Ali says of working with her clients and co-workers, “I can honestly say I love my job. I’m blessed and happy. This is the job I hope to have the rest of my life.”” Ali says of working with her clients and co-workers, “I can honestly say I love my job. I’m blessed and happy. This is the job I hope to have the rest of my life.
Ali Kershaw’s approach to personal training is not that different than her approach to life. “Don’t let your mind fool you. Fake it until you make it,” she says. In other words, pretend like you know what you’re doing and pretty soon you will. “There’s a lot of mental in the physical.” It’s not just a nice-sounding aphorism.
Ali has always applied this philosophy to her own endeavors. Whether it was her successful 11-year TV and film career in Hollywood, getting her Masters in Clinical Psychology, raising her two boys to make positive changes in the world, or becoming a personal trainer and running a growing studio, Ali thrives on new challenges. When she first came to The Perfect Workout and tried the leg press, she remembers thinking, “I’ll never be able to move this thing.” From that initial encounter last April where she barely budged 170 pounds, Ali can now press 405 pounds for 1:53, setting a great example for her clients. Her goal is to be able to do the whole stack of 480 pounds soon.
Ali grew up around athletics in Montana. Her dad was a hammer thrower in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Unfortunately, both her father and grandfather passed away suddenly due to health conditions, one of the main reasons Ali does what she does. “It’s an investment in my health. I’m never not going to be working in the health and fitness industry.” Ali’s own slow-motion strength training workouts are paying off, and her clients are reaping the benefits, too.
One woman who had three hip replacements needed a cane to walk when she came in. After a few months of working out she tossed it aside and got up the stairs on her own. Another client told Ali about a fall he avoided completely because of his increased strength and balance from The Perfect Workout. “This instills confidence in them that they never knew they had. It erases fears and doubts,” she says. “Most people feel stronger, and they also feel more confident. It helps with their overall mental health.”
More than anything, what makes Ali a good trainer is that she truly cares about people. She’s a great listener, and she works just as hard to help her clients achieve their goals as they do. For 2015, Ali says, “There’s no time for hesitation. No better time to invest in your health and longevity.” Her own goals for this year include making her clients happy, helping the West Plano studio grow, giving 100% to her clients, trainers, husband, and two boys, and finding the balance among it all. Knowing Ali, she’ll make it all happen.