Trainer Highlight: Harry Nelson

Trainer Highlight - Harry Nelson

Harry Nelson is a certified personal trainer at Elite Sports Club – Mequon. Harry brings his positive attitude to the fitness center, building strong relationships with his clients to motivate them and help them achieve their personal goals. As a chocoholic, Harry understands some of the struggles people go through, but as a fitness professional, he has all the right tools and knowledge to help people succeed. Learn more about Harry Nelson!

Meet Harry Nelson

  1. Out of which Elite locations do you conduct training?

I work out of Elite-Mequon.

  1. How long have you been a personal trainer and how long have you worked at Elite?

I’ve been personal training at Elite for less than a year.

  1. What made you want to start working as a personal trainer and/or for Elite?

I love creating personal relationships with people while bettering ourselves. I have a passion for fitness and if that can rub off on members, then I feel like I’m making a lasting difference. I also wanted to work in an environment that offered a variety of opportunities, making sure that no two days are the same. Elite popped as the perfect place!

  1. What is your favorite part about being a personal trainer?

The people; no one is the same and their personalities really shine when faced with obstacles and rewarded with progress.

  1. What areas of exercise/fitness do you consider to be your specialty?

My specialties include circuit training, super sets, free weight exercises, and varied cardio.

  1. What has been your biggest personal struggle with health/fitness?

Chocolate. I’m a stress eater with a sweet tooth.

  1. What has been your biggest personal accomplishment with health/fitness?

Rehabbing from knee surgery. I’ve dealt with injuries before but having to take such a step back, change the way I train, and return to a status on par before the knee injury took a lot of time, focus, and effort.

  1. What advice do you give people who are starting a workout program for the first time or after a long absence?

The first step is the hardest. Once you start, momentum will naturally occur. Everyone, no matter the experience or fitness level, has had that first step. Do not compare yourself to others as everything is relative.

  1. What advice do you give people who are struggling to make health/fitness a priority or are getting bored/burned out?

Find a balance in and out of your comfort zone. If you spend days, weeks, or even months in your comfort zone, you’re not going to see much progress. On the flip side, if you constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone, you can burn yourself out or develop negative feelings toward the gym or being healthy. Do something you like to “get your foot in the door” and sprinkle in movements or activities you rarely do to challenge yourself physically as well as mentally.

  1. What personal advice do you give someone who is looking to get to a healthier point in their life in general?

Ask ask ask. Reaching health goals has become complicated by fads, new research, and stigmas. Ask credible professionals about nutrition and ask trainers about exercises and form. When doing your own research, be skeptical enough to double check and open-minded enough to accept information. Keep your eye on the prize, stay motivated, and use that knowledge to execute your plan one day at a time!


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