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ACE-certified Success Stories

Tricia Bland
ACE-certified Personal Trainer
L.E.A.N. Consulting
Bakersfield, California

3rd Runner-up, 2004 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year

When I was a little girl I loved to eat and consequently I became quite overweight. At the age of 12 my pediatrician placed me on a diet and over the course of one year I lost 37 pounds. At the age of 13, I was transformed into a new person, physically and emotionally. I could physically move with greater ease and speed, I gained self-confidence and I was no longer teased by my peers for being overweight. In high school I signed up for track and with persistent training and encouragement from my coach I broke the female high school record for the mile and ran a 4:48. Upon graduating from high school I was accepted to the University of California at Davis, in the field of nutrition and dietetics. In 1984 I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's of Science. In 1985 I was accepted into the Nutrition and Dietetics Internship program at the University of San Francisco - Hospitals and Clinics. In 1987 I became accredited through the American Dietetic Association as a Registered Dietitian. In 1997 to enhance my background in health, I received a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Education from Loma Linda University.

While attending UC Davis, at the ages of 19 and 21, I underwent two breast biopsies for benign breast tumors. In 1992, after an eleven year struggle with breast tumors, I had bilateral radical mastectomies. I required physical therapy to regain my upper body strength and range of motion. I had always been physically active since my childhood weight loss; however, after my surgery I was procrastinating on returning to the gym. Prior to my surgery, I became pregnant with quadruplets. I had two sets of identical twins, and one twin survived from each set, blessing me with one boy and one girl. I had already lost all my weight gain from the pregnancy and I did not want to regain the weight I had lost. I needed a goal to motivate me. I had seen personal trainers at my gym, so I contacted ACE and selected a test date. I gave myself one year to prepare myself physically and mentally to become a personal trainer. I have now been a personal trainer for ten years and I am grateful ACE provided the springboard to renewed health and a new career. After eight major surgeries, my certification with ACE has given me the motivation and education to increase my muscle strength and aerobic endurance. Since my certification I have challenged myself and have run four marathons and qualified/ran in the Boston marathon; I have participated in 11 multi-discipline adventure races, and qualified and competed in the 2002 Discovery Channel World Championship Adventure Race in Switzerland.

As a personal trainer and a registered dietitian I have been blessed with the opportunity to educate my clients on how to compliment physical activity with balanced nutrition for optimal health. There is nothing more motivating and rewarding than having the ability to help others regain, maintain and improve their health.

In 2001, I left the corporate hospital setting and opened my own business, L.E.A.N. Consulting. It is a private gym that offers one-on-one personal training. I teach circuit training and offer a variety of aerobic and anaerobic stations. All of my clients are aerobically monitored using Polar heart monitors. I myself was born with an enlarged heart and have been able to eliminate all of my heart medications, with close heart monitoring to ensure I am training within my aerobic zone. Each month my clients receive a healthy recipe and a health education tip to compliment their exercise program. My company's motto is, "Nutrition and fitness, your best health insurance."

As an ACE-certified Personal Trainer, I was honored to be nominated by several of my clients for the 2004 ACE Personal Trainer of the Year, and I was awarded third runner up in that category. I am thankful to be affiliated with an organization that provides the business tools, technical skills, and professional development and guidance to create and sustain a thriving business.

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