Some folks call me LB, Luna, but I usally go by Lunelle/LCBFitness
First off thanks so much for doing this. I really appreciate you one allowing me to share with you by letting me to train you and two for just taking the time out to now answer these questions and share yourself with others. Ok...here goes:
So dancer first and then...trainer. How did all of that come about? and was the transition easy?
Yea I danced for many years. I studied Ballet, but I mostly performed and auditioned in the styles of Modern, Jazz, and Urban.
I even moved out to Los Angeles in my 20’s, signed with MSA (McDonald Selznick Associates) Agency and pursued a career dance for the next 6 years.
The lifestyle became waaaaaaay to bleak for me, and was dealt some pretty harsh lessons about the business of show-business. And I think like anything else once you attach dollar signs to something, it begins to lose its integrity. That’s really why I stopped pursuing dance. Dance to me is movement, art, passion and soul, and the more I tried to make a living off of it, the creativity and beauty of dance became increasingly distant to me.
Once I decided I was no longer going to pursue dance for a living, but instead create it at my own discretion. It was so hard to reach that decision, and transition out of something I worked so hard at. I have a creative spirit, and a free one, but I am also a self starter. I needed to figure out my plan B. A friend of mine suggested Personal Training to me. I didn’t know what it entailed really, I had taught classes, so I thought it would be similar. This was probably 14 years ago. My first day was so nerve wracking. I fumbled, I stuttered, I grasped, but I hung in there. The transition wasn’t easy. For so many years I exercised, and dieted in such a particular way that dancers usually do, and I didn’t understand then that particular method was just killing my body. But I knew I wanted to be as good or better than the trainers that I looked up to when I started seriously working in this business. The business became so fascinating to me in all aspects, but more importantly I found that I could really help people and make a difference in their lives. That was an amazing feeling.
Loved your posting on Instagram - “teach fitness not fads” (from NASM) - so awesome! How would your clients describe a “Lunelle Session”? and what are you trying to impress on your clients in your sessions?
Hahaha I love that quote as well. I think my clients would say I represent the quote well.
A few words come to mind of how my clients would describe my sessions: Challenging, Fun, Inspiring, Innovative, Knowledgable, Empowering, but one word in particular pops up over and over again among my clients, and it’s the word Intense.
All of those terms used to describe my session, are all true, but more importantly I teach my clients to build a fitness base/foundation first before hopping on whatever fitness fad is out there. Fitness is supposed to be fun, but it’s also supposed to prevent injuries. Stick to your particular program, and on your rest day, or fun day by all means go try something new, but not before you have created your fitness base. That base will help keep you from getting hurt, or doing too much too quickly before your body is prepared.
Its summer time and it seems like there is so much focus in the media to get that “summer body” or “bikini ready” what do you have to say to all of that?
Himmmmm…..I’m all about balance and maintenance. Maintain a clean diet and workout consistently so that you are not scrambling to create a perfect physique in 2 weeks. Which is impossible by the way.
We all have our cravings, our weaknesses, and our lazy days. It’s normal as imperfect, human beings. But it is also our responsibility to take care of ourselves and keep our minds, bodies, and lives in check. There is no quick fix, or magic method. We have to show up and do the work. By the way all the juice detoxes, pills, and super workouts people put themselves through are very short term, and only work if you’re already at a specific level of fitness to begin with.
I know personally I feel like I am just (well definitely within the last 5 years) beginning to feel comfy in my skin - I give thanks everyday for my body and the fact that I am healthy and I’m kinda really digging on parts of my body now. How do you feel about your body? and have you always felt that way?
I was not always in love with my body. In my 20s I struggled, I think as most girls in their 20s do, but more so because I was a dancer. It was hard for me to maintain the body frame of a working dancer. I was truly unhealthy. Now at 37 years old, I can say that I am in great shape. Of course there are things that I still struggle with but I have also learned to accept them. I do think that comes with getting older. I love feeling strong in my own body. It’s not so much an aesthetics thing. Its more about examining what areas of my body impair me from finishing a workout and creating the right protocol or response to address those issues put my body back together. It feels powerful, to be able to heal my body and build it up.
What are some fitness goals you have set for yourself - personally and for LCBFitness?
I don’t really have fitness goals. I think for me it’s truly more about continuing to build on a healthy, strong, mind and body. I have clients that are Triathletes, they keep trying to get me to compete. Maybe…..hahhahha I keep toying with the idea.
In terms of my business, I want to continue Empowering one client at a time with a true understanding of how to lead a strong, healthy and balanced lifestyle. Give them knowledge and confidence amidst all the hype that surrounds their everyday existence.
Working out for me is more about how I feel more so than about what I look like - don’t get me wrong I wanna look good but...rapid fire question time. All about how you feel. When do you feel...
Working out on leg days
When I’ve empowered others with a better understanding of their bodies
Getting dressed up. I love a good pair of heels, a dress, and makeup
When I know I’ve put in the work, and did my best
When I cook all my meals for the week
When I’ve slept 8 straight hours
When I’m in the studio dancing
When my Boyfriend gives me that knowing look
When I’m creating
When I have time for myself,( a walk, read a book, daydream)
I resolve to move by...
Getting my strength workouts in 6 days a week, taking a weekly yoga class, running, biking, and jumping rope daily.