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Robyn Pettinger

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL

When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin with my best friend after finishing grad school in 2008. I came to experience a new place and go on new adventures.

How did you get into personal training? 
After playing sports through the collegiate level as a softball player, I wanted to learn the what/how/why and the science behind training and exercise and I wanted to be able to share my love of movement with others. So I pursued a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and have been in the fitness industry since 2008.

Tell us about your current fitness goals and training.
My lifelong goal is to remain healthy  and strong enough to do the activities I enjoy at any age.  I want to play rec sports until I’m 50, sprint around with grandkids in my 60s,  hike a mountain when I’m 80. I never want the lack of exercise or poor nutrition limit me from any activity.  My training right now consists of strength training and sports conditioning with my ladies travel flag football team. 

What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
That you have to do things you hate in the gym and eat boring foods to be healthy or lose weight.  I try to make the process enjoyable and help clients find mindsets and habits that work for them within their life. You CAN enjoy the process.

What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want clients to enjoy their time with me.  Not every moment might be enjoyable but if you understand why you’re doing something and the purpose behind it, it makes the challenging times worth it. I want clients to feel supported, heard and seen. That they are cared about.  I also want to help clients create an ownership over their health and to develop a long term knowledge of how to stay fit and active on their own. 

What sets you apart from other fitness professionals? 
Lots of trainers have a deep understanding of the body and knowledge of training, but I feel like what sets me apart is that I understand that a person’s health is much more than their physical body.  A person’s mental, emotional and spiritual health are all equally as important. 

What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
My favorite thing about ASF is the quality of trainers and leadership within the company. I love that ASF is the best in Austin when it comes to personal training. I am so happy to be joining such an established and successful business that cares about their clients and the community.

How do you, personally, define success?
Success, to me, is leaving people and places better than you found them.  Laying your head down on the pillow at night knowing you did the best you could and were kind to the people around you.