Meet Lisa Ortiz: Your Next Trainer
The fitness explosion we’re experiencing has been incredible. People have taken their diets and workout regimes to the next level, while chronicling their progress on social media. One woman who took the challenge and has remade her body is Lisa Ortiz. Lisa is a professional trainer hailing from Long Island. She moved to New York City over a year ago, and has established herself as a great trainer. We sat down with Lisa to talk about why she chose to become a trainer, how she helps her clients design a workout program, and some tips for our readers.
Where can the readers find you? IG, twitter, Facebook, website.
I’m @lisatrains on Instagram. I’ll let you know when I get my website up!
Where are you based out of?
I’m all over New York City. Right now I’m at Equinox on 85th street, but I also have private clients that I train around the city.
What made you decide I want to be a trainer?
It was a bit of a process. I lost weight myself, and found I liked making fitness a lifestyle instead of just working out. Also, people were asking me for advice on fitness and working out, and being healthy and what they should do. On the other hand, I was feeling stuck with my career. So I put 2 and 2 together and decided to get my certification.
Was it difficult getting your certification? What was that process like?
It was hard! I felt like I was back at school. I had to do a lot of studying to make sure I knew everything. Basic biology and anatomy, courses like that. It took a little while, but I got it.
My site has a lot of guys following. Can you share some exercises for guys who are trying to get ready for the summer?
For the beach body type of look. It’s really not that hard. It’s about slimming down. You want to do as much cardio as you are doing weight and strength training. If you’re already slim, maybe doing more strength training will get you there. One of the best things to do is to cut out dairy and alcohol for a while. Those two things really stick to our bodies. Our bodies tend to absorb and hold on to it longer. Cardio should be long distance cardio, not short bursts of cardio. You want to do 30 minutes of steady cardio instead of 30 seconds of all out. The longer you can go in cardio, you’re tapping into those fat pockets where we are storing fat. The longer you keep your heart rate up, you’re burning through more fat.
So we should run 2-3 miles a day instead of 100 yard sprints.
Quite a few fitness pages pop up on IG. Which ones do you recommend the readers check out?
I’ve seen a lot of women wearing waist trainers to work out lately. Does it actually work?
Those waist shapers have been around for decades. The only benefit is it’s keeping heat around your waist, and helping you to burn more calories.
How do you go about designing a workout plan for a client?
I’m very technical when it comes to making my clients programs. It’s about what they want and what they need. I like to see the way a person moves and how their body moves before I design their workout. There just may be some natural imbalances there.
What do you mean by that?
If you sit down 8 hours a day for your job, you’re shoulders are going to cave in, your core is going to be weaker, your back may be a little stiff, your glutes won’t be as strong. For the basic exercises, you need a strong core, a strong back and strong glutes. So you have to correct these things first before you add an extra load to an already weakened body. Health concerns are major as well. There are a lot of things to factor in. I want my clients to be functioning and moving when they’re 80 and having great mobility.
I’m going to start training for Nike Football Society. What would be a good diet for me, pre-workout and post-workout.
For someone playing flag football, you need a lot of energy for a short period of time. You should start bulking up on your carbs. Carbs are good for the short, explosive interval training. Fats are for your longer workout, the 2-5 mile runs. You have to bump up calorie intake because you’re going to be burning through so many calories during games. You need to give back the calories you’ll be burning in order for your system to reset after workouts. Stick to whole grains and complex carbs like brown rice and multi-grain. Also drink a protein shake 20-30 minutes after a workout.
What are your future plans? Where do you want to take this?
I would love to own a gym with someone. I like helping people, so it comes naturally for me to help people become healthier and happier with themselves. When I lost weight, it was the best confidence booster I could give myself. It’s extremely hard to stay motivated and stay committed, but it’s important to be happy with yourself. If I can get one woman a day to realize and learn that being fit is completely different than being skinny, I would be very happy with myself.
If you want Lisa to train you, you can email her here.