10/11/2013 6:04:00 PM Audra McPartland will get you in shape
Growing up obese, it wasn't long before Audra McPartland knew she needed to make a change. She started eating better and exercising and helped herself improve her life. "It helped me feel better about myself," she said. Now, she wants to do the same for others. The teacher at Wahitis Elementary is pursuing education online to become a personal trainer. Her goal is to help people find what changes or adjustments they may need to make to improve their lifestyles and their lives. By working one-on-one with her clients, she plans to make specialized workout plans to help people achieve the goal they most want, whether it's weight loss or strength gain or more. She is already active in physical fitness. She teaches the Turbo Kick class through Othello Community Schools and has led group fitness classes before in Moses Lake. She will be leading her personal training sessions at the karate dojo here in town, she said, with special permission. They will start Oct. 28 and sessions will run from 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. She will be providing all equipment needed, like yoga mats, weights and medicine balls. The price for her sessions are $20 an hour. She wants to make it affordable, she said, so people can get the help they need without having to spend a huge amount. Clients will have help setting the specific goals they wish to hit, talk about healthy eating habits, take measurements and keep a log. Her service will go into more depth than a standard physical trainer does, she said. "I want to help people," McPartland said. Keeping a log and setting specific goals will help the clients stay motivated and continue to work. With a concrete idea about the specific achievements they are reaching for and logging their progress, they are less likely to give up or fall back to old habits. Finding that motivation can be difficult, but once you get going, becoming fit can actually become more like an addiction, McPartland said. Once you start seeing those results you want to keep going and make yourself feel even better. She continues to be motivated to pursue this new endeavor because of the changes she's already had a hand in making in other people's lives. In her group fitness classes, she had multiple people lose more than 30 pounds, which is just amazing. Some of them are still in touch and she loves to see the progress they are still making. That change, the fact that she had a hand in improving the lives of people she has worked with helps her keep going through everything, McPartland said. She and her husband, a teacher at McFarland Middle School, have one son, with another baby on the way. She may have to take a break when the baby comes, but after a while, the personal training sessions will start back up again and she will make sure each client has goals and plans to get through the time she will be unable to meet with them. To get in touch with McPartland, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 989-6856.