Unveiling the Power of 1:1 Personal Training: An Exclusive Interview with Montana Pessin, Director of Products and Program

Is personal coaching exclusive to elite athletes and the affluent? Can everyday individuals, who simply wish to maintain a healthy lifestyle, genuinely benefit from tailored fitness guidance? 


The answer is yes: personal coaching can benefit anyone to help them move without pain, age gracefully, and maintain their mobility and independence throughout life. It is not just about building muscle or achieving a certain appearance, but about overall well-being and quality of life.


This is the essence of what pivfit champions through its one-on-one coaching through our Corporate Wellness Program.


We will explore the role of a fitness coach, how they assess clients’ fitness levels and goals, their philosophy in training, and how they track progress throughout the fitness journey. We will also delve into the importance of nutrition guidance and why personal coaching is not just for athletes or the wealthy. 


For more profound insights, we caught up with Montana Pesin, the Director of Products and Programs at pivfit. Montana shares her experiences in personal coaching and how she has helped individuals achieve their fitness goals efficiently.


Get ready to feel inspired and motivated to take your fitness journey to the next level!

What is a Fitness Coach?

According to Montana, a fitness coach is like a GPS that guides you towards your goals. They provide you with the necessary direction and knowledge to navigate your fitness journey efficiently. Without a fitness coach, you may find yourself taking detours and wasting time. With their expertise, they can help you reach your goals faster and more effectively.

Assessing Clients’ Fitness Levels and Goals

As a coach, Montana emphasizes the importance of listening and asking open-ended questions to understand clients’ core goals and motivations. By assessing their current fitness level and knowledge, she can tailor a workout plan that suits their individual needs. This personalized approach ensures that clients are engaged and motivated to achieve their fitness goals.

"A fitness coach is like a GPS that guides you towards your goals. They provide you with the necessary direction and knowledge to navigate your fitness journey efficiently."

Philosophy in Training: A Combination of Strength, Cardio, and Flexibility

Montana believes in incorporating a combination of strength training, cardio, and flexibility exercises into her clients’ workout routines. While she personally enjoys all aspects of fitness, she recognizes that each client has their own preferences and goals. By adapting the training regimen to their preferences, Montana ensures that her clients enjoy their workouts and stay committed to their fitness journey.

Tracking and Measuring Progress

To track clients’ progress, Montana keeps detailed records of each session, including the weights used, number of reps and sets, energy levels, and overall feelings. She measures her clients’ progress every other week, allowing Montana to make necessary adjustments to their workout plans. This regular tracking helps clients stay motivated and provides them with a clear picture of their fitness journey.


This also helped Montana keep her clients going even during the COVID-19 pandemic. By providing guidance, tracking, and maintaining accountability, she helped them stay on track with their fitness goals and adapt to challenging circumstances.

Dealing with Injuries

Montana approaches injuries with an initiative-taking mindset. For clients who come in with injuries, she focuses on avoiding further damage while promoting faster healing. She also strives to understand the root of the injury to better help her clients avoid future injuries. 


One standout memory for Montana was when a client fainted during a training session. While it was a frightening instance, it drove her to further educate herself in managing such situations to ensure her clients’ safety.

Staying Up to Date with Fitness Trends

Montana stays current with the latest fitness trends by continuously seeking new certifications and continuing her education. She acknowledges that while trends may come and go, essential training principles like functional training and CrossFit remain popular and effective. Montana also keeps an eye on new equipment that can enhance her clients’ workouts, such as sandbags and kettlebells.

The Role of Nutrition in Fitness

Montana is not just a fitness coach. She is also a certified precision nutritionist who understands the importance of nutrition in supporting clients’ fitness goals. Even for clients who do not specifically ask for nutrition guidance, she subtly encourages them to think about their food choices and how it affects their energy levels. Montana emphasizes the significance of eating before workouts and staying hydrated, as these factors impact performance and overall well-being.

Success Stories: From Weight Loss to Active Aging

Montana shares two inspiring success stories. One involves spouses who lost over thirty pounds each during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their dedication, accountability, and progress in both fitness and nutrition highlight the power of personal coaching. 


The other success story involves a 97-year-old client who maintains her mobility and strength through regular training sessions. These stories demonstrate that personal coaching is not only for athletes or the wealthy but can benefit anyone who wants to improve their quality of life and maintain independence as they age.

Introducing pivfit: Making Fitness and Wellness Accessible

As the Director of Products and Programs for pivfit, Montana is part of a company that aims to make fitness, nutrition, and wellness accessible to everyone. pivfit offers affordable personal coaching and group classes, ensuring that individuals of all backgrounds can prioritize their health and well-being.

Join us to gain more insights from Montana and our other experts on personal coaching and how it can transform your fitness journey!

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