Meet new AHWC Fitness Specialist Maddie Bilbo. Learn more about what made her want to become a trainer and her well-rounded training background.
What’s your home town?
“I am from a suburb northwest of Chicago named Elmwood Park.”
What made you become a trainer?
“I’ve always had better than average awareness of my body movements, so I had a fun childhood filled with sports, dancing, and ice skating. As I entered high school, I had more free time to explore exercise during my off-seasons. I realized as I kept working out, I liked it because it always cleared my mind and woke me up to continue on with the rest of the day! Thus, with the combination of great kinesthetic awareness and a love of being active, working out just became a part of me.
I always thought I would become a personal trainer, I just never knew when. When I entered college, I saw this ad for a personal training preparation class held at my university’s recreation center and I knew this was the time to become one. I initially thought that I would just do training throughout college and then quit after I graduated, but that wasn’t the case. As I became a senior, and I knew that I loved what I was already doing, I thought, ‘Why stop now?'”
What is unique about your training style?
“My training style is well-rounded. I have tried and taught almost everything out there – Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, barre, cycling, calisthenics, bodybuilding, sport-specific training, long-distance running, functional, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and corrective exercise. I believe I have the credentials to help almost any individual achieve what they desire.”
What can training clients expect when working with you?
“They can expect to see results! During workouts, I push when you need or want it, and step back when it’s necessary. In between sessions, I check in with you regularly to make sure you are continually growing, and adjust if necessary. Before each month, I create a workout schedule for you to adhere to. Lastly, expect a friend who just so happens to be your trainer as well!”
What’s your favorite piece of equipment to use at the AHWC?
“I personally love incorporating barbells and heavyweight into my training. I also just enjoy working with my bodyweight, because calisthenics is challenging as well! However, for most clients, I love using dumbbells, kettlebells, and balance-related equipment.”
What motivates you?
“I think motivation isn’t something to rely on all the time. Sheer habit and discipline have gotten me farther than motivation has, by far! However, when I’m really not feeling up to it, I always remind myself that I’ve never felt bad after a workout!”
Name a bucket list item you have.
“I love to travel, so I would say traveling internationally with my significant other because he has never been outside the country.”
What song would be included in your life’s soundtrack?
“‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ by Jet because every time I hear the song, it always makes me happy!”