great balance that works for me. It’s something that takes time but it can be done.
- What advice do you give people who are starting a workout program for the first time or after a long absence?
Stick with it! Progress comes in waves and you might encounter setbacks, but if you stick to your routine you will get to where you want to go in the long run.
- What advice do you give people who are struggling to make health/fitness a priority or are getting bored/burned out?
Find your balance. If you are struggling to make it to the gym, take a step back to find that time for yourself. You may find that if you make health a priority, other daily activities will fall into place. If you are feeling bored or burned out, find something completely different that you may love to do. This will help you enjoy your routine once you get back to it.
- What personal advice do you give someone who is looking to get to a healthier point in their life in general?
Keep it simple for yourself – stay active and eat well. Just make small changes that will gradually help you move more and eat better. These small changes will be much easier to stick with.
Have you trained or had a class with Curt Minter? Tell us about your experience, or perhaps your own personal health & fitness story!
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