It's time to start feeling better about yourself.  Start today.

By Velma Garnes
                   (a.k.a the Velmanator)

Being a personal trainer is not just something I do, it's who I am.  

This site is a continual collection of 29 years of being a personal trainer during which time I have learned key information about what people need to better their physical and mental health. Not only am I a personal trainer, I help with personal living.

I've been asked hundreds, if not thousands of questions and instead of trying to continue to answer these questions in the corner of a gym when asked,  I've compiled the answers to such questions into this website so that you may be empowered with the information you need to get you started on your own healthy journey - TODAY!

Look, health and wellness is a confusing industry.  It makes me angry to see people get duped because it chips away a little bit of their self trust each time they fail to get the results they seek.   It's not themselves they shouldn't trust.  

       Altruism is not a character flawStop blaming yourself. 

It's the faulty method that's been sold to you that fails to deliver the results you seek.  There are trinkets, fads, and trends that come and go. 

Wouldn't you like to know what's going to send you in the right direction? 


I don't blame you and I want that for you too. 

"Velma is such an inspiration to me. Because of her, I have lost a total of 80 pounds with only 30 more to go. I now have a zest for working out; eating right (semi-organically) and I am enjoying my new found life!!!! Thank you Velma!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

- Sylvia Kelley, Executive Assistant, CSU Athletics Department

Listen, there are no easy, quick fixes and no magic bullets.  None.  If there were we would all look fantastic and obesity would not be one of the major leading health concerns.  Unfortunately, it's not just in America anymore.   It's spreading to our neighboring countries.  

It really doesn't have to be this way.  Learn what you can on this site and begin to implement what you learn into your lifestyle one good, healthy habit at a time, then come back and learn more as I continue to add helpful information.

"Velma Garnes has been the epitome of fitness as long as I've known her. She has competed in mini and full marathons just to see if she could. 

She inspires her students to give more during her training sessions and they respond well to her motivation and her enthusiasm, which indicates that she loves what she does.

If you want a truly motivating and moving training experience, look this trainer up because she is definitely worth it. 

Trust me when I say that I know training that is both intense and demanding.

Semper Fidelis Velma"

- Major Bryan M. Esprit United States Marine Corps

"Velma is the epitome of an amazing trainer. She is truly committed to her clients and their goals. In my one year training with her, I have never heard a “negative” comment from her and she would not allow me to speak negative of my abilities. Words of encouragement and empowerment remain constant during my sessions with Velma.

Moreover, she is honest and an inspiration to us “real women” by acknowledging the daily challenges of healthy living and provides us with the tools to approach these challenges. Her knowledge in maximizing my workouts in a short period of time is priceless and she always keeps my body “guessing”.

Velma’s spirit is absolutely infectious. I look forward to seeing her weekly!" 

Dr. Mariko Dewire

My advice for now?:

When you add a good habit in, take a bad one away.  You only fail if you stop trying.  Learn the truth of what will finally get you on that road to your well being.

Even though by trade I am a personal fitness trainer,  I have taken note that there are other things that contribute to our well being that share in our total health:

                                   mindfulness, spirituality & joy,

                                           ......other than the exercise piece of the puzzle.

I've enjoyed compiling them all into this website for you and I hope you find it helpful!!

"Velma is an inspiration. She makes me want to be a healthier person in mind, spirit and body. She is so positive and uplifting. 

Under her coaching, I have learned to love my body. I eat healthier today than I ever have in my life. I am more committed to exercise - I enjoy it (she helped me realize the fun and diversity). She has so inspired me that I am running my first half marathon this spring! I know I will do it, I will finish the race....because Velma is training me and has taught me to believe in me and my strength! 

She is so knowledgeable. She is a natural teacher. She doesn't just tell me "what to do" but she tells me why - she explains the impact, alternatives and the results that will come .

I highly recommend Velma as a trainer - she will have such a positive impact on you, as she has for me".

- Jodie Bare, V.P., Strategy and Services PrimeTech

You know, life happens to all of us and we may get bogged down for a spell and when we get our feet back under us, we are ready to begin again.  Begin again by being better.  Just be better.  It doesn't have to happen all in one day.  You don't have to limit yourself to the first of the year.  Take baby steps now and just trust yourself to make your life better and healthier one choice at a time because you can!  

You are worth it and YOU deserve it.  Believe it! 

Prior to joining my current gym in July 2011 I had trained for and completed thirteen marathons. Two of those were the Boston Marathon. I wanted to take a few weeks off before deciding on my next physical fitness goal. When I trained for marathons all I did was run. I didn’t incorporate any strength or cross training. Over the seven and a half years that I did so I lost three jacket sizes. I had really neglected my upper body. It was all about running.

About six weeks after completing my last marathon I was doing some yard work. I was really struggling with lifting bags of mulch. That’s when it became clear to me that I needed to add some strength. After all I was 46 and knew it would be a struggle to gain lean muscle. I consulted with a friend who had taken a similar path a few years prior. He set me up with an eight station strength training routine. 

Over the next nine months I observed several if not all of the personal trainers interacting with their various clients. I was especially impressed with the care and attention that Velma provided to her clientele. My impression of her was that she was very experienced and knowledgeable. 

Then one day in March 2012 I decided to take a Friday afternoon body strength class. At this point I didn’t even know Velma’s name, so I didn’t realize that she would be the instructor of this class. It was a pleasant surprise which validated my opinions of her. She challenged us but did it with care and dignity. 

I took it a few more times before she suggested afterwards that I try her spinning class. I appreciated that she took the time to offer such an encouragement. Sometimes I do need prodding.

I had never taken spin before. The first class I took she immediately showed me how to set up my bike properly. She even jumped off her bike once to retrieve my water bottle after I clumsily missed the holder. Some may say that’s a trivial gesture, but I have to disagree. It demonstrated to me that she really cares about the folks she’s teaching. Before long I ordered a pair of spinning shoes. I was hooked all thanks to Velma’s helpfulness. Somehow she makes her classes fun along with challenging, effective, and informative. That’s not an easy recipe to fulfill in my view.

A few months ago I concluded that my strength training had reached a plateau. I needed some sort of a jump start, but I didn’t know what. Velma to the rescue. She devised a workout schedule and diet plan to help me add lean muscle. I implemented it just shy of three weeks ago. Already I have added between four to six pounds of lean muscle. 

I trust and respect Velma’s professional experience, knowledge, and expertise. I can’t wait to see progress going forward!

- Sean Sproul

Sean before

Sean now

Welcome!  Come on in and have a look around.  Stay for as long as you like;o)   XO!   

Sincerely, - Velma


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