This series is designed to bring you voices from the fitness industry so that you can learn from different approaches, in addition to my own.
Featured Fitness Professional: Dianna Scotece, CSCS
CA: Tell me a bit about your career as well as outside interests.
DS: I’ve worked in the fitness industry for 25 years and am currently a personal trainer in NYC. Throughout my career, I’ve stayed involved in competitive sports, including running marathons, swimming, and bodybuilding. For the last few years, I’ve been participating in Olympic weight-lifting competitions and have recently won my age division at the national level.
Outside of work, I’ve enjoyed drawing and painting for many years and have recently created an apparel line featuring a logo I designed. The company is called Her Strength and I created this image to honor both the strength and the femininity in women. But, because of demand, I’ve expanded to include men’s sizes and I eventually plan to create more logos to represent different sports.
DS: I literally grew up in a gym. Back then it was called a “Fitness Center” filled with chrome-plated Nautilus equipment (of course). I would go there after school and wait for my mom to get off of work–she helped with the accounting. The members and staff there became my second family. It’s been a way of life for me since I was in elementary school.
CA: What is your coaching philosophy/approach?
DS: It’s very simple: I try to help my clients use their bodies in a safe and effective manner when they are navigating their environments. Hopefully the things we work on at the gym help them in their day to day lives.
DS: A few clients to come to mind. They are the ones who, when they first started training, viewed their bodies as vehicles that carried around their brains. Now they lift, push, pull and squat with the best of any regular gym goer.
DS: They are very inconsistent with their workouts. That includes coming to the gym and doing their exercise homework. And also some clients avoid exerting themselves because they don’t like being sore or sweating.
DS: The biggest sticking points for some of my people tend to be the mental ones–these can be hard to overcome. The best I can do is listen and try to give them a way of reframing a situation or movement.
DS: Yes, leave your ego at the door. It doesn’t matter how much weight is on the bar if you’re doing it wrong. Learn a skill the right way the first time. Also, don’t talk during your set!