What It’s Like When Your Boyfriend is a Personal Trainer

I’m not a fitness or health professional; in fact even my days as a “real” competitive athlete ended abruptly during my teens, but I don’t want people to think I’m full of beans when I talk about wellness.

For the past three years, I have lived in close quarters with a health and fitness professional, and it’s as you might expect.

He frequently breaks out into a stretch or exercise, even in a questionable setting. He’s a stickler for healthy diet – exceptions for his guilty pleasure french fries, of course.

Because of my boyfriend I have stayed very linked to the fitness world and learned so much about how to improve my body, diet and exercise plan. It’s almost like having a trainer, without having to pay for one!

Cameron has a BS in Kinesiology, is a Fitness Specialist and NASM-Certified Personal Trainer. He specializes in health coaching, weight loss, post-rehab training and is seeking further certification in corrective exercise. When I met him over 6 years ago, he was on a scholarship for nursing school, proving that his skills in health and science were there from the get-go.

Fitness runs deep in our relationship because we’re practically the exact same height and build. When we first met as freshmen in college, I was a bit overweight and he was far under. All couples have a desire to look good for one another, but for us it is an everyday mission.

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Gorgeous.

Having him around is great for my progress, but that doesn’t mean we’re without our occasional disagreements and miniature arguments over what’s best – especially for dinner. When he’s trying to gain weight, and she’s trying to lose weight, fitness-loving households can get interesting, to say the least.

Due to our differing diet needs, there’s been times when it seems we haven’t eaten together in weeks. However, I find that when we actually shop and plan healthy menus together, we can eat the same thing and still be fine in the context of our goals.

As rewarding as it is now, for awhile in the beginning I would get discouraged and felt I couldn’t live up to his expectations. Seeing him in the gym all the time pretty much guilted me into my disciplined running regimen of the last few years. Nowadays, I feel much less “guilt” and much more productive motivation.

Both of us have lived and learned, and had fun teaching one another new things while keeping our competitive nature. He still inspires me every day to try to be in better shape than him.

All things considered, fitness is a relatively new career field. Cam has a working knowledge of the musculoskeletal system that trumps what many coaches and trainers have taught in the past. He can identify sources of pain and tension instantly and prescribe therapeutic stretches and exercises. He works at a gym here in San Diego but is always looking to expand his portfolio of private clients.

It’s not easy being a pioneer in a field of “experts,” and I’m so proud of him for blazing a trail in his career and making a difference in people’s lives. As you can tell, I love him with all my heart, but I vouch for his training as well. 

The best part of Cam’s business is that he trains and coaches people of all ages and backgrounds, in person OR via Skype from the comfort of your home.

If you’d be interested in training with him, reach out via email or his Facebook page!

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