Sonja wanted to expand her skills beyond massage and began seeking out other avenues of work that would bring her that same kind of fulfillment. Her search led her to The Perfect Workout and it instantly felt like a perfect fit. She was drawn to the science behind the method of slow-motion strength training and the emphasis on proper form and safety.
In addition to fitness, after high-school, Sonja began to educate herself in holistic health and natural healing. Applying this knowledge to her own life, she began to enjoy the benefits of taking care of herself through fitness and nutrition. It was a natural progression that she would one day share her knowledge and passion in these areas with others.
During her time as a massage therapist, Sonja discovered how important it is to treat every client as an individual with unique needs. Ultimately, she combined her interest in holistic health and love for helping others by transitioning to the world of fitness.
With its focus on physiology and safe practices, slow-motion strength training was exactly what Sonja was looking for, both as a client-friendly program and as a new workout regimen for herself. She found that doing the workouts twice a week increased her fitness level exponentially and made maintaining her body weight easier than ever.
Sonja joined the Anaheim Hills team as a Personal Trainer, and ultimately became the Facility Manager of the studio, where she continues to help change lives every day. One of Sonja’s clients in particular, struggled with self-confidence when she started training at The Perfect Workout. She felt she was too overweight to get any of the results she wanted. Week after week, Sonja encouraged her to believe she could do the exercises. Soon enough her client would come into the studio excited to workout. She even dropped the negative self-talk. “Small things make a difference when you’re working with someone 1-on-1, and seeing that change is why I love this job.”
It’s Sonja’s ultimate goal in life to help others achieve what they never thought possible. “There’s truly no greater reward than encouraging people and watching them break through the mental, emotional, and physical roadblocks holding them back, so they can go out and live their best lives with confidence, joy, and enthusiasm.”
The Perfect Workout’s work culture has also had a big impact on Sonja’s experience. “It feels like this is my home. Everyone here is so open, and they really care about what they’re doing. It’s a company with integrity.”
In her life outside of the studio, Sonja loves spending time with her pug, Stella, as well as drawing, painting, and reading. One of her goals is to launch her own website about fitness and the mind-body connection. She also wants to keep increasing her intensity and focus in her twice a week workouts. “The deeper I go, the deeper I can bring my clients. The better results they are going to see. That’s the most important thing.”
“It’s important to me to tap into each client’s individual energy. It builds trust and lets me serve them better in the workouts.” For Sonja, creating a strong trainer-client relationship is vital to a client’s growth, and it makes her clients want to push themselves more. She intends to help as many people as she can by empowering them through exercise and creating a positive mindset.
Matt Hedman is a Master Level Super Slow instructor and the founder of The Perfect Workout, which is the largest privately-owned 1-on-1 personal training company in the United States with over 60 fitness studios nationwide. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. He worked briefly as an engineer in GE, until he found his passion for HIT, and pursued a career in personal fitness training.