Personal Trainer Highlight: Stacey Lim

Posted on: March 15, 2018

An energetic and caring mother of two, Stacey Lim knows the true meaning of “personal training.”  Stacey was a dog groomer for 15 years before making a commitment to fitness and an eventual career change to personal training.

“Dog grooming is very labor intensive, and I was starting to feel it every day,” said Lim. “And after having two children, I thought exercising might help me have energy to keep up with them more easily. I became passionate about fitness and decided to make it a career. I’m also proud that I’ve introduced healthy living into our household and that I’m being a good role model for my kids.”

Lim spent a lot of time getting certified for personal training and has additional certifications for specialized workouts. “I’m certified in “Silver Sneakers,” a program that focuses on the needs of people in (or close to) the Baby Boomer age group,” explained Lim. “Through the program, my clients’ insurance provides free membership to Ackerman SFC and classes are included. I provide additional training, including chair exercises and more progressive training that gets them out of the chair. Many clients in this older age group have never worked out, ever. It’s a challenge, but they work hard and reap the healthy rewards.”

Lim is also certified in TRX Yoga, which utilizes straps attached to a pulley system that’s bolted to a wall. “The straps help beginners learn the asanas, or the positions that we hold for a period of time while using special breathing techniques,” she explained. “One of my clients, a lady in her forties, couldn’t reach the floor when she started with me. Her knees wouldn’t let her hold poses for very long. She had back and neck issues and was taking Advil every day. After TRX Yoga, she feels much better, and doesn’t have pain anymore. She now takes Advil maybe once or twice a month.”

It hasn’t taken Lim long to discover the keys to personal training success. “My goal is to make workouts fun. If my clients don’t enjoy coming to the gym, they won’t stay with it. I like to laugh and have fun with them,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll bring a boombox to play their favorite music.”

Lim trains clients of all ages and enjoys putting together personalized workout plans for each  person based on their physical limitations, their goals, and their attitude. “I focus mostly on workouts that rely on using the client’s own body weight for resistance,” she explained. “While some senior clients will use machines for back support, I try to create a plan that includes planks, squats, and pushups, which don’t require free weights or machines. It’s important to change up each workout to avoid plateaus, so the client’s muscle memory allows them to continue getting stronger and losing weight.”

Lim is looking forward to increasing her client base so she can help more people get fit and have fun while doing it. “I also teach clients things they can do on their own at home and at the gym, so they do it more often,” she added. “The best part about my job is building relationships with people so they make fitness a part of their life.