Trainer Highlight: Kailyn Danhouser

Trainer Highlight - Kailyn Danhouser

Kailyn Danhouser is a certified personal trainer at the River Glen and North Shore locations of Elite Sports Clubs. Kailyn loves to help people of all types feel healthier and move better. Learn all about Kailyn Danhouser and her philosophy on fitness and exercise!

Meet Kailyn Danhouser

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

I train at North Shore and River Glen.

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

I’ve been personal training for over 2 years and I’ve worked at Elite for just over a year!

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

My passion is helping people through movement, so being able to enter a field where I can help people live a healthier and happier life is why I chose personal training. I chose Elite because they’re more than a gym. It’s a place where members and staff are empowered to live a healthier lifestyle through fitness, nutrition, and positive social interaction.

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

I love getting to work with people of all different needs and learning about their lives. It’s rewarding to see all the physical and mental improvements they make during the training process.

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

I’ve had a lot of training in working with special populations during my career, such as individuals with cancer, diabetes, cognitive disabilities, and various health/joint issues. I also work with perfectly healthy individuals. I see myself as someone who specializes in helping people move and feel better.

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

For me, it’s been getting away from the normalized exercises/movements that people would expect me to do, and really finding things that feel good for my body and joints. I’ve had to let go of doing certain exercises because they’re deemed “the best things to do,” but always caused me pain during/after. So now, I’m okay that I don’t do all the traditional lifting exercises. I find other ways to work my body’s systems and movements in ways that feel good.

Kailyn Danhouser

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

I wish I had a ton of amazing accomplishments, but a significant one that sticks out is a few years ago when I did the Whole 30 challenge. It was definitely a challenge to stick to such a strict nutrition plan for 30 days, but the accomplishment for me really came from what I learned during the challenge. I learned about my relationship with food, how I feel when I eat and drink certain things, and how I feel when I stay away from certain things.

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

For those rejoining or looking to venture into a workout program, I highly recommend exploring the things that you enjoy and feel good. If you start with things you enjoy, a routine will come much easier and you’ll be able to venture into more areas once you start to build your confidence. Start small and start giving yourself credit for what you accomplish!

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

One of my favorite quotes is: “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for something you ate/drank.” I think when you start looking at exercise and movement as a gift and not a punishment, it’s level on your list of priorities will start to shift. Activity is something we should do every day and it should be fun. It doesn’t mean you have to leave the gym/activity in a sweat-soaked shirt to get a good workout.

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

I always like to find out what “healthy” means to an individual. Is healthy for you being able to get down and up off the floor easier, or is it being able to run a 5k anytime you wanted? First, figure out what your ideal version of healthy is. Why is that your ideal version? Once you start to figure out your idea of the healthiest version of yourself, you can start to build your road map of how to get there. You can compare your map with a specialist to make sure you stay on track and learn how to avoid road bumps.


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