Name: Amanda Bode
Hometown: Spring, TX
When and why did you come to Austin?
In 2010, for college
How did you get into personal training?
I was a multi-sport athlete growing up and focused on volleyball as I got older, eventually landing myself a spot on the Concordia Texas Tornados volleyball team. The fitness background and knowledge of how important strength training is to increasing performance, led me to get my Personal Training Certification. Since college, I have trained for multiple bikini competitions, powerlifting meets and other performance competitions.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
Now that I’ve met my aesthetic and life goals for my wedding and honeymoon, I am planning to gear up for a performance competition or race of some sort. Which one is still to be determined.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
That the only way to lose weight is to eat less and do more cardio.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I would like all my clients to feel a sense of accomplishment after leaving each session. Each person has different goals or hurdle to get over and if they can see each session as a step toward their goal or getting over their hurdle, then that’ll fuel their fire to keep working in that direction.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
I care. Not to say that other trainers don’t, because I’m surrounded by several trainers who care about their clients and their goals, but I have been given the gift of empathy and with that, I feel like I can connect with my clients and feel their excitement with them when they accomplish something or even feel their pain when they are down about something. I have no problem adjusting a session into exactly what my client needs in that moment.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
Every trainer at ASF has something special to offer, there is a place for every kind of person with any kind of goal here. (Unless it’s a quick fix – we offer real solutions).
Favorite quote and who said it?
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all of the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.” -Vince Lombardi