KEY LARGO — At a time when people are staying at home to defend themselves against the novel coronavirus, 33-year-old personal trainer Kara Jaeger has launched a mobile and virtual fitness business, Destination Dumbbell.
A bodyweight squat engages almost every muscle in the core and lower body, but the seemingly simple movement can be deceptive.
This is where Jaeger’s vigilant eye comes in; she’s able to maximize her client’s efforts by ensuring proper form to reap the best results.
“People flourish with more personal attention and I ensure proper form and functionality. I am demoing each exercise and discussing what’s happening. I plan out the sets, the reps, the exercises based on their goals. We work on cardiovascular health and target each muscle group,” she said.
For those who are leery about returning to the gym, Jaeger is set up to host sweat sessions virtually.
“I’ve been a personal trainer for about three years and I’ve previously worked at a local gym. I do mostly, at the moment, virtual training since it’s a better fit for some people who can’t go back to the gym,” Jaeger said.
“This is a way for people to stay active. I’ve been able to utilize their space. We’ll do sit-to-stands using a kitchen chair, push-ups using the coffee table or up against a wall. Usually I find that people have a lot of equipment in their homes, so it’s a win-win. People are able to use the equipment that they have and they gain the knowledge to be able to continue exercising on their own.”
Destination Dumbbell already has clients across the U.S.
“I have clients in Cape Cod, Oregon and Colorado, so I always have to be aware of the time zones,” Jaeger said. “I’m really good at accommodating people’s schedules.”
Elissa Connolly has been working out with Jaeger for nearly two months.
“It’s a little rigorous in the beginning, but as I developed muscle memory, the workouts started to get a little easier,” Connolly said. “I’ve done group classes, and I really need pinpoint motivation to get things done. Kara has done a great job in getting me motivated and moving with the equipment that I have. She’s been reasonable and flexible and adhered to my individual needs. With being in graduate school and working, she accommodates my schedule.”
An initial session with Destination Dumbbell usually begins with some paperwork.
Jaeger likes to learn about clients’ health history, previous injuries, surgeries or restrictions so she can customize her exercises and program.
“We discuss what their goals are, if they’ll be training with me two or three times a week and we discuss times and availability,” Jaeger said.
Fitness packages are offered as a choice of five, 10 or 20 hours with increments of 30 minutes or an hour.
Jaeger is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine, Exercise and Medicine, and Biomechanics.
“I take continuing education classes all the time,” she said.
“I love being physically active. It really helps me mentally and physically. It’s a passion of mine and it’s an opportunity for me to help others. When people tell me that they can now walk up the stairs without any knee pain, it’s fulfilling to me.”
Consistency and nutrition are key to proper fitness, Jaeger said.
“There is no quick fix. It’s a combination of eating healthy and exercising. I encourage people to eat clean and eliminate processed foods, sugars and alcohol for at least the first 10 days of every month. People feel better when they eat whole foods and vegetables,” she said. “No results are guaranteed. If people don’t put the effort in, I can’t help them. I’m here to motivate and help you get through it.”
Destination Dumbbell also offers one-on-one personal training in home from Key Largo to Islamorada for residents and visitors alike.
“My goal is to keep people on a program for at least three weeks and get the muscle-mind connection before I switch it up. It all depends. Some people prefer to do a different workout every single day, which is what I like.”
For more information find Destination Dumbbell on Facebook and Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org.