Liliana Campuzano (but I go by Lili)
I am originally from Mexico, but have lived in Austin since 2001.
When and why did you come to Austin?
I came to Austin in 2001. My mother wanted us to continue our education in the United States.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I have always liked to exercise but I started to take it more seriously when I injured my shoulder 4-5 years ago. After my injury, I began educating myself regarding proper lifting techniques and later got certified as a personal trainer.
Aside from my injury, I also went through a bad experience with a personal trainer who humiliated me. I approached this person to ask them for training advice, and in return received cruel comments like “lift up your shirt, you’re fat, I don’t think you’re strong enough,” etc. I used this experience as fuel to start my career as a personal trainer to help people instead of shaming them.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training.
I have been doing body building for about four years, and recently found myself interested in powerlifting. My next goal is to perfect my compound lifts and eventually compete in a powerlifting meet.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
“No pain, no gain”— I hear this daily! Lifting should not be painful, rather it should be aimed towards helping people get stronger while reducing the risk of injury.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
That they are not alone in this journey. I am with them to help them and push them every step of the way. I love training helping my clients achieve their fitness goals. I want to continue educating and helping those in the community who are struggling with their fitness journeys.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
My priority is reducing the risk of injury while achieving a client’s lifting goals.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
My favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit is that it is a private gym that cares about helping the community achieve their goals. ASF puts safety first, takes care of its employees, treats them like family and wants the best for each and every one of us.
Who is your hero & why?
My hero is my mother. She is courageous, strong, independent, intelligent, beautiful and has been both a mother and a father for me and my siblings. Without her I would not be the person I am today.