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Lake Minnetonka Living, January/February 2007

Committing to Getting Fit

Lake Minnetonka area offers many opportunities for people to exercise

By Kelly Westhoff

Honesty, says Leigh Ann Steeber, is an important first step in setting a fitness goal. Steeber, a certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and owner of LA Personal Training, coaches her clients towards health in her Long Lake studio. “Most people,” she says, “have really good intentions about getting in shape. They start with lots of enthusiasm, but it’s hard to keep the momentum going. Jogging today is one thing. Jogging for the rest of your life is another.”

She adds, “I ask my clients some tough questions. I ask them, ‘What kept you from sticking to your fitness goals in the past?’ Common answers are children and work, so I challenge them with another question, ‘Why do you think getting in shape is going to be different this time around?’” Career and family obligations, Steeber points out, aren’t easy to ditch.

“Getting in shape is more than willpower. There is a lot of cognitive work involved if you really want to change your lifestyle,” she explains. “Weight loss is such a complicated thing. Unfortunately, there’s so much shame involved with dieting. But I’m not here to judge, I’m here to help. It’s all about finding balance, being mindful and adopting good habits for a lifetime.”

Steeber begins her personal training sessions by assessing her client’s resting and active metabolic levels. With the help of a machine, she is able to pin point the number of calories each individual burns while moving and while being still. “The 2,500 calorie-a-day guideline is not one-size-fits-all,” Steeber says. “Once we know how many calories your body is actually burning, then we can figure out how many calories you should really be eating.”

Steeber challenges her clients to document their eating habits for a week, then she works with them to reshape their food intake. She also tailors individual exercise routines that can be done in her studio or at home.

“My passion is helping people,” Steeber said. “I want to see my clients succeed. I want to be on the battle line, helping people meet their fitness goals and breaking the chain of perpetual inactivity. My clients are real people looking for real change.”

The remainder of this article can be found in the January/February 2007 issue of Lake Minnetonka Living magazine.

To learn more about Leigh Ann Steeber and LA Personal Training, visit www.ptwithla.com.

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