About Ingrid: "Ingrid Nelson hopes to inspire her clients by igniting a fire they didn't know existed, producing confidence and appreciation for their bodies. Ingrid wishes there was a certification for nutrition guru but until then, she's carries the following certifications and specialties: Nike Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Maddogg Spin Certified Instuctor, TRX Qualified and Sweetgreen Ambassador. Keep up with ingrid @ theingridnelson.com"
Ingrid was kind enough to answer questions for us as part of our Featured Trainer series.
1. Share a little about your fitness background. How did you become a personal trainer?
I had a very active childhood and have continued that journey into adulthood. I was a competitive figure skater and loved being active. My mornings and weekends were spent on the ice. If I wasn't at the ice rink I was running, dancing or cross training. It only seemed natural to start coaching during my high school years. Personal Training grew in the same way. After attending college I quickly missed the "coaching" aspect of my life. My personal training certification quickly followed and I've been loving every minute since.
2. You were recently named Washington D.C.'s Best Personal Trainer by readers of the Washingtonian and regularly draw hundreds of people to Nike's Monday Night Bootcamp class. What about your teaching style makes you so successful?
Expectation. I truly believe every day and every movement is a privilege. I expect my clients to enjoy their bodies and work hard. I believe I make that expectation very clear and clients respond well. In the end, I look you in the eye and smile, sometimes clients need to know you care and I do. The workouts aren't about me, they are about the athlete in you.
3. In addition to training individuals, you also teach group fitness classes such as TRX and spinning. What makes for a great group fitness class?
Group fitness is fun and it should always be at least that. However, I think my instinct to be personal with my classes helps. Good Music, unique exercises and always measuring the next goal are part of every "Ing" class.
4. If you could change one thing about the fitness industry, what would it be?
The idea that you have to fail to call a workout a "good" workout drives me bonkers! There are a lot of great workouts that don't have you crawling out the door in the end. I don't like when clients judge a workout based on how many days they are sore afterwards. Soreness happens but your effort is what I want you to measure.
5. Back to personal training - if you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?
My clients are truly amazing and I look forward to seeing them every day. Proper nutrition before and after workouts is the behavior I would like to see change. Eating and exercise go hand and hand. You need energy to workout and especially in the morning. Refueling after every workout is crucial as well.
6. Tell us about YOUR weekly workout schedule. What are your favorite workouts?
Mine?! I change my workout routine regularly (every 60 days). Spring is a busy season and a fun one for fitness! The weather is perfect for running right now and I try to take advantage. I currently run at least 5-6 times a week. I switch my runs up from short runs, to sprint work, trail runs, whatever I feel like doing that day. Strength work varies form HIIT, NTC App workouts and Pilates. Last but not least yoga at least once a week.
7. What is your favorite place in Washington D.C. to exercise outdoors?
I have a workout I've been doing for years that involves a stop at the National Gallery of Art. It's a beautiful building and they have great stairs. I love how that it's always nice and cool at the top where I usually do circuit and core work. I love to have my very own little "Rocky moment" as I run back home to Capitol Hill. It's familiar and it's my own little thing.
8. What is your favorite place to get a healthy meal in DC?
Sweetgreen, obviously! I have a clear addiction here and love being a "sweet person" ambassador for Sweetgreen. Their seasonal salads always keep me interested and I love the Chic-P Salad. Hanks Oyster Bar is also a favorite for a sit down meal!
9. We hear that you have big changes on the way. Tell us what's up!
I do! I took a new job as a Cycling Instructor and Community Director for PureRyde Bethesda! PureRyde is a very unique workout experience featuring RealRyder bikes and high energy Pilates. I cannot wait for us to open in May and for everyone to come ride with me! Playing a role in my community has always been important to me and I couldn't be happier with PureRyde's mission.
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