In addition to her work in training and physical fitness, Wannall pens a weekly health column in the Sunday edition of The Daily Tribune News. See page 9C for this week’s installment.
Name: Mary Wannall
Occupation: Owner of Real Life Fitness and a personal trainer
Family: Husband, Danny, and children Graham, age 12, and Katie, age 10
Education: Health and Physical Education from the University of Georgia
How did you become interested in physical fitness?
A: All through my school years, my favorite class, of course, was PE. In middle school I was on the track and basketball teams and just loved working out. Once in college I kept my love for fitness by becoming a group fitness instructor teaching the old Jane Fonda workouts and step aerobics, and a personal trainer. I’ve been doing “all things fitness” since then.
What led you to open Real Life Fitness and Metabolic Training in Cartersville?
A: We bought Gold’s Gym in 2001 and moved its location to the west side of town in 2004. Our contract for the Gold’s Gym franchise was up in April 2014, so we decided to take a step of faith and change the name to Real Life Fitness. It has been a wonderful change. A year ago I decided to form a group training program inside our gym and call it Metabolic Training, which has been a great addition to our personal training program.
What is your daily workout routine?
A: Sometimes I work out with my Metabolic Training Group which consists of cardio and weight training. Once a week, I teach a cycle class and a step class and then other days I either train with a workout partner in the weight room or go for a run.
Are there any misconceptions about physical fitness you encounter on a regular basis?
A: The biggest misconception is that most people feel like they have to get in shape before they join a gym or training program. The purpose of a gym is to actually lose weight and get in shape, not to just stay in shape. Another misconception is that people think they have to workout 1 to 2 hours everyday when in reality if you train a little faster and harder you can burn the same amount of calories in 30 minutes as you do an hour.
How challenging is it to create an individual workout routine for a client? What kind of information is your recommendation based on?
A: I base all of my information on the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Sports Medicine and their recommendations. Some clients are really hard to prepare workouts for because of all their physical injuries and limitations, but I like the challenge. And then there are young athletes that are super easy to train because they like different challenges every time they work out. I like helping all ages and all types of people.
If you had a dream job, what would it be?
A: I truly believe I have my dream job. Since I was in middle school, all I ever thought about doing was owning a fitness center and training people to help them get in shape.
What is your greatest achievement?
A: Having a family that loves the Lord and tries to honor Him daily.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I love to scrapbook. I love to still get pictures printed and put them in albums.
Do you have a personal motto?
A: I have lots of fitness mottos like “Go Hard or Go Home,” but my favorite motto is to from Proverbs 16:3 which says “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
If you were to write your autobiography or memoirs, what would the title be?
A: I guess I would entitle my autobiography, “Mary Wannall, Just trying to be Faithful.”