My Personal Trainor encourages
Fitness center opens Saturday downtown

By AMANDA VOSS - Daily News

Sept. 24, 2014

 The greeting sign at the front entrance as Erin Trainor-Pilichowski sets up for a boot camp class at My Personal Trainor on Tuesday evening in West Bend.
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Erin Trainor-Pilichowski lost 80 pounds and wanted to give people a place to exercise without being judged. So she is opening My Personal Trainor.

My Personal Trainor, 152 N. Main St., is a one-on-one and group fitness studio that will open Saturday with a full schedule of classes starting in October. Free classes will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. during Saturday’s opening.

Trainor-Pilichowski’s biggest inspiration for losing weight was her 8-yearold son. She said she couldn’t keep up with him when he was age 2 and she didn’t want to be the mom sitting on the sidelines watching her child while he was on the playground.

“The reason I started it is because I was almost 80 pounds heavier and I was ashamed to walk into a gym and I felt like I was completely alone and I felt like I was judged going into any sort of fitness facility because I was so big,” Trainor-Pilichowski. “So after I lost the weight on my own at my house I knew that I needed to create a place for people to go where they would not feel that judgment where they could walk in with their head up. They could walk out with their head up.”

Trainor-Pilichowski, 32, teaches a bootcamp and two Train Dirty Fitness classes. Some of the classes include cardio conditioning, strength work and core development. She said other instructors, who are not part of My Personal Trainor, will teach yoga, Zumba and pilates.

She said the classes are smaller and modified from beginner to advanced.
 

 One of the motivation signs hung up at My Personal Trainor on Tuesday evening in West Bend. 
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“So, I have people who have never worked out in their life working along with people who are totally ripped and cut up in the same class,” Trainor-Pilichowski said. “The whole premise is no matter where you’re at in your journey we will either modify it down or up for you.”

Trainor-Pilichowski said beginner and advanced students working in one classroom inspire each other.

“The group we have in here are 100 percent supportive of each other. It’s a little fit family here,” Trainor-Pilichowski said.

Ann Treinen from the town of West Bend is student and she started taking classes at the beginning of the year. Trainor-Pilichowski had been renting spaces to teach classes before opening the business.

She said it has been life-changing.

“It’s the first thing that ever really clicked with me,” Treinen said.

She said not only does Trainor-Pilichowski transform her students physically, but she also helps them emotionally.

“The whole environment is different than a typical gym environment,” Treinen said. “No judging. Erin supports and pushes you to do anything if you set your mind to it.”

 Erin Trainor-Pilichowski demonstrates the exercise at one of the stations for a boot camp class at My Personal Trainor on Tuesday evening in West Bend.  
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Trainor-Pilichowski said she wants to be the support for others that she didn’t have.

“When I was so heavy I felt insignificant,” she said. “I felt like I was not worthy. I didn’t have any self-worth. I wanted other people to find themselves.”

My Personal Trainor is in downtown West Bend and Trainor-Pilichowski said she loves the direction the downtown is taking.

“I think it’s kind of changed. When I was a kid we would come down here and walked as a kid and then it kind of fell apart. There’s been this movement to revitalize it,” she said.

The grand opening is 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Trainor-Pilichowski said she’s holding all the classes that she offers.

During the grand opening, attendees can buy a pass for $29 and take any class for two weeks.

There is no membership fee so students only pay for the classes they take. For example, the high-intensity interval training class is $5 for a drop-in or four classes for $17. Classes and prices are on the website www.mypersonaltrainor.com.

Trainor-Pilichowski encourages people to come to My Personal Trainor for acceptance.

“The people that are in your class will encourage you,” she said. “The other students in the class will push you and encourage you and when you leave … nobody leaves feeling like ‘man I couldn’t keep up with that person.’ So, I guess it’s just the atmosphere of just everybody is good enough.”

For more information, visit the website or contact Trainor-Pilichowski at 262-353-1246 or
mypersonaltrainor@gmail.com