ACE-certified Success Stories
Debi Pillarella, MEd
ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor
ACE-certified Personal Trainer
The Community Hospital Fitness Pointe
2004 ACE Fitness Director of the Year
I turned to fitness many years ago as an overweight child. My mom and neighbor encouraged me to sign up for an aerobics class at a local park and vowed they’d go with me. After feeling the enthusiasm of the instructor and seeing the positive effects exercise had on my mind and body, I was hooked.
I received my ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification (formerly IDEA) in 1987 and began teaching classes for a local YMCA while putting myself through school. I taught at a local elementary school full time, but couldn’t stop teaching aerobics on the side. My love for fitness grew to the point where I formed BodyWorks Inc., a fitness consulting firm, in 1990 and pursued my dream of being a fitness business owner.
BodyWorks was a grass roots fitness company devoted to bringing quality fitness programs to local communities. In 1998, I closed my business to become the Fitness Program Director of The Community Hospital Fitness Pointe in Munster, Indiana in addition to teaching part time at Purdue University Northwest.
Becoming the Fitness Program Director was a huge role for me. Overseeing a staff of 40 fitness professionals in the areas of Group Fitness, Aquatic Fitness, Personal Training, and Clinical Specialist was overwhelming at first, but the resources I found through the American Council on Exercise were exceptional and have truly helped in all areas of my career. Since my directorship hire in 1998, I have become ACE certified in Personal Training in an effort to provide better training and education for my trainers, as well as serve as a role model.
The ACE certification is truly the gold standard in the fitness industry. ACE's consumer public service announcements and role as a fitness watchdog group is invaluable to the public at large. I have relied on its excellence for over 20 years not only for myself, my students and the fitness professionals who work for me but also for the consumers that participate in my programs.
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