"I became really motivated to try and help others succeed and reach their goals as I did. I realized that this is my future, this is what I would like to do, even though it was thousands of kilometers away from my homeland."
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My name is Yulia Shkolnik and I’m based in Netanya, Israel. I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 20 years now, and as of today I teach aerobic, Pilates, stretching, water aerobic, spin classes, and kickboxing. I’m also a gym instructor and nutrition and a healthy lifestyle advisor.
Do you remember the moment when you realized you want to be a trainer? When I was 20 years old, I started a shaping federation in Russia and had managed to change my body for the best in just a few years, something I never managed to do while practicing other kinds of sports. Then, I became really motivated to try and help others succeed and reach their goals as I did.
In my homeland, there were many shaping programs, and when I saw that, I realized that this is my future, this is what I would like to do, even though it was thousands of kilometers away from my homeland.
What are your 3 favorite parts of the fitness industry? Strength training, Pilates, and Functional training.
What are some of the main struggles you think fitness trainers face? How do you think they can be solved? I don’t really have any struggles, I do my job out of pure passion and love for the profession, so nothing counts as a struggle for me.
How are you pivoting or dealing with everything as a trainer right now? And how do you think it has shaped you as a trainer? COVID 19 has been a huge quantum leap for me, not only that my client base had increased, but I also created my own Instagram page that talks about fitness, nutrition, and living a healthy lifestyle.
I think it had brought many new opportunities for me and forced me to be more creative.
How do you think COVID will affect our industry in the years to come?
I think it will mainly hit the large gyms and that people would prefer small and more intimate group training.
What are some of the fitness trends and mentalities in your country? I live in a country where Interval training sessions are huge right now, and I also think Yoga had become really big lately as a result of COVID 19. People want to clear their minds and unplug. I think we should always change things up and move forward in order to not stay in a fixed stage.
What is the greatest piece of advice you can give other trainers from your experience? Love what you do.
Fitness trainer that inspires you?
What’s your motto? My motto is to always do the best you can.
Find Yulia on Instagram @yulia_shkolnik_fitness_trainer